What chronic diseases can Occupational Therapy help?

19 Jul, 2022

Occupational Therapy is a health care field that promotes well-being and health by enabling patients to conduct daily activities effectively. These activities include showering, preparing food, feeding, dressing, and productive activities like work, caring for others, and leisure and social activities. The Occupational Therapist will evaluate what activities the patient can do, their limitations, and their goals and provide the advice or techniques to perform the activities better.

If you’re wondering whether you need Occupational Therapy, you’ve come to the right place. This article will look at groups of people who can benefit from this type of therapy. Occupational Therapy is beneficial to people dealing with:

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Stroke recovery

Ischemic stroke occurs when a brain vessel bursts or blood supply to the brain is blocked. This hinders nutrients and oxygen from reaching critical parts of the brain. As a result, most stroke patients may have long-term paralysis on both sides or one side of the body and may experience memory, vision, speech, and language problems. Occupational Therapy helps prevent the situation from deteriorating, allowing the patient to perform more activities independently.

The stroke patient may require Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. A Speech Therapist will help patients with difficulty speaking, while a Physical Therapist will address issues like wheelchair independence, bed mobility, and gait training.

Speech Therapy techniques are mainly used to enhance communication skills. A Speech Pathologist works with children and adults coping with language, speech sounds, fluency, social communication, swallowing, and feeding problems. At Gen Physio, we help stroke patients with speech and language issues regain these abilities, ensuring they can cope with daily life better.

Mental health issues

Occupational Therapy is helpful for patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, dementia, psychoses, and developmental issues like autism. These conditions can be debilitating, making it hard to cope with daily life. In this case, Occupational Therapists’ main aim is to help them cope with the effects of mental illness, low self-esteem, isolation, and loss of motivation.

Pulmonary issues

Pulmonary diseases encompass all diseases affecting the functioning of the lungs. Such illnesses can affect how one breathes and may be caused by underlying conditions like pneumonia, pulmonary hypertension, and asthma. Occupational Therapy for pulmonary disease patients may entail physical exercise education to improve muscle and heart strength.

Cardiac Disease recovery

When an individual suffers from cardiovascular disease, they may experience shortness of breath, difficulty participating in routine activities, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. These limitations can be frustrating, but Occupational Therapy provides hope. This type of therapy may involve education on healthy heart living, stress reduction counselling, and exercise training.

Book an appointment with us today

Gen Physio is a nationally recognised Allied Health provider in Australia committed to helping patients perform meaningful daily activities efficiently. We will come to your home, school, aged care facility, or any other familiar environment. Contact us today to schedule a mobile occupational therapy session with our professionals.

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