Back Pain

While back pain is very common, it’s also one of the most debilitating complaints we treat.

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Neck Pain

Whether it’s a sports injury, accident or other issue, we can work with you to relieve neck pain.

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Speech Therapy

Our speech therapy experts can help you improve speech and reduce the frustration of speech issues.

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Occupational Therapy

Our licensed occupational therapists can help you get back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

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Massage Therapy

Feeling stressed? Anxious? Noticing pain or muscle tension that wasn’t there before? We can help!

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ML830® Laser

Our ML830® laser is an innovative tool to help a variety of conditions. And it’s the only one in the area.

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Occupational Therapy

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapist

Participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person's goals.
  • customized intervention to improve the person's ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals.
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client's home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Occupational Therapy Basics

Occupational therapy treatment focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; kids, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main job is playing and learning, and occupational therapists can evaluate kids' skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with someone's physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes OT a vital part of health care for some kids.

A Variety of Settings

Occupational therapists work with young children, adolescents, adults and older people in these areas:

  • physical rehabilitation
  • mental health services
  • learning disability
  • primary care
  • pediatrics
  • environmental adaptation
  • care management
  • equipment for daily living