Occupational therapy (OT) is a form of healthcare that is geared toward resolving problems or reducing the severity of challenges that limit one’s ability to do the things that are essential for survival and other everyday things.
Such activities can include working, attending school, getting dressed, making a meal, sports, and other leisure activities. These challenges can be physical, sensory, or cognitive problems.
In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of OT and the occupational therapy services that we offer.
Who Needs Occupational Therapy?
Anyone, including children and the elderly can benefit from occupational therapy. Children may need OT because of congenital or developmental conditions, while adults may need occupational therapy for the same reasons, as they have grown with the condition.
Who are Occupational Therapists and Where can I Find One?
Occupational therapists are university-educated, professionally trained and certified providers of OT services. They create care plans surrounding each person’s challenges to provide preventive or corrective action so that person may have the most normal life possible.
Occupational therapists work with other medical professionals and are trained to understand every aspect of their patients’ condition in order to efficiently deliver the most appropriate care. At Sioux Center Health, we have three highly qualified occupational therapists who are experienced and have built their careers on achieving true results.
Benefits of OT
Kids are the primary consumers of occupational therapy, as most times, their condition is congenital and requires early intervention. However, OT covers more than pediatrics, it also extends to Orthopedics, Neurological conditions, Ergonomics, cognitive, and limitations affecting daily tasks.
Here are some of the specific benefits that children and adults can get from the use of occupational therapy:
Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Children
- OT can help to develop or improve small-muscle movements made with the hands, fingers, and toes. These movements are called fine motor skills, which include things like grasping.
- It can help to develop or improve visual perceptual skills, which include those that aid a child with understanding and interpreting whatever they see, such as being able to match two objects that are the same.
- It can help to develop or improve cognitive skills and these skills allow children to be attentive, reason, think, remember, read, and learn.
- Helps to reduce or resolve sensory-processing problems, which are conditions that affect how the brain processes sensory information associated with seeing, smell, tasting, etc.
Children, including teens with the following conditions, can benefit from OT at Sioux Center Health:
- birth injuries or birth defects
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- sensory processing disorders
- broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
- injuries to the brain or spinal cord
- mental health or behavioral problems
- developmental delays
- learning challenges
Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Adults
Adults, including the elderly with the following conditions, can benefit from OT at Sioux Center Health:
- Stroke recovery
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Vision loss
- Difficulty with basic activities of daily living, such as getting dressed.
Finally, occupational therapy is a form of healthcare that helps with problems that limit one’s ability to do the activities relative to everyday living. And, anyone can benefit from occupational therapy, as this form of treatment can combat congenital, developmental, and chronic conditions, as well as injuries.