Mind & Body
Hope Therapy: From Occupational to Fully Operational
5/31/2018 10:33:59 AM
Hope Therapy

While you may identify your occupation with what you do for a living, your life is actually made up of many occupations. Playing outside with your children, painting a picture, baking your favorite dish, typing on a keyboard – the meaningful, everyday activities that fill your days. "Chances are that you do these things without even a second thought. That is, until you have trouble doing them,” says Sonya Brooks, owner of Hope Therapy Center in Lake Charles.

If you have a medical condition, your health status changes, or if you are recovering from an accident or injury, your valued occupations may become more difficult. For example, during recovery from a joint replacement you may need to adapt the way you dress, bathe, or prepare meals. That’s where occupational therapy comes into play.

Occupational therapy focuses on supporting independence and safety, improving quality of life, enhancing function, and sustaining leisure activities. It’s all about allowing you, the patient, to live life to the fullest despite any medical conditions.

Unlike physical therapy, which focuses on the actual movements of the human body, occupational therapy focuses on treatment of the whole person in order to fully engage in life. For example, you recently broke your wrist and can no longer participate in your weekly tennis game with friends. While recovering, you could meet with an occupational therapist to address the underlying deficits hindering your ability to engage in your preferred leisure activities.

If you’re thinking that occupational therapy is only for adults, think again. Even though kids do not have occupations, a child’s main job is playing and learning. "An occupational therapist can evaluate kids’ skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group,” says Brooks.

Whether adult or pediatric, occupational therapists can employ a variety of methods in their treatment plan for a patient – all with the same end goal, to improve quality of life. Some methods you might not expect, like baking cookies in the kitchen which can help improve motor skills such as reaching and grabbing. If you or a family member has experienced an accident, injury, or illness that has set back daily activities, occupational therapy could play a vital role in your recovery.

To learn more about Hope Therapy Center visit www.hopetherapycenter.net or call 337-478-5880.
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