Navigating the world of rehab therapists can be confusing – there are multiple types of therapists, whose abilities may seem similar when taken at face value based on general terms like “supporting rehabilitation goals” or “providing treatment”. However, when you compare these professionals based on their educational backgrounds and requirements, as well as their defined roles and responsibilities as set out by each profession’s respective college, professional association, or employer, it can become clearer which professional is best suited to help serve your personal needs.
Below is a simple summary guide of the hierarchy of educational backgrounds and core roles of each therapist/professional- please contact your healthcare provider or Occupational Therapist if you have further questions or think the services of these professionals may benefit you.
We came across the following article in the Huffington Post which helps to shed more light onto the value of OT. Occupational Therapists strive to help people recover from accidents and illnesses by working with those affected to create and achieve meaningful goals. We especially love how the article distinguishes between Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT), two extremely valuable therapies, helping the public to learn more about OT– The “Other” Rehabilitation Therapy.
Humans are not made for immobility. Even if you take a healthy joint and put it in a cast for even a few days, when you remove this the movement of the joint will be decreased, pain will appear, and muscles that surround the joint will have started to atrophy. So, how does this translate to jobs that require us to sit all day, being immobile at a computer, in a car, or at a desk?
It’s important for your physical and mental health to involve frequent movement into your day. Not only will this help you combat the negative effects of “sitting disease,” it can help you to become more productive. Take a look at the following from Positive Health Wellness for some tips and simple stretches to incorporate into your work day.
Due to vacations, sleepovers, and the unstructured nature of no school, daily routines are often disrupted over the summer months. A consistent daily routine for kids is critical to them learning responsibility, time management, and so they get a good sleep. Therefore, in September it is important to re-establish what morning, after-school and bedtime time should look like.
Use our customizable free printable to help kids stay on track each day in the morning, after-school and before bed! Be sure to review this with the kids before implementing, confirm the expectations, and get their commitment. You’ll be well on your way to creating a less stressful and more organized home!
Most people think Occupational Therapy is about getting people back to work following an injury, or designing functional work spaces and workstations because of the word “occupation” in the term. While this is an important part of what Occupational Therapists do, their scope is actually much broader.
The following, written by Najma Rashid for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association does a great job of explaining Occupational Therapy and the OT role in the litigation process.