Occupational Therapists at Freedom Physical Therapy Services can treat a wide variety of issues, using a broad spectrum of treatment techniques.
Did you know, in addition to providing traditional orthopedic treatment, OTs can provide education and professional insight regarding workplace injuries? Occupational Therapists work closely with injured workers, adapting their workspace and their work style to help them prevent future injuries. Many injuries can be prevented by implementing simple adaptive equipment in or around the workspace– whether an office or industrial setting. Occupational Therapists can also provide you with functional stretches that specifically fit your job after analyzing your job task movements. Working with an OT in the clinic, or on-site at your workspace can help make job tasks more efficient and comfortable for the worker.
When it comes to orthopedic treatment, OTs focus on the upper extremity.
But that covers a wide variety of the body- in addition to the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, treatment can also involve the shoulder blade, rib cage, thoracic spine, cervical spine and even head and face. Freedom OTs are well trained in the complicated interworking’s of these areas and treat the body as a whole, as opposed to one isolated body part.
Occupational Therapists get specialized training to treat swelling and edema.
Are you dealing with persistent swelling in your arms or legs? Freedom OTs are trained to treat swelling and edema in any of the limbs- upper extremity, lower extremity and even the trunk. They are also trained in circumferential wrapping techniques to help facilitate the movement of lymphatic fluid and ultimately decrease the swelling. This can help you move easier and feel more comfortable as you live your life.
Did you know… Freedom OTs are trained in a specialized neurological treatment called Graded Motor Imagery.
Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) has been proven to be effective in the treatment of strokes, complex regional pain syndrome, and phantom limb pain. For people who have ongoing, inexplicable pain, graded motor imagery treatment can help decrease pain sensations. The treatment involves several different techniques that exercise the synapse of your brain and uses the concept of neuroplasticity to reorganize your brain’s pain center.
Occupational Therapists at Freedom know how to help you relax.
If you have ever experienced physical pain, then you probably know the pain can be influenced by your mental state. When you’re going through a stressful time, feeling anxious or are unable to sleep well because you have a lot on your mind, your physical symptoms can sometimes feel worse. Freedom OTs are trained in specialized relaxation methods and autonomic nervous system down training techniques to help quiet your mind and body at a deep, neurological level. They can provide treatments to help “reset” the system so that your body can effectively regulate and manage homeostatic functions.