5 Ways to Get the Most from Occupational Therapy

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If you or your child suffers from injuries or cognitive disabilities that render them unable to perform simple daily activities such as cooking, eating, writing, or playing, occupational therapy (OT) may be the right choice for you. Your occupational therapists will assist you with your goal of gaining more physical independence through these daily tasks. While all physical therapy is not the same, following some general guidelines can help you get the most out of your visit and on your way to living a better life.

1. Show Up on Time

If you're on time, you're already late. To get the most from your OT session you'll want to arrive a little early. There may be paperwork that needs your attention and you'll want the full appointment time to properly perform new exercises as well as have time to ask questions if you don't understand. Also, you'll want to get the most for your money as well. Ten minutes late does not mean ten minutes cheaper.

2. Wear Comfortable Clothing

Depending on your session, physical exertion may be intense. You don't want to impede progress with too-tight clothing that prevents full range of motion. Typically, tennis shoes, a loose tee and pants will work in these situations. Ask your therapist if you are unsure what attire is appropriate.

3. Ask Questions

On the road to physical freedom there will be a few obstacles to overcome. Make sure you understand each exercise you are asked to perform and how it will help you or your child achieve physical goals. Doing so will help to motivate you to perform each exercise correctly and consistently. Be sure to inform your therapist or physician of any pain or uncertainties during the process. This can help put your mind at ease and a therapist may be able to alter your program to something better suited to your needs. Additionally, double check with your insurance company to confirm the number of OT sessions covered under your plan. If you are paying out of pocket, inquire with the therapy office about any discounts or special programs available.

4. Do Your Homework

If you are prescribed exercises to perform at home, do them. Being consistent will help you to easily track your progress, which, in turn, will motivate you to keep improving and help you to stay positive. Some exercises can be performed during commercial breaks of your favorite television program, when you wake up in the morning, or each time you head to the restroom. After your professional sessions have ended, ask your therapist for any exercises you can continue in daily life for further growth.

5. Have Patience

Any physical undertaking will require time develop. Do not be discouraged if progress seems slow or slower than that of others. If you are consistent, the natural progress of things leads to improvement. Try to replace negative thoughts of failure or inadequacy with positive thoughts of your recent improvements or what life will be like when you've accomplished your goal. If you or your child enjoy playing games, try to imagine your healing process as such. Doing so can take your mind off the process and retrain the focus on feeling better. Remaining optimistic will lead you to miraculous discoveries of your body's ability to heal and grow. For more information, contact Kleiser Therapy.


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