Occupational therapy is there to promote health and wellbeing through therapeutic use of everyday activities. It’s a treatment that helps improve balance, coordination, and motor skills.

Children and elders alike can struggle with day-to-day tasks, like writing and getting dressed. Injury, illness, and/or disability are some of the reasons people may struggle with everyday activities. Occupational therapists offer assistance to such patients to recover, improve, develop, and maintain necessary skills for everyday life.

Occupational therapy allows people of all ages to live their lives to the fullest. Here’s a list of benefits of Newcastle Occupational Therapy services, or anywhere in the world, to adults and children:

 

  1. It Improves Ability To Perform Daily Activities And/Or Chores

Occupational therapists help children and adults finding it hard to perform daily tasks, like brushing teeth, writing, toileting, dressing, typing, and even moving from one place to the next. Occupational therapists achieve this by putting together a range of physical and mental exercises that promote health and wellbeing.

Range of motion (ROM) exercises are used by therapists to decrease pain and increase a patient’s range of motion. Patients with arthritis and stiff joints are the main target for these exercises as they significantly reduce pain and strengthen joints, thus, allowing patients to move their bodies with ease. These are especially effective in elderly people.

For kids, occupational therapists have activities designed to help them respond more actively to the environment. Such are designed with the purpose of putting pressure on children. These include stress ball squeezing and chewing toys. For instance, an occupational therapist may cover a kid with blankets or pillows as they lie down, to exert pressure. This helps improve body movement.

 

  1. It Improves/Heightens The Senses

Children with sensory motion issues are often unable to concentrate. This is because they’re unable to connect information in the basic five senses, which are sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing. Their senses may be too little or too heightened, causing the cognitive issues at school, home, or the playground. Occupational therapy helps with such issues.

Occupational therapists may also offer visual perception activities for kids. These help their brains receive and understand information sent by their eyes. These involve placing objects on a tray and asking kids to identify them, asking them to identify colors and many more.

When it comes to adults, eyesight is usually affected the most. Occupational therapy offers brain and eyesight exercises to improve vision in adults without having to undergo surgery. It may also improve conditions like double vision, dizziness, lazy eye, and strabismus.

 

  1. It Boosts Memory And Cognitive Skills

Kids with autism may face trouble communicating, playing with others, or in the field of language comprehension. This may also affect their ability to remember things since they may not understand them in the first place.

Occupational therapy can help enhance these skills by, first, understanding the child’s behavior, then creating a plan best suited for their challenges. They may use puzzles to promote awareness, coordination, and more.

Cognitive skills and memory in elderly people are negatively affected when the brain cells deteriorate. They may suffer from dementia. Occupational therapists may give such patients mental exercises, like solving crossword puzzles and reading books, to boost and retain cognitive skills.

When dementia in patients has reached advanced stages, occupational therapists can try to improve their quality of life. They do this by using sensory stimulation and simplified activities, like going out to explore nature. They may also enhance brain function through employing royal honey.

 

  1. It Helps Reduce Chronic Pain

Chronic injuries, nerve damage, and improperly healed wounds are some of the causes of chronic pain in adults and kids. In elderly people, these can be a result of aging bones and joints. Pain can be a hindrance to performing daily tasks or even just moving from one place to the next.

For both kids and adults, occupational therapists can employ methods that can help reduce pain so the patient can experience ease in their daily lives. These methods include:

  • Communication skills practice
  • Pacing activities
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Proactive pain management
  • Safe body ergonomics and mechanics

 

  1. It Helps Patients Use Their Wheelchairs Properly

Kids suffering from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or extreme injuries may need to use wheelchairs. Similarly, adults badly hurt by accidents, or those who have Alzheimer’s or disabilities may also need to use wheelchairs to move around.

Occupational therapists help adults and kids in wheelchairs to use them in the correct manner so their movements become smoother and easier.

 

Conclusion

Occupational therapy aims to assist people of all ages affected by sensory, physical, and cognitive problems. Occupational therapists use everyday exercises and activities to improve the lives of their young and elderly patients.

 

About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the Co-Founder and Editor of Buggybuddys. She moved to Perth in 2010 after 11 years of living in London, working in the television industry for the BBC. She is the mother of two daughters aged 12 and 10 and loves the family-friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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