Occupational therapy helps patients to better manage their everyday
lives. For rehabilitation purposes, after a stroke, arthritis or mental
disabilities, those affected can gain more independence with the help of
Who benefits from occupational therapy?
Occupational therapists can be used in many different cases.
* Illnesses, Accidents: After accidents that lead to paraplegia , brain
damage, or loss of limbs, occupational therapists can help patients
regain control of everyday activity. Rheumatic diseases ,
cardiovascular diseases , strokes , dementia or multiple sclerosis and
last but not least, the assistance with mental illness – from anxiety
disorders on depression to psychosis – are also in the field of
occupational therapy .
* Disabilities: In the case of mental and physical limitations, an
occupational therapist primarily supports the integration into everyday
life and the participation in activities.
* Paediatrics: Collaborating with an occupational therapist can make
life easier for congenital or disability children. Also, in the
treatment of developmental, learning and perception disorders, visiting
a practice for occupational therapy is helpful.
* Geriatrics (Geriatrics): Occupational therapy in geriatric medicine
is becoming increasingly important. Rehabilitation , the teaching of
new life content and new social contacts are of great importance to
many older people. In addition, memory trainings promote the
stimulation of mental activity. In the preservation or rebuilding of
exercise capacity, occupational therapy partially overlaps with
physiotherapy , eg in the treatment of balance disorders.
* Health- promoting / ergonomic advice: Occupational therapists help
people to prevent any damage caused by incorrect posture or movement.
What happens during occupational therapy?
Depending on your needs, self-employment training, pre-vocational
training or creative techniques are used in occupational therapy. Through
advice and special training opportunities are found to cope better with
everyday, work or school situations. It strengthens both physical ability
and stamina, as well as mental and social skills.
Together with your occupational therapist, in the first session, you will
develop a treatment plan that primarily takes into account your wishes
and needs. As a result, depending on the treatment plan, you perform
different activities to improve your existing skills. Sometimes these are
also manual and creative activities. If it is not possible to carry out a
desired action independently, you will learn how to use it together with
the occupational therapist. For example, aids can make everyday life
easier for people with disabilities and help them to become as
independent as possible.