Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy
8th September 2016 marks World Physical Therapy Day – a chance for everyone involved in the Physical Therapy profession to shout about what they do and how it makes a great deal of difference to people’s lives.
If you’ve sustained an injury or you’re living with a condition which impairs your movement, you may be referred to see a Physical Therapist. Their goal will be to help restore your mobility, which can minimize the need for expensive surgeries or long-term reliance on medications. A physical therapist can also teach you how to prevent or manage your condition so that you can attain long-term health benefits.
It’s common for those working outside of the profession to think that Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy are the same, when really they each have different primary goals.
How is Physical Therapy different to Occupational Therapy?
Where Physical Therapy attends to the physical rehabilitation of patients recovering from injuries or disease, Occupational Therapy is focused primarily on enabling the patient to engage in the meaningful activities of daily life as seamlessly as possible.
It’s true that Occupational Therapists also consider the physical aspects of rehabilitation and motion, but these healthcare professionals are dedicated to assisting patients in the long-term through therapeutic adaptations and modifications to their environments.
Put simply, where Physical Therapists work directly on the patient’s body, an Occupational Therapist is involved with changing the environment of the patient so their body can work better.
The top 5 things an Occupational Therapist should always have
Occupational Therapy is all about assessing and improving a person’s functional abilities. Occupational Therapists are not always involved in physically or directly treating patients but rather supporting them with ways they can improve their independence and continue their daily activities comfortably.
At NRS Head Office, we are lucky to have a team of highly knowledgeable Occupational Therapists, including our dedicated Occupational Therapy Assistant. Together they optimize our customer’s independence by advising them which products they are in need of, and how these products will help them.
When we asked them what 5 things an Occupational Therapist should always have, the response was unanimous:
- 1. A desire to learn more, with clear communication skills and empathy
- 2. A positive attitude, with a drive to help people live independently
- 3. A holistic view of people’s needs
- 4. A tape measure!
- 5. A good sense of humour
Speak with one of our Occupational Therapists today using our Live Chat feature and see how we can help you live more independently.
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