Achieve Your Wellness Goals Through Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy...do you help people get a job? I get this question all of the time. Occupational Therapists are Rehabilitation Specialists, like Physical Therapists or Speech Therapists.  When the profession of OT was established in the early 1900s, the profession focused on the rehabilitation of our wounded soldiers returning from WWI. In those days the word "occupation" meant the activities you need or want to do that "occupy" your daily life.

Occupational therapy (OT) is a global health and rehabilitation profession. It involves the use of assessment and intervention to develop, recover, or maintain the meaningful activities, or occupations, of individuals, groups, or communities.  OTs often work with people with physical health problems, disabilities, injuries, or impairments.[1]

The American Occupational Therapy Association defines an occupational therapist as someone who "helps people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and/or need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations)". 

So your "occupation" goal may be to get your shoulder rotator cuff healed so that you can get back to fishing...or maybe your "occupation" goal is to prevent falls and be safe and independent in your home as you age...maybe you suffer from chronic pain, headaches or other musculoskeletal issues that keep you from doing the things (occupations) that are important to you from cooking meals, picking up your grandkids, housework or maybe your "occupation" goal is being able to return to your career after an injury or illness...for children, their "occupation" typically involves being able to meet their developmental milestones, including handwriting and other school work. 

OTs strive to get you back to living your life to the fullest level. It is customized for your personal goals. 

I schedule new patient evaluations as soon as possible, unlike other clinics that usually have patients on a “waiting list” for weeks at a time, especially during the busier winter season.

My patients have been so happy with the therapy they have been receiving that they consistently refer their family, friends, and neighbors to me when they need therapy services. That level of patient satisfaction and loyalty speaks volumes to the quality of care I provide my patients.

Specialized Treatments For A Variety of Problems

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  • Neurological rehabilitation, including treatment for stroke/CVA and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation for fractures of the arm, wrist, and, elbow or hand, rotator cuff injuries or repairs, as well as tendon injuries and surgeries
  • Florida Keys Therapy & Wellness offers Therapeutic Yoga for balance, strength, flexibility and stress reduction
  • Florida Keys Therapy & Wellness treats musculoskeletal injuries and associated pain and stiffness, joint replacements, and post-surgical loss of function
  • Florida Keys Therapy & Wellness offers therapy to help people with decreased independence and safety in completing activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, home care tasks, etc.
  • Muscular Trigger Point Dry Needling for pain reduction
  • Fun, play based pediatric OT for preschool and school aged children

What Is a CHT?

Your hand and arm are complex and amazing parts of your body. They are essential to complete all of your everyday tasks, such as eating, dressing, bathing, and all of your other work and leisure activities. Whether you are writing with a pen, driving your car, or playing golf, your hands and arms must be in good condition to participate in life.

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist who has participated in advanced studies of hand and arm. These professionals have worked more than 5,000 hours in this specialized area to be eligible to take a certification exam that evaluates competency in all areas of hand and arm therapy. To use this credential, CHT therapists must continue to participate in advanced studies and specialized education programs, perform research, and contribute to scientific journals. There are fewer than 6,000 Certified Hand Therapists worldwide. If you have experienced any injuries or surgeries to your hand, wrist, elbow arm, or shoulder, a CHT will help you regain the functional use of your hand and arm to help you get back to all of your normal activities.

What Is an Occupational Therapist (OT)?

An occupational therapist is a rehabilitation specialist who focuses on helping patients regain independence in everyday activities (occupations) through therapeutic exercises and adaptations. He/she takes a whole-person approach to healing and rehabilitation.

Occupational therapists help people who are recovering from injury, surgery, or developmental disability to engage in their life fully. They are experts at helping you regain strength, balance, endurance, coordination, and function so that you can be safe and independent with all of your everyday activities. That may mean regaining the ability to use your injured hand or arm to get dressed, drive your car, or go golfing or fishing. Occupational therapists also help you regain much-needed balance so you can prevent falls and walk around safely in your home. If you have been ill or hospitalized and need to regain the strength that you lost, OTs are the people you should turn to.

For school-aged children, occupational therapy can help with the fine motor control needed to write letters, shapes, and numbers or to learn to tie shoes and fasten buttons. By enhancing their motor function, children won’t experience falling behind their peers in necessary school-related skills. Occupational therapists are educated in the anatomy and physiology as well as the psychological and emotional aspects of healing and wellness, and they leverage all of these skills to help their patients meet all of their wellness goals.

What Is a Certified Handwriting Specialist?

A Certified Handwriting Specialist is an occupational therapist who has advanced experience and has taken special courses and exams to achieve this specialty certification. Capitalizing on the skills that he/she has acquired through training, a handwriting specialist can create for your child a flexible, fun, play-based curriculum that offers a full pre-writing program and materials. The program is designed to build critical skills such as fine motor, handwriting, early math, literacy, and problem solving, all of which are important to the educational growth of a child.

School can sometimes be challenging for children in pre-kindergarten through Grade 5. Grade school teachers do their best for all students, but their time is limited. A Certified Handwriting Specialist can give your child the extra help that they need with sessions after school, on the weekends, or over summer break.

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