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Here’s the science behind occupational therapy

The Science Behind Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy uses evidence-based practices to help people of all ages dealing with injury or disability practice meaningful activities associated with daily life. Occupational therapy is based on the discipline of occupational science, which attempts to study and draw conclusions on human occupations and how people accomplish basic tasks.

From there, an occupational therapist can apply these findings to the development of specific treatments so people in need can develop the skills to participate in everything from bathing and cooking to being able to perform the necessary functions for their career.

For example, an occupational therapist would assist with a person who has lost the use of their legs, either temporarily or permanently, in learning how to get themselves in and out of bed, operate a vehicle or other basic functions that are often taken for granted.

How occupational therapists work with physical therapists

Occupational therapy and physical therapy are separate disciplines, but an occupational therapist may work with a physical therapist to assist with rehabilitation after injury or to help develop or regain the function necessary to perform a certain activity.  

A physical therapist, such as one of the highly-trained members of our team here at Peak Performance Sports and Physical Therapy, can perform an evaluation to determine how an injury or disability is affecting factors like range of motion, balance and stability. He or she can then develop a treatment plan designed to restore or develop function. Methods include:

The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on your specific condition or injury and your individual needs and lifestyle.  

Peak Performance can help you resume normal activities

If you are looking to regain or develop the functioning and quality of life you desire, the caring team of physical therapists at Peak Performance can help. We provide highly-personalized treatment plans in a friendly, one-on-one setting. Our hands-on approach and scientifically aligned, evidence-based practice set our clinical model apart. To learn more and to schedule your initial appointment, contact us today.