During the month of April, Occupational Therapy Month recognizes all the benefits this specialized healthcare provides.
When injury strikes or long term wear of joints and muscles require rehabilitation, an occupational therapist provides the necessary exercises to get us back into our daily routines. Simply getting out of bed may be a challenge or moving from one position to another becomes a problem we need to overcome.
Occupational therapists have studied the movements required to make these transitions happen safely and to retrain our newly repaired body part to do the job. They know the therapies to help improve weakened muscles and alternatives when others fail us.
Occupational therapists need patience and strong interpersonal skills to inspire trust and respect in their clients. Patience is necessary because many clients may not show rapid improvement. Ingenuity and imagination in adapting activities to individual needs are assets. Those working in home health care services must be able to adapt to a variety of settings.
For every age and ability, occupational therapists provide care to improve the quality of life to each patient.
HOW TO OBSERVE
During Occupational Therapy Month, recognize an occupational therapist you know. Use #OccupationalTherapyMonth to share on social media.
Occupational Therapy Month began in 1980 to correspond with the annual conference and expo for The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.