Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists treat the total person through the use of selected activities. The therapist uses activities to maintain or promote health, prevent disability, to evaluate behaviour, and to treat or train patients with physical or psycho-social disfunction.

The activities are designed to promote maximal use of function, to allow the patient to meet the demands of his working, social, and domestic environment, and to particpate in life in its fullest sense.

Occupational therapy offers:

  • Treatment to improve range of movement, muscle strength, endurance, general mobility, balance, coordination and muscle tone.
  • Education in managing of disability, joint protection principles, back care, etc.
  • Making of splints for re-inforcing weak muscles, correcting deformity, and maintaining corrected positions of joints after surgery.
  • Making of pressure garments for use with burns or skin trauma after motor vehicle accidents.
  • Wheelchair and other assisted devices assessment and management.
  • Performing home visits to recommend adaptions after injury / disease
  • Assistance with a quick successful return to work after injury.
  • Performing work visits to assess job requirements and recommend alterations to facilitate employees.
  • Child developmental assessments and correction of delay or abnormalities through play therapy.
  • Psychosocial support.

HPCSA Definition (Click here to go to their Homepage)

Occupational Therapy refers to acts which have as their aim the evaluation, improvement or maintenance of the health, development, functional performance and self-assertion of those in whom these are impaired or at risk, through the prescription and guidance of the patient's or client's participation in normal activities, together with the application of appropriate techniques preceding or during participation in normal activities which facilitate such participation HPCSA