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OT and Chronic Pain
An occupational therapist helps treat many different kinds of diagnoses that restrict functional ability, one of them being chronic pain. Chronic pain can be frustrating and discouraging, especially when it inhibits your daily activities and things you enjoy doing. Occupational therapists have the knowledge and expertise in understanding a patient’s pain and taking the right steps in order to cope and manage the pain that their feelings.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than a month and persists longer than it should in letting the body know there is a problem, while affecting the body’s cognitive abilities, giving or increasing anxiety, and not being able to think clear from being in so much pain, and affecting your physical ability; such as taking care of yourself and household duties.
OTs can help alleviate chronic pain
Occupational therapists can help alleviate the pain and help you on your journey back to a productive and pain free life. The first step is to determine the amount of pain the patient is in and then identify what is causing the pain and suggest alternatives. The second step would be to teach methods for decreasing the pain overall. The usual methods are exercises that increase strength and endurance. There are also many other activities that occupational therapists recommend with handling the pain such as yoga and meditation.
A positive attitude can help produce positive results
One of the most important steps in handling pain and going to an occupational therapist is that attitude you convey in order to help cope with the pain. A positive and willing attitude is important in getting better and reaching success in alleviating the pain. Often times when dealing with pain, it is hard to have a positive attitude, but occupational therapists have such a strong belief system, it puts a powerful effect on the clients and increases their hope.
Chronic pain is a serious obstacle that should not be overlooked or untreated. Occupational therapists help treat with exercises and flexibility—and most importantly—a positive attitude to help you get better. Having chronic pain? Go see an occupational therapist, you can’t beat their wellness procedure and outcome.
Did you know you don’t need a prescription to get help from a Physical or Occupational Therapist? Direct access is available for you, please call us and set up an evaluation so we can help get you back on your feet. See our Access Physical Therapy & Wellness locations to find physical therapist or occupational therapist near you.