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Occupational Therapy Restores Movement After Surgery, Stroke, Injury – Indianapolis, Hendricks County, Indiana - Hendricks Regional Health

Occupational Therapy Restores Movement After Surgery, Stroke, Injury – Indianapolis, Hendricks County, Indiana - Hendricks Regional Health | Occupational Therapy Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
Occupational therapists at Hendricks Regional Health work with their patients to restore their functional abilities and help them achieve maximal independence in all areas of life. Occupational therapy can help patients increase strength and endurance to stay self-sufficient, make their home safer by adapting it to their medical condition and better perform day-to-day activities. Our therapists focus on restoring movement, strength and coordination to improve use of the arms and hands.
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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 7:46 AM
Occupational Therapists work with people who have experienced trauma, fracture, or surgery. They also work with people who have multiple sclerosis or parkinson's. They allow them to adapt to whatever medical condition they might have.
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Parkinson's Disease: Physical and Occupational Therapy

Parkinson's Disease: Physical and Occupational Therapy | Occupational Therapy Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
WebMD discusses how physical and occupational therapy can be beneficial to those living with Parkinson's disease.
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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 8:17 AM
Parkinson's disease causes you to move more slowly, have weakness, pain, and tightness in your joints and muscles. Occupational Therapists can help with these symptoms. OT's will help with by using handwriting aids, computer modifications, cooking and dinnerware adaptations. OT's will suggest changes to their home to allow them to live more independent lives.
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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 7:59 AM
OT's work with people with autism. Autism creates social, communication, and behavioral delays. They first things OT's do is evaluate the individual to see what activities they like and what sort of challenges they face.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 8:01 AM
Then they assess what types of intervention would work best with that individual. They identify what the can do and what activities they excel at. Next they provide an individualized therapy program that meets the criteria they have.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 8:03 AM
After that they support the patient and family with coping with ASD. OT's then adapt or modify the individuals environment to meet their needs to make daily living a little bit easier. Finally they collaborate with the families to ensure the services are focused on meaningful contents.
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Occupational therapy - Techniques and Equipment - NHS Choices

Occupational therapy - Techniques and Equipment - NHS Choices | Occupational Therapy Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
Many different techniques and equipment can be used as part of occupational therapy, depending on the problems you are having.
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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 4, 2014 8:04 AM
Also occupational therapists will make your home accessible to your physical or cognitive needs. For example they will put ramps in for a wheelchair, a stairlift, grabrails. Other helpful equipment for a bathroom would be a raised toilet seat, bath seat, or shower seat.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 4, 2014 8:07 AM
There is also special equipment that patients use to make things easier on them. They have walking sticks, electrical toothbrush and can opener. They also have spoons, forks, knives, pens and many more with chunky ends so its easier to hold onto.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 4, 2014 8:08 AM
There is also special equipment that patients use to make things easier on them. They have walking sticks, electrical toothbrush and can opener. They also have spoons, forks, knives, pens and many more with chunky ends so its easier to hold onto. They also can use voice controlled lights, or voice controlled software on a computer.
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AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill - Athletico

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill - Athletico | Occupational Therapy Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
Athletico is pleased to offer athletes and patients the opportunity to experience the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill at its Gold Coast , Glenview, Niles/No
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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 4, 2014 7:52 AM
Originally the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill was made for astronauts so they can stay while in space. But after studies it is now used for rehabilitation. It was proved to be beneficial for weight control, rehabilitation after surgery or an injury, and conditioning and strength.
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Recovering From Stroke - AOTA

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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 8:08 AM
Stroke's may cause physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. That is why OT's work with stroke patients to try and get back to being able to do daily activities. Such as: bathing, dressing, eating or their job. If on side of their body is not paralyzed OT's will show them how to become independent despite the challenges they face. They might show you how to do one handed techniques.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 8:10 AM
OT's might also give you equipment that increases your ability to do things on your own. OT's might also suggest some changes to your home. For example they might remove rugs or clutter from the floor, use microwaves instead of stoves, install grab bars or a tub bench to reduce the chance of injury in the shower.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 8:13 AM
OT's will also suggest doing ordinary activities to improve strength, endurance and function. These activities include pet care, gardening, cooking or household tasks. They will also suggest people to use canes, walkers or wheelchairs.
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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 7:52 AM
Occupational Therapists work with people who have mental illnesses to enable them to live a fulfilling life. Rather than to manage the symptoms OT's help the patient facilitate health, resiliency, and wellness. OT's help the patient to be more organized and engage in activities of their choice.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 26, 2014 7:56 AM
They help them create healthy routines and habits to support a wellness lifestyle. They help with long-term planning that leads to personal goals. They describe mental recovery as, “a journey of healing and <br>transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to reach his or her potential.”
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Sensory Integration: Changing the Brain through Play | Blog | Autism Speaks

Sensory Integration: Changing the Brain through Play | Blog | Autism Speaks | Occupational Therapy Aspect 2 and 3 | Scoop.it

Alison Wheeland provides context for important new findings on the benefits of sensory integration therapy for children with autism

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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 6, 2014 7:50 AM
In a new study, the information gathered showed that children with autism who also receive occupational therapy show more improvements then those who do not receive it. A little boy who has sever symptoms of autism finds it hard to get dressed in the morning, take bathes, and even let his mother give him a kiss. An occupational therapist has been working with him in a ball pit by playing games. These games introduce him to new textures, something he couldn't do before. She also taught him how to lean his head to pick up a ball which is something that freaked him out, therefore making bath time challenging. She also used beanie bags to help him start to be ok with getting kisses by making the beanie bags kiss.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 6, 2014 7:52 AM
The use of play is a big contribution to the positive effects of receiving occupational therapy. Children respond better to play then other activities. The little boy I talked about can now get dressed with a problem and take baths by leaning his bed back in the tub. He is warming up to the idea of a kiss and someday soon he will be able t let his mother give him a kiss.
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New Technology for Rehab - AOTA

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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 3, 2014 8:01 AM
Technology has become a huge part of rehabilitation. With all of the new advances in technology it has become a method in which Occupational Therapists use on their patients. Smart phones, Nintendo Wii, and many more are used for therapy.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 3, 2014 8:05 AM
Nathan Herz started using the Wii to help people with Parkinsons. He wanted to research whether or not playing video games was beneficial or not. After seeing improvements he continued to make all of his research based off of his patients using the Wii. Nathan found that it increased motivation, decreased depression, rigidity improved and the patients could move better.
Jillian Ferragonio's comment, March 3, 2014 8:09 AM
Now many Occupational therapists use smart phones and tablet computers on their patients. The devices have great stuff to offer. Nathan Herz says, "Understand that there is so much it has to offer, and we haven't really touched the surface yet."
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How The Jacket Zipper Was Perfected After 100 Years

You might’ve heard about Under Armour’s crazy new zipper that only requires one hand to zip. Though the futuristic magnetic clasp jigsaws ...
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Jillian Ferragonio's comment, February 18, 2014 7:51 AM
Scott Peters, an engineer, and his mother, an occupational therapist, created a zipper for one of their relatives living with a degenerative disease known as myotonic dystrophy. This disease made simple tasks like using a zipper a very difficult chore. So Scott and his mother created a zipper that only requires one hand. Over time this creation was perfected by using a magnets and a "catch and hook" method.