Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy in Wasilla, Alaska

Your path to recovery begins here

Occupational therapy as the name implies is based around occupation, or all of the tasks that you do during your day. These tasks involve getting ready, caring for your child, or your hobbies. With pain or injuries, these tasks can become difficult making those once easy occupations a grueling process. Occupational therapists understand how your pain or injury can affect you not only physically but mentally as well. In a collaborative process, you and your therapist will work together to create an effective treatment program that will incorporate physical rehabilitation, exercises, modalities, and daily activities to return you to being independent. Northern Edge Physical Therapy offers client-centered specialized programs to help you achieve maximal recovery in the shortest time.

What should I expect during an occupational therapy treatment?

You are large part of the success of regaining function. You and your occupational therapist will work together to create a plan and set goals that will help you get back to doing what you love! The occupational therapist will create fun, interactive treatment sessions that will help address limitations that you are experiencing.

Occupational Therapy Services

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is specialized treatment involving your wrist and hand. The occupational therapist can help you prepare for an upcoming surgery and also facilitate maximum recovery. Your therapist will take you through the different phases of recovery providing education on task modifications, exercises, and pain relief. A splint can also be provided to either protect from re-injury or help with supporting the structures for function.

 

Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

Upper extremity disability can disrupt many, if not all of your activities of daily living. Through activity analysis, our skilled occupational therapist is able to address impairments, pathologies, as well as client priorities to facilitate performance at the greatest level of independence in treatment. Physical rehabilitation with a client-centered approach puts you, the client as the main priority.

Recovery after surgery is a delicate process to allow soft-tissue, muscles, and the body to heal while also preparing for the best functional outcomes once fully healed. Our therapists will educate and guide you through your different phases of recovery and provide you with task modifications within your surgical precautions to have you resume doing your activities of daily living.

 

LSVT-BIG

LSVT BIG is an intensive, effective, one-on-one treatment created to help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological conditions address walking, balance and other activities of daily living (for example, writing, dressing and getting up from low chairs) or even job-related task. This intensive program is for one month, four times a week for an hour, with daily homework and carry-over exercises.

Its holistic approach addresses not only movement issues but also takes into account non-motor symptoms including emotional changes and cognitive changes. It helps people “recalibrate” to recognize when their movements are smaller or slower than they think. Its sessions are based on the most effective, evidence-based strategies for learning and neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change). It’s designed to help people apply what they learn in treatment sessions to more comfortable, confident movements in everyday life beyond treatment sessions.

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