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Our occupational therapists help lessen the impact of physical and cognitive changes to maximize your ability to do meaningful activities.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Many injuries, operations and health conditions can impair your senses and your ability to move or even think. Suddenly you may have difficulty doing everyday activities from climbing stairs to dressing yourself.

At Luminis Health, our occupational therapists are experts at finding ways for you to do the things you want and need to do. Not just job-related duties, but any tasks or pastimes that are meaningful to you.

The members of our occupational therapy team can show you strategies for lessening symptoms like pain and fatigue. And we have the training and experience to help you make the most of your current abilities.

Plus, we know the people close to you play a key role in helping you manage your condition. So we teach your care partners any new skills they may need to best support you.

Together, we give you the tools to live a life that's as independent and rewarding as possible.

We can help adults manage the effects of:

  • Amputation.

  • Arthritis.

  • Brain injury.

  • Cancer.

  • Cognitive changes.

  • Concussion.

  • Diabetes.

  • Fracture.

  • Hand and upper body conditions.

  • Hip replacement.

  • Nerve injury and repair.

  • Nervous system disorders.

  • Shoulder surgery.

  • Stroke.

  • Tendon injuries and repair.

  • Visual changes.

And, we help children with:

  • Brachial plexus injuries.

  • Cerebral palsy.

  • Coordination and muscular disorders.

  • Developmental delay.

  • Down syndrome.

  • Fractures.

  • Handwriting difficulties.

  • Instability injuries.

  • Learning impairment.

  • Torticolis.

  • Weakness and poor muscle tone.

Why Come to Us for Occupational Therapy?

Our occupational therapy team helps you reach goals that are important to you. Other reasons to choose us include:

  • We'll create a personalized treatment plan. You and your occupational therapist discuss which activities are highest on your list of priorities. Your therapist also assesses your physical abilities, like balance and strength. In some cases, we also test mental abilities like memory, too. But that's only part of the picture. We look at your support network and the setup of your home and workplace. Taking all these things into consideration, we create a treatment plan around your individual needs.

  • We have therapists with highly specialized skills. Our occupational therapists have built expertise in specific areas. Take those on our stroke and neurological rehabilitation team. These therapists can help people who've suffered a brain injury optimize the brain's ability to rewire itself. Our pediatric occupational therapists use play to help children develop skills they need to learn and grow. We even have therapists who sub-specialize. Our therapists who specialize in hand therapy have undergone advanced training in treating hand and upper body problems. And they've met the demanding standards necessary to be certified by the American Society of Hand Therapists.

  • We can help with a wide range of problems. Our therapists look at how your physical and cognitive changes or symptoms affect all areas of your life. From your leisure activities and social life to routine tasks like house cleaning and grooming. And we work on improving your ability to do these things. We can also assist in assessing safety with driving or provide information on how to safely return to driving.

  • We make coming for treatment convenient. Let's face it: finding the time to attend regular appointments is hard even when you're well. You can choose from our multiple locations to cut down on your travel.

Occupational Therapy Treatments

Occupations therapy treatment options include:

Your occupational therapist teaches you more about your condition and how to manage symptoms. We can also show you how to position and move your body optimally.

Your occupational therapist can recommend specialized tools to improve your ability to do various activities. These include aids for mobility (like canes and walkers), self-care (like long-handled shoehorns) and adapted kitchen utensils.

Often, your occupational therapist suggests making changes to the places you do everyday activities. For instance, you may need to rearrange furniture to make your home safer for you after knee replacement surgery.

Occupational therapists can recommend exercises to improve your ability to make movements necessary for doing daily activities. We can use exercises to help your brain and body relearn skills like dressing yourself after a stroke, too. Eye exercises can also help improve vision problems caused by a stroke or brain injury.

Our therapists have advanced training in making customized devices that support, stabilize and position your hand, wrist and/or elbow. Our therapists can address and meet your specific needs — from simple static to complex dynamic custom orthotics.

While it's natural for a scar to form after an injury or surgery, sometimes the scar can cause problems. For instance, it might "stick" to surrounding tissue and interfere with normal movement. Our therapists are highly skilled in techniques that can prevent or minimize these issues.

After a hand injury or operation, sometimes nerves become oversensitive and interpret even slight pressure as pain. Similarly, stroke and other conditions can cause nerve-related numbness and tingling. Our therapists are experts in techniques that retrain the nerves to behave more normally.

Symptoms like extreme fatigue derailing your ability to do necessary tasks? Your occupational therapist can show you strategies that can lessen their impact. For instance, setting priorities, pacing activities and taking rest breaks can cut down on energy "crashes."

Can't do a particular task, or find it too difficult or exhausting? Your occupational therapist may suggest new ways of doing it.