What is Occupational Therapy?

Wondering what occupational therapy is, and how it could help you?

Take it from our very own Marlee Wheelhouse (Occupational Therapist).

Occupational therapy focuses on helping people of all ages participate in the everyday tasks and meaningful activities. Most occupational therapy patients seek treatment from an OTR (Occupational Therapist – Registered) or COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant) after an event in their lives – often health related – affects their ability to participate in daily activities.

Occupational therapy can help with:

  •  Learning to get dressed after an arm, shoulder, or elbow injury
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Parkinson’s Disease symptoms
  • Work and sports-related injuries
  • Social and sensory integration

An occupational therapist helps patients regain any lost function or adapt to changes after an injury or medical event. They also work with patients to assess and address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and environmental aspects that may help – or hinder – their personal recovery.