Soft Tissue Occupational Therapy

By: Ellenbrook Chiropractic and Wellness Centre  27-Nov-2012
Keywords: Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches

Occupational Therapists (OT) are health professionals who enable people to overcome limitations they may experience in their daily occupations. Occupational Therapists working in the area of soft tissue treatment focus on the interrelationship between occupation and soft tissue function. A State Registration Board governs Occupational Therapy practice in WA and will be governed nationally in July 2012. Occupational Therapists in Western Australia are currently required to complete a minimum of four-year science degree, including 1000 hours practical experience. What is Soft Tissue? Soft tissue is a collective term for muscles, tendons, fascia and ligaments. What are the causes of soft tissue dysfunction? Soft tissue dysfunction may be a result of major incidents that have occurred throughout life, such as a car accident or sports injury. Or they may be a result of more subtle influences that have accumulated over time, such as emotional stress, poor posture or weight gain. Who can benefit? A variety of conditions can be treated. Some of these include: • Headaches/migraines • Reduced movement • Mid/upper back pain • Sprains and strains • Lower back pain • Joint ache/pain • Tight/weak muscles • Medical conditions ( eg. Fibromyalgia, arthritis) • Sporting injuries and prevention What is the OT’s approach to Treatment? At Ellenbrook Chiropractic & Wellness Centre a holistic approach to treatment is utilised and individually tailored to each client to assist in restoring optimal movement patterns and affecting the health and function of soft tissue structures. A wide variety of neuromuscular techniques are used by Occupational Therapists to enhance the functioning of the neuromusculoskeletal system. The aim of these techniques is to enhance the spinal muscular system in order to influence not only symptoms but to effectively deal with the cause/s of dysfunction. Client education is also utilised to empower the client in maximising their own health outcomes and quality of life. Some of this may include strengthening and stretching programs, lifestyle changes (eg. weight loss, nutrition, emotional influences) and work environment changes. Any Further Information? • Services are available to people of all ages. • Rebates are claimable for OT services from all private health insurance funds. The amount of rebate will vary depending on the insurer and the individual’s level of cover. • You do not need a referral from any other practitioner to see an Occupational Therapist privately. • Services can also be provided for people with existing worker’s compensation and motor vehicle accident claims, Department of Veteran Affairs and Enhanced Primary Care programs but this is only with a referral from a GP or medical specialist.

Keywords: Back Pain, Headaches, Neck Pain

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