Occupational Therapy

Patient receiving occupational therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on everyday activities or "occupations" in which people engage throughout their daily lives to gain independence, fulfill their time and give life meaning. Occupational therapy practitioners prioritize enabling activities; facilitating the physical, cognitive, environmental, psychological and social performance skills needed for independence.

Treatment Methods

Bioness NESS H200

After a stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, people often have difficulty closing and opening their hands, pinching and grasping. At UF Health Rehab Hospital, our occupational therapists use the Bioness NESS H200 system which helps patients improve hand function and voluntary movements.

Mirror Therapy

Mirror therapy is a specific therapy designed to strengthen arms and hands weakened by a stroke. In mirror therapy, our occupational therapists use movements of the stronger hand and arm to “trick our brain” into thinking that the weaker arm is moving. Research has shown that this “tricking of the brain” really works as the brain areas responsible for making the weaker arm move do become stimulated.

Kinesio Taping

The KinesioTaping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopaedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.

Saebo

SaeboFlex allows individuals suffering from neurological impairments, like those that occur after stroke, the ability to incorporate their hand functionally in therapy and at home by supporting the weakened wrist, hand and fingers. The SaeboFlex is a custom fabricated orthosis that is non-electrically based and is purely mechanical.

SaeboStretch uses a revolutionary stretch technology, which allows fingers to move through flexion caused by associated reactions and tone. In addition, it uses a low-load, long duration stretch to return the fingers to the desired position. The SaeboStretch overcomes issues which can result from traditional splints including deformity, joint damage, hypermobility and contractures.

Mobile Arm Support

Mobile art supports are for people with upper-limb disabilities. They can help with rehabilitation and can add more freedom and independence to activities of daily living including feeding, using a computer, and controlling the joystick of a power wheelchair.

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