Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a long standing profession that has been around since the early 19th century. It is becoming increasingly talked about and finally getting the recognition for its vital role within health and social care. This is leading to the general public having greater understanding of an OT’s role.
Occupational therapy has recently been prevalent in the media with an article in Januarys. The Guardian Online.
”It is a common misconception, however, that occupational therapy is concerned solely, or even primarily, with getting people back to work: the term “occupational” in this context means purposeful activity of any kind in daily life, not necessarily employment” The Guardian Online – 27th January 2015
It is very exciting that Hayley Hinton and Clare Fundell joined the Birkdale Clinic in January 2015. Hayley and Clare are the directors of OT Partners Ltd and are Occupational Therapists specialising in the treatment and assessment of those who have a neurological diagnosis such as a Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury or Multiple Sclerosis. OT Partners will tailor a treatment programme to meet your personalised goals.
Following a neurological diagnosis such as a Stroke or Head Injury, people can experience pain, contractures, weakness or spasticity in their arms or hands. At the Birkdale Clinic, OT Partners Ltd offer an Upper Limb Clinic Service where we apply our specialist knowledge and skills in splinting and rehabilitation of the neurologically impaired upper limb.
How can splinting help?
Recent clinical guidelines published outlined clients’ experiences with using splints and how they have helped them;
“Without the splint my hand is shrivelled up into a ball”
“The splint takes the pain away from the wrist”
P42 Splinting for the prevention and correction of contractures in adults with neurological dysfunction. Practice guidelines for occupational therapists and physiotherapists 2015
Keep an eye out for our next blog where we will discuss splinting for the neurologically impaired upper limb further!