OT’s Super Power

by Cheryl Hall on November 15th, 2020

Movement is medicine. From Hippocrates to modern doctors, there is universal agreement that moving your body contributes to wellness and protects against disease. Any movement is good movement, whether it is playing outside, scrubbing dishes, feeding yourself, or checking your car’s oil. All movement is medicine.

Occupational therapy’s holistic approach supports movement in a powerful way. We are trained to listen to each patient to both discover and understand what occupations are most important. Which of the hundreds of ways to engage in and enjoy life is important to your patient? Do they want to garden, cook, be outdoors, have a pet, play a game, wash and style their own hair, drive, or put their shoes on? Bringing back even a small activity is potent medicine.

After identifying what is important, OTs make it happen by assessing functional limitations, suggesting interventions, modifying tasks, utilizing adaptive equipment, and using therapeutic exercise. Patients, buoyed by their own intrinsic motivation, are empowered through occupational therapy to make their occupation a reality. By identifying those activities most important to a person, OT ensures patients will engage in movement over and over again. This is the super power of OT!

  • About Me

    Cheryl Hall
    Occupational Therapist
    Maryland, United States

    Welcome to a site devoted to sharing experience, knowledge and resources to make your job of being a great therapist a lot easier.

    I have been an occupational therapist for more than 30 years. I graduated from San Jose State University with degrees in Occupational Therapy, Gerontology, and Early Child Development. My passion is working with adults and children in home health but I have also worked in rehab, sub-acute rehab, hand therapy, transitional living for TBI, and hospital-based outpatient settings.

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