How Can OT help with CMT symptoms?
OTs develops treatment plans by evaluating the various physical, cognitive, and psychological elements simultaneously at work in someone with chronic pain. This approach can provide innovative, individualized approaches for your CMT symptoms. For more information on how OT treats pain go to the Chronic Tip Sheet from the AOTA.
What can I do to prevent falling?
People with CMT can alleviate anxiety about falling. Learn fall prevention strategies by working with an OT. For more information check out the Fall Prevention Tip Sheet from the AOTA. Even though the page is geared toward the geriatric population, most of the tips can help people with CMT as well.
What daily activities are aided by Occupational Therapy?
An OT can help modify the environment and adapt everyday items to ensure independence at work, home, and in the community. At home they can alter the environment to facilitate bathing, dressing, cooking, and cleaning. For example, if cooking is tiresome an OT may lower kitchen surfaces so chopping requires less upper arm strength.
What OT strategies can I do at home or by myself?
Many adaptive techniques that Occupational Therapists use are easy and cheap modifications to everyday household items. See our Helpful Links for additional resources and information.
Why is Occupational Therapy so important for those learning to use adaptive equipment?
Unlike other forms of therapy, OTs will consider the social, financial, environmental, and psychological factors that are associated with using adaptive equipment. They can help by teaching new ways to move safely during recovery and by providing ingenious equipment for activities such as bathing, cooking, and dressing. http://www.abledata.com/ is a federally-funded source for assistive devices. Find more information on OT strategies visit AOTA page on Mobility.