What’s occupational therapy, and how can it help me with my SCI?

occupational therapy after spinal cord injury

For those living with a spinal cord injury (SCI), everyday tasks which were once second nature, such as getting dressed and grooming, can suddenly present new and complex challenges. If you’re dealing with an SCI, there is good news: occupational therapy can help restore function, improve independence, and promote participation in activities that are meaningful to the individual.

Occupational therapy takes a holistic approach

Occupational therapy is a comprehensive approach that addresses a person’s health’s physical, mental, and emotional aspects. Unlike other forms of therapy that focus on a single aspect, it takes a holistic approach by using practical, activity-based techniques and exercises to enhance one’s ability to engage in daily life.

With the help of the occupational therapist, individuals can work towards improving their physical strength, motor skills, cognitive ability, and emotional well-being. Occupational therapy aims to help people achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life.

Occupational therapy teaches the use of adaptive equipment

Adaptive equipment are tools that used to help make up for lost function, such as gripping and reaching:

  • Universal cuffs
  • Reachers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Transfer benches
  • Grab bars and rails

This list can also include car adaptations so people with SCI can drive. Occupational therapy teaches patients how to use this equipment effectively and safely. Delta Center offers a free equipment exchange for durable medical equipment for low-income individuals.

Endeavor Program at Delta Center

The Endeavor Program at Delta Center provides support and peer mentoring to those with a spinal cord injury. The program aims to promote independence, share resources, and decrease future hospitalizations. The program will also help patients find mental health, social, and medical programs and support, including occupational therapy. We even help guide you through the application process.

Find resources for occupational therapy at Delta Center

Delta Center has an extensive database of various resources thanks to our professional relationships with different agencies. We will also research a service like occupational therapy for you to provide referrals that best fit your needs.

Delta Center Advocacy services are free to disabled adults and senior citizens. For Information and Referral, please call our Hotline at 636-926-8761, extension 228, or you may contact us by email at [email protected].

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