Archive for the ‘Occupational Therapy’ Category

Cardiovascular Pathologies and Occupational Therapy

July 28, 2010

Not many cardiovascular diseases require massage and occupational therapy as a part of treatment, but it is very important for me to know what to do in such cases of heart attacks, shock, and cardiac arrest. These could happen at any time to any one of my patients, and I should know what is happening to their bodies and how to handle the situation. There are some side effects of cardiovascular diseases that some of my patients could also be experiencing that I should be aware of; such as those that accompany Hemophilia. Hemophilia impairs clotting, making patients much more susceptible to bruising. I would have to make sure I was extra gentle when touching them. Their fragileness could also potentially affect therapy.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Autism in Occupational Therapy

July 27, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, and tetraplegia will be especially prevalent in my field. The book even mentions that occupational therapy and rehabilitation will be necessary to maximize the patients’ independence and self-confidence with their injury. Having an interest in pediatric occupational therapy, I will need an extensive knowledge base of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. These are more commonly being diagnosed in children and early intervention with these disorders is very important. As an occupational therapist, I will need to know how to work with these children to build their strengths with touching different things (sensory integration) and their fine motor skills. I have shadowed at an autism school before, and the work that the occupational therapists do with the children is quite remarkable.

Dermatological Pathologies in Occupational Therapy

July 26, 2010

Knowledge of skin infections and conditions will be very important in the field of occupational therapy. Especially with those infections that are extremely contagious; such as Impetigo, Lice and Scabies. As an occupational therapist, I will have to make sure that I question my patients about these infections and conditions. I was not aware that massage therapy is contraindicated for those with acne, because it can cause inflammation and discomfort. This is something I should also be aware of as an occupational therapist, as I will be coming into contact with my patients’ skin. It is also important to know that when patients have certain infections such as jock itch, it is okay to continue with therapy as long as the infected area is avoided (which in the case of jock itch, the area would always be avoided).

Treatment Plans

July 19, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Formulating an appropriate treatment plan, as discussed in the book and in the power point for Chapter 2, will also be an important aspect of Occupational Therapy.  It involves knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and intense discussion with the patient about what they want to gain from therapy; or in my case with Pediatric Occupational Therapy, discussion with the parent or guardian and the patient.  It also involves using people skills and knowing what therapeutic techniques will work best to help the client for what problems they are having.  In Pediatric Occupational Therapy, you can often come across such problems as children who are recovering from brain surgeries, children with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and other diseases that can affect physical functioning.

Massage, Occupational, Chiropractic Massage Therapy Pathology Online Education

Pathology and Occupational Therapy

April 1, 2009

Pathology is an important aspect for medical professionals to get a grasp on. Occupational therapist need to have an understanding of the concepts involved because of the client base that they come in contact with. There are so many different diseases that an understanding of going into the field will help treat the condition. A class on treating those with these disease states would be extremely beneficial.

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