How Occupational Therapy Can Help After a Brain Injury

Occupational therapy (OT) aims to help those suffering from physical and mental injuries and promotes rehabilitation through various activities that typically reflect that of the everyday. After any serious cognitive or physical injury, it can be difficult to perform tasks that might have come easily to you in the past. Through OT, it is possible to regain control of some of the fine motor skills that may have been reduced due to injury. Not only does OT help patients regain control over their physical self, but it helps them to be open-minded to the adjustments they will have to make in their day-to-day lifestyle. OT can help patients dealing with a variety of issues that stem from brain trauma, such as:

1. Cognitive impairments

2. Visual perceptual impairments

3. Motor function impairments

4. Social participation and everyday activity impairments

But what exactly can occupational therapy do for a brain injury?

OT Goals for Brain Injuries

Suffering a brain injury typically results from decreased memory, emotional, motor, and sensory processes. During OT, a specialist will assess the patient’s ability in these categories and design a plan to help regain these skills.

Cognitive Impairments

After any serious head trauma, it can become more difficult to think, remember, plan, and problem solve. To combat this, OT practitioners create an individualized plan that utilizes repetition to introduce new, beneficial habits. Here at Theradynamics, we have introduced a new technology called the Interactive Metronome that can help refine mental capability and reduce the effects of a cognitive injury, or simply improve mental fitness in general.

Visual Impairments and Brain Injuries

Vision problems and brain injuries go hand in hand, with almost 90% of all brain injury patients suffering from related visual issues after the event. This can lead to other problems, such as difficult balancing, limited walking abilities, and trouble finding things around the house. Through a technique called visual scanning, the brain can be trained to search for objects from left to right to get a better grasp of one’s surroundings.

How We Help Limited Motor Function

Perhaps one of the most difficult problems to cope with after an injury can be limited motor function. Muscle weakness, limited range of motion, and poor reflexes are all things that can be affected by head trauma. Thanks to the QFNA, a series of technologies designed to help patients going through OT, our team at Theradynamics has been able to help patients strengthen the connection between mind and body.

Occupational Therapy Clinics at Theradynamics Manhattan NYC

Getting patients back on their feet and free of pain is what we aim to do here at Theradynamics. Our one-on-one approach and interactive technologies offer clinically proven treatment so that you can get back to being you as soon as possible. Our occupational therapy clinics in Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens, and the Bronx are ready to get you the treatment you need. If you want to learn more about the services we can provide or schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out today!