Occupational Therapy

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Describing Occupational Therapy in Dubai in a phrase: helping to make lives fit for living.

Occupational Therapists (OT) in Dubai help people to work and do everyday tasks despite their physical and mental disabilities. OTs, help people to work within their limitations by making changes to their environment of learning new ways to do things.

​​​​​​​Occupational therapists help people overcome the effects of disabilities caused by mental illness, physical injury or ageing, so they can continue to do everyday tasks and activities. This could include learning new ways of doing things or making changes to their environment to make things easier.

Some of the uses of occupational therapy are:

Athletes regain muscle strength and flexibility following, for example, torn ligaments.
Using exercise to manage pain for people with back problems.
​​​​​​​Children developing better hand dexterity so they can, for example, tie their shoes
​​​​​​​People suffering from anxiety disorders build their social skills
​​​​​​​Toddlers using play to increase their social skills
​​​​​​​Amputees learn how to function with a new artificial limb
​​​​​​​Down syndrome individuals learn self-care activities
​​​​​​​Dementia sufferers adapt to memory loss

​​​​​​​People often
confuse occupational therapy and physical therapy. Occupational therapy works to improve life skills or help people readmit their vocational path. It is a form of rehabilitation that helps people overcome or adapt to their functional deficiencies so they can live as independently as possible. Physical therapy diagnoses and treats specific injuries. It helps people manage physical pain using techniques such as exercise and massage instead of undergoing surgery or having a long-term reliance on medication.