PT and OT: The One Difference and 3 Similarities

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Have you ever wondered what the differences are between occupational and physical therapy? While many aspects of occupational and physical therapy do overlap, they are not exactly the same. Continue reading as Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, explains the differences and similarities of physical and occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy (OT) originally began as a method to treat the mentally ill. OT has transformed into a field that helps people live independently in many different ways. Today, occupational therapists work in many diverse settings, from prosthetic and adaptive aids to assisted living care. The key word to keep in mind when thinking of occupational therapy would be “independence”.

Physical therapy (PT), on the other hand, involves treating an actual impairment. Reasons you might see a physical therapist could be rehabilitation after an injury, strengthening to prevent injury, balance rehabilitation, and TMJ- just to name a few. The goal of physical therapy is to restore mobility, decrease pain and educate. This minimizes the need for expensive surgery or long-term reliance on medications. Physical therapists also teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so they can secure long-term health benefits.

At times, occupational and physical therapists do work together. This type of program would involve the PT focusing on the impairment, while the OT helps the patient complete necessary tasks with the impairment. For instance, a worker injures his hand and is unable to work or care for himself. A physical therapists would help compose an exercise program, select and use adaptive equipment, regain mobility, and ultimately get the worker back to his job. An occupational therapist would help the worker re-learn how to dress himself, cook for himself, and cleanse himself.

The examples posted here are a very small list of the differences and similarities between OT and PT. The three largest similarities between them is that they have the same goal- to get patients healthy, happy, and live life to the fullest.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our mission is to inspire, educate and motivate clients by providing affordable treatment while promoting healing in an environment that fosters integrity and respect.

If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or lack of mobility, call us at (714) 997-5518 to schedule an evaluation with one of our expert physical therapists.

 

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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“An Inspiration”: A story of therapy dogs helping children in physical therapy, and our patients, too!

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Timberee Princess Therapy dog certificate final

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, has reviewed an article posted by Today covering the benefits of therapy dogs with children in physical therapy. Be warned: the article is a tear jerker! Kids who participate in intensive therapy at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio as they recover from accidents or surgeries get a dose of motivation thanks to therapy dogs working alongside physical therapists.

One participant, Jack Lehman said, “I don’t think I would have been motivated to do well… They were a huge comforting presence.” “It is rare to see dogs in therapy because not a lot of hospital pet visitation programs are aware of how much the dogs can assist with patient motivation,” said Sarah Brown, a physical therapist at Akron Children’s.

The animals help in a few ways:

1. Therapy dogs provide a fun distraction while facilitating movement and exercise

2. Therapy dogs provide emotional support

3. Therapy dogs help calm patients down when they are upset or resting beside them for comfort while they are stretching

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we are interested in new ways to increase therapeutic results and make our patients comfortable and happy. Our wonderful golden retriever, Timberee Princess, CGC (Canine Good Citizen), recently passed the rigorous Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Test and is an official  therapy dog! She is certified to be with patients in our physical therapy practice, Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

Please let us know if you would like to meet Timberee Princess, or are interested in an adapted physical therapy plan that includes working with her!

 

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA  92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

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Timberee Princess, CGC and Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog; It’s official!

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Our wonderful golden retriever, Timberee Princess CGC (Canine Good Citizen), just passed the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Test! She is now certified to be with patients in my physical therapy practice, Walker Physical Therapy Pain Center in Orange, Ca.

Trained Therapy dogs provide affection and comfort to patients and clients. Many people feel they get better faster after visiting with a trained therapy dog. A therapy dog provides therapeutic support to people other than its handler. Therapy dogs are frequently invited to visit schools, libraries, assisted living homes, hospitals and hospices. To become a therapy dog, the dog must pass rigorous testing and have accreditation.

Please let us know if you would like to meet Timberee Princess!

Thank you Sandy McFarland, for our wonderful Golden!

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

 

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1

 Orange, CA92868

 Phone: 714-997-5518

 

 

 

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