Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of therapy that focuses on helping individuals develop, recover or maintain the skills needed for activities of daily living (ADL). Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who may have physical, developmental, social or emotional challenges that impact their ability to participate in daily activities.

At Bryn Mawr Rehab, our goal is to empower our patients to reclaim their independence in ADL, including essentials such as dressing, grooming, bathing, eating, writing, toileting and driving through occupational therapy.

Whether you're with us for an inpatient stay at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, or on an outpatient basis at one of eight convenient locations, our seasoned occupational therapists work collaboratively with you and your support team to create a personalized work plan, perfectly tailored to the particular functions of your day-to-day schedule.

Patients who require OT can be of any age, but are typically recovering from debilitating injuries or conditions like:

Types of occupational therapy at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Our programs are tailored to meet the needs of every individual, focusing on both inpatient and outpatient care.

Our team pairs occupational therapy with sensory integration. This is an essential process where your brain interprets and organizes different types of sensory information from your environment and your body, such as sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, movement and balance.

For some individuals, this process can be challenging, leading to feelings of discomfort, difficulty concentrating, motor skills issues or being easily overwhelmed by everyday situations. Therapies focusing on sensory integration can help your brain more effectively process sensory information, leading to improvements in performing daily activities, emotional regulation and overall engagement with your surroundings.

Together, occupational therapy and sensory integration can also help with ADLs such as:

  • Transferring to a bed, toilet or tub
  • Visual processing and ocular motor control
  • Returning to school, work and other daily activities

How long you require therapeutic assistance, whether inpatient or outpatient, is dependent on your individual needs.

Occupational therapy treatment options

Our treatment options are as diverse as the needs of our patients. Every therapy journey begins with a comprehensive evaluation, pinpointing the specific challenges each patient faces. Our customizable therapy programs may include:

  • Custom splinting and casting
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Cognitive, perceptual and motor training
  • Functional vision retraining
  • Home exercise programs
  • Energy-conservation and joint-protection techniques
  • Durable medical equipment (DME) usage training

What to expect from occupational therapy

The road to recovery can sometimes seem daunting, but even the smallest achievements mark significant milestones. Our occupational therapy team at Bryn Mawr Rehab is dedicated to adopting creative approaches to boost endurance, agility and teach energy-conservation techniques, helping patients navigate the challenges of daily life with greater ease.

Patients can expect a caring environment that starts with understanding the unique challenges they face. Our goal is to equip each individual with the skills, confidence and support necessary to achieve maximum independence.

Related specialties

Hand Therapy

A hand therapy specialist is well-versed in a variety of methods and works to develop a personalized regimen for the unique needs of every patient. Our patients come from all walks of life—from young athletes to long-term arthritis sufferers to accidental burn victims.

Work Hardening Program

For people with work-related injuries and chronic pain, we offer a range of therapies through RehabWorks, a worker rehabilitation program that brings together a multidisciplinary team to support people who have lost functional capacity due to a work-related illness or injury.

Physical Therapy

Each inpatient and outpatient physical therapy rehab is individually designed and administered by a licensed physical therapist who consistently guides you from that first visit all the way through recovery.

Horticultural Therapy Center

Getting well doesn’t just happen from a hospital bed or inside a gym. Sometimes, letting patients get back to nature is the key to physical and psychological recovery.

Lymphedema Management Program

Our lymphedema therapists help you achieve best results early and with continued treatment at outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Even in cases of chronic lymphedema, an active management program can reduce swelling and improve symptoms.

Neurological Rehab

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital offers an extensive, progressive neurologic outpatient rehabilitation program for patients who may be able to function on their own, but wish to function even better.

Stroke Rehab

Inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation treatment and complex stroke treatment. We develop a unique stroke rehab therapy plan that help patients immediately build on their strengths and learn to compensate for limitations.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

With three locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, we’re sure to offer pelvic floor rehabilitation near you. Our pelvic floor PTs treat pelvic floor conditions in men and women and we’re able to offer comprehensive treatments for these sometimes complex conditions.

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