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Occupational therapy

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What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy aims to help people who have difficulty with their everyday work, home or leisure activities because of illness or disability. Read more >

How does occupational therapy help?

Your occupational therapist can assess your problems with everyday tasks and explore possible solutions with you. Read more >

Overcoming everyday difficulties

Your occupational therapist can help you overcome everyday difficulties by:

  • making you rethink the way you do things
  • giving information about specialist equipment
  • suggesting ways to help you to get around
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Helping you to help yourself

Your occupational therapist will show you joint protection techniques, which help to reduce the strain on your joints. They’ll also advise you on managing the fatigue that’s often associated with arthritis. Read more >

Providing splints to rest or support your joints

Splints may help you to rest or support painful or unstable joints. If you need splints, your occupational therapist will advise on the best ones for you. Read more >
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