By: Susan Dorne, OT
People with MS are faced with numerous challenges that may affect the things they want and need to do. Often, limitations impede the ability to take care of basic needs at home, at work, and within the community. Simple everyday tasks can turn into daily frustration. One of the best approaches to help alleviate these challenges and minimize the frustration is through the intervention of Occupational Therapy (OT).
I was an occupational therapist for 20 years and I’ve had MS for 12 years. As my MS has progressed, incorporating my professional skills into my daily life has been essential. As a healthcare provider and a person with MS, I want to share with you the benefits of OT for the various daily challenges that can accompany this disease.
What Is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on an individual’s ability to perform the broad range of everyday life activities. OT promotes independence by improving the skills required to perform these activities and/or teaching alternative ways to accomplish them.