Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy and sensory integration?

Occupational therapy (OT) and sensory integration at Bryn Mawr Rehab helps patients who've experienced a debilitative injury or illness return to activities of daily living (ADL), such as dressing, eating, writing, shopping, toileting and driving.

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 locations in the western suburbs, 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:

Occupational therapy and sensory integration can also help with ADLs such as:

  • Transferring to a bed, toilet or tub
  • Wheelchair-fitting and skills
  • 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.

How patients benefit from occupational therapy and sensory integration

Although life's most mundane tasks can be such a challenge in the aftermath of a life-altering injury or disease, the smallest accomplishments can be a tremendous victory during the course of recovery.

The team at Bryn Mawr Rehab takes a creative approach to teaching endurance, agility, and energy-conservation techniques. We begin every new patient relationship with a comprehensive evaluation to analyze the specific challenges you might encounter upon discharge and we then customize your therapy program, which may include any of the following services:

  • 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

Related specialties

Sports Medicine Rehab

As part of our specialized treatment for each athlete, sports injury rehab includes use of therapies and training exercises that not only mimic the demands of your sport but also address the unique conditions of the specific position you play within your sport.

Vestibular Therapy

At Bryn Mawr Rehab we help patients with chronic or acute dizziness and vertigo get back to active, normal living. With several outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, there’s sure to be a vestibular therapist near you.

Aquatic Therapy

Through the aquatic therapy program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, warm water helps patients relax, enhances functional movement, and boosts confidence and ability.

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.

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.

Medical Rehab

Combining medical practice with therapeutic rehabilitation, the inpatient medical rehab program supports patients with a wide range of acute or chronic conditions that cause temporary or permanent disability. Our goal is always to help patients regain as much independence as possible.

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.

Equestrian Therapy

Equine-assisted therapy provides physical as well as cognitive benefits for a person’s recovery. As the horse walks, the repetitive swinging motion helps to improve the person’s balance, coordination and strength and muscle tone through the trunk and legs. Cognitive skills improve because riding requires balance, stability, timing and planning.

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