How Occupational Therapy Works For Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating condition that affects your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Luckily, there are treatments that help relieve its symptoms and even slow its progression. Occupational therapy works by supporting those with Multiple Sclerosis to handle day-to-day activities and live a more independent life.

At Fairview, we offer both inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy for those with MS. Our tailored, one-on-one programs ensure patients have the best chance of maintaining and improving daily function. Fairview’s staff do everything they can to ensure that occupational therapy works to improve the lives of MS sufferers.

Let’s see how this therapy helps.

Occupational Therapy Works for Day-To-Day Activities

MS affects patients’ ability to do things on their own without help from others. For MS sufferers, performing simple day-to-day activities can be an uphill struggle. Even things like attending to personal hygiene, eating meals, and using the bathroom can be a real challenge.

Elderly man getting occupational therapy for multiple sclerosis

Occupational therapists work to break down these daily tasks into more manageable components. This allows patients to maintain and gradually restore their coordination and mobility skills.

Occupational therapists work hard to understand their patients’ medical history, family circumstances, and personal needs. Providing emotional support is a key part of their approach to help patients cope with their daily living needs. A friendly smile can make all the difference and helps patients to get the maximum benefit from occupational therapy sessions.

Strength And Coordination

Patients with MS usually lack muscle strength and have problems with coordination and balance. One-on-one occupational therapy works to maintain and build up strength and coordination, helping patients live more independently.

As part of their job, occupational therapists ensure patients use any adaptive equipment safely and correctly. They encourage patients to work through their routines as independently as possible while giving them gentle encouragement along the way.

In addition, occupational therapists may make suggestions to improve mobility and reduce hazards in patients’ homes. This may mean that rugs and other trip hazards need to be removed.

Occupational therapy works well for MS sufferers provided sufficient attention is paid to changing personal needs and circumstances. Therapists carefully assess changes in a patient’s physical and mental health and adjust therapy accordingly. Their aim is to deliver the highest standard of rehab to improve the lives of MS sufferers.

Occupational Therapy Works Improves Cognitive Abilities

Occupational therapy works, too, at the cognitive level. Without stimulation the brain’s functions can atrophy. One of the tasks of therapists, therefore, is to slow down cognitive impairment and improve coordination at the same time.

Therapists deploy a range of techniques to achieve this. These include memory games, spoken word games and puzzles.

If you have symptoms of multiple sclerosis, contact your doctor to get medical assistance. Multiple sclerosis can cause a range of symptoms including serious mobility problems, loss of balance, and vision difficulties. Contact us to get more information about our therapy programs. Regular therapy, including occupational therapy work and slow it from progressing.