Gail S. Hegeman, MS, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS
Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
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What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists are allied healthcare practitioners who are trained in the anatomical, biomechanical, and psychosocial factors of human functioning. Through skilled evaluation, occupational therapists analyze occupations/activities and make recommendations. Occupational therapy assists people in developing the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Services often include comprehensive job site or home evaluations with adaptive recommendations.

Some of the health conditions that benefit from occupational therapy include:

· Work-related injuries including lower back problems or repetitive stress injuries
· Injured muscles or bones from accidents/falls, or sports injuries
· Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
· Burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputation
· Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
· Mental health or behavioral problems
· Vision or cognitive problems that threaten the ability to drive
· Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities

About Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the physiological and emotional effects of illness and injury. Occupational therapists enter the field with a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of health care settings, and pass a national examination. Pioneer Ergonomics occupational therapy consultants are Nationally Board Certified (NBCOT) and Licensed by the State of Massachusetts. For more information about Occupational Therapy, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association web page: www.aota.org.

 
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