Getting dressed, making coffee, shopping – many everyday activities can no longer be taken for granted after a stroke or amputation, in rheumatic disorders or congenital deformities. Allowing affected persons greater independence and mobility in everyday life and increasing their quality of life – that is the task of ergotherapy. Through consultation and exercises that are specifically adapted to individual needs, ergotherapy improves or restores impaired physical or mental abilities.
The aim of ergotherapy
Even in the hospital, basic activities such as washing, eating and household activities are trained. If aids such as prostheses are necessary for this, ergotherapists familiarise patients with this in intensive training. For only a well fitted prosthesis which is worn daily will offer practical benefits and increase mobility.
Ergotherapy for pain treatment
Since most people want to remain in their familiar environment after an accident or stroke, it is often necessary to adapt their home to their new requirements. In a home visit, ergotherapists check for possible safety risks and develop solutions for smooth daily tasks. Ergotherapy is also an important part of pain treatment and prevention. The patient learns to move especially gently and with little pain, thereby preventing additional problems.