Long time no catch up. I was invited to speak (as someone who had experienced CRPS) at a study day conference at The College of Occupational Therapists in London yesterday. The theme was Long Term Conditions. It really was interesting and reminded me of the amazing job OTs do in the health system and in the community. My personal experience with OTs was in hand units, but their job description is so broad. I think that the most important thing I could say about Occupational Therapy is that it is a philosophy – Help people to continue to engage with the activities which are important to them as individuals after injury, the onset of illness, or working with elderly clients. It is such an important function in so many ways. The basic principle of keeping active is beneficial to mental health so can ward of depression and feelings of hopelessness that can sometimes be overwhelming. It can help prevent dependency on medication to treat these symptoms, by engaging and encouraging active participation which is a far more gratifying experience. My recent experience illustrated just how quick it is to lose control of your life when something happens to affect your health. Without the kind of support which Occupational Therapy sets out as its goal, i.e. To literally watch your back and help you to overcome unfamiliar obstacles, for the person in question, the experience can be psychologically devastating. In my case for a long time I was unable to use my right hand without exaggerating the withering pain of CRPS. During the first year when it seriously restricted the use of my right hand, apart from the obvious practical problems, it was the dominant one, so the loss was very emotional. Both of the OTs who worked with me through those horrible times were very aware of that fact and during treatment always acknowledged this in subtle ways.
For me the holistic nature of the treatment I had from OTs fitted in really well with the multidisciplinary approach which ultimately helped me to overcome the CRPS. They constantly encouraged me to use my hand, and helped me find ways of doing this. It was so important to do that and although at times it felt as though there was no progress they kept up the encouragement and it paid off in the end. Have a look at COTs Website and get an idea for yourself and check out the small films which really illustrate what I am saying. http://bit.ly/rGZSYt Sunny
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