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What is occupational medicine?
Occupational medicine is a type of medicine that deals with the prevention, treatment, and resolution of injuries and illnesses that are job or workplace related. Physicians trained in occupational medicine can be more skilled than regular physicians in this area as they are knowledgeable and up to date on current workforce safety guidelines like Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and can make the best treatment plans accordingly. These physicians often work in concert with employers to keep employees safe and healthy.
What is a pediatric occupational therapist?
A pediatric occupational therapist deals primarily with children. They provide therapies to children who may have a variety of needs , including learning disabilities, sensory issues, physical trauma or disabilities, difficulty with fine-motor skills, and social issues. They help the child by treating their limitations or disability, while fostering increased self-esteem through treatments leading to growth and development. Some pediatric OTs work within school districts, and their costs are usually covered through the district.
How much does it cost to see an occupational therapist?
The cost to see an occupational therapist (OT) will depend on several factors. Since most bill on an hourly basis, an initial consultation can run you from $100 to $250. Once you begin seeing an OT, you will be billed based on that hourly rate. The types of service needed, and things like travel and other specialty services can factor into costs. Insurance can offset a lot of these costs, so consult your policy or insurance provider for specifics on your coverage range and out-of-pocket costs.
What types of conditions do occupational therapists treat?
Occupational therapists work with people who have a variety of conditions, including work-related injuries, amputees and people with prosthetics, stroke and heart attack victims, head injury victims, burns and spinal cord trauma. They can treat most major physical trauma victims (note - they are not physical therapists) and those with permanent disabilities. They also work with people with mental health issues. It is not just for adults, but also for kids needing to improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and/or fine motor skills. It is a common therapy to elevate and improve self-esteem for many kids who have these issues.
What is an occupational therapist?
An occupational therapist works with individuals of all ages who require specialized assistance in order to lead productive and satisfying lives. These individuals might suffer from emotional, physical, social, or developmental issues.
What is deep-tissue massage?
Deep-tissue massages are designed to target problematic areas like knots (aka adhesions) in the muscles by targeting deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Deep tissue massages use slower, deliberate strokes, or friction, to address issues like tight or painful muscles, injuries and issues related to posture and repetitive strain. These are considered a more intense massage and might be too much for some to handle, particularly if it is their first massage or if they are highly sensitive.
Shiatsu massage is an alternative technique that uses manual pressure applied to specific areas on the body to help relieve pain and tension. Using thumbs, fingers, elbows and sometimes even knees, the masseuse targets pressure points, or “energy pathways”also known as meridians, to reduce muscle tension and fatigue by stimulating acupressure points in the body. Shiatsu is thought to promote circulation; improve the lymphatic system; help heal minor injuries; and even help symptoms related to arthritis, insomnia, back and neck pain, and even sinus problems.
Swedish massages are the most common, perhaps even generic, form of massage. Swedish massages are designed to promote circulation and the relaxation of superficial muscles. They are not a deep-tissue massage. Swedish massage techniques can include kneading, friction and rubbing, and may include stretching and bending of joints. They are the most general massage and not designed for sports injuries or to address specific ailments. It is a good option for someone who has never had a massage before.
Some people consider a Thai massage like doing yoga without the work. Thai massages use various stretching movements that do simulate some yoga movements in an effort to stretch the muscles and promote flexibility, range of motion, and reduce stress. Some use acupressure techniques, as well. Since you are being moved around quite a bit, depending on your masseuse and their aggressiveness, this type of massage can be done on a mat on the floor, or on a massage table.
What is friction massage?
A friction massage is a deep-tissue massage which is meant to maintain mobility within soft tissue structures of tendons, ligaments and muscles, and to prevent scars from forming. Friction massages are applied transversely across the tissue, versus the traditional longitudinal method that is parallel to the blood vessels. These types of massages are popular with athletes, post-competition. The masseuse must use extreme diligence in locating the proper contractile tissues (like muscles and tendons) and non-contractile tissues (like joints, bones and ligaments) before delivering a friction massage. Friction massage is delivered through the fingers and can be complex in their evaluation process and execution.