Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.
Physical therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Speech therapy involves the evaluation and treatment of people who have trouble with speech, language, cognitive function (such as problem’s that affect people’s learning, perception, or problem solving skills) as well as swallowing disorders.
Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently or has problems with his or her voice resonance.
Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings.
Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving.
Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke or injury.
Occupational Therapy is the only healthcare practice that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to it’s fullest by helping them promote health, prevent-or live more independently with-injury, illness, or disability.
Common Occupational Therapy interventions include helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy practitioners have holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence based practice deeply rooted in science.