Occupation therapists often work within workplaces to assist individuals in their ability to meet the functional necessities to complete their work, supporting both their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Occupational therapists also work to assist those with a loss of soft tissue function (i.e. muscles, connective tissue, bones, joints, nerves and CNS sensori-motor function) often caused through injury. Practise is characterised by the use of "hands-on" assessment and treatment techniques to improve the individual's function while performing an activity.
The aim of these techniques is to facilitate healthier patterns of both stability and movement for the individual, resulting in improved participation in occupations (e.g. increased independence, decreased pain, and decreased risk of injury). Assessment techniques and knowledge of soft tissue function complement and add to other forms of OT intervention.
Chronic pain can disrupt a person’s everyday life, causing them to lose their mobility and independence. OTs work with those suffering from chronic pain to assess and help in achieving everyday tasks through activities and tasks that can help actually manage the pain.
Australian Pain Society
The Australian Pain Society aims to minimise pain and related suffering through advocacy and leadership in clinical practice, education and research. This multidisciplinary organisation was formed in 1979, is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain and includes members from many medical specialties as well as dentistry, psychology, nursing, general practitioners other health professionals and the basic sciences.