Occupational Therapy

At Restore, we offer a variety of Occupational Therapy services to support individuals in their journey towards optimal health and well-being. Our experienced and compassionate Occupational Therapist specialises in providing personalised care for patients with a variety of oncology-related conditions, focusing on lymphoedema. We believe in empowering individuals to regain independence, maximise their functional abilities, and enhance their overall quality of life.


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a holistic healthcare profession that focuses on helping individuals of all ages engage in meaningful activities and occupations to improve their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Occupational Therapists are trained healthcare professionals who work closely with patients to develop personalised treatment plans and interventions that address their unique needs and goals.


Occupational Therapy in Oncology

For individuals undergoing or finishing cancer treatment, Occupational Therapy plays a crucial role in facilitating the recovery and rehabilitation process. Our Occupational Therapist is skilled in addressing the challenges and limitations associated with cancer treatment, including the physical, cognitive, and emotional impacts.

Through a patient-centred approach, our Occupational Therapist collaborates with individuals to identify their specific goals and develop tailored strategies to address functional limitations and enhance their ability to participate in daily activities. Whether it’s preventing/treating lymphoedema, managing fatigue, improving range of motion, or addressing cognitive changes, our Occupational Therapy interventions are designed to support individuals in regaining independence and resuming their valued occupations.


Occupational Therapy for Lymphoedema Management

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that can occur as a result of cancer treatment, particularly surgeries (where lymph nodes are removed) and radiation therapy. It is characterised by the accumulation of lymphatic fluid, leading to swelling and discomfort in affected areas. Our Occupational Therapist is also a qualified Lymphoedema Therapist and has a wide range of experience with providing specialised care for individuals with lymphoedema, utilising evidence-based techniques to manage and reduce the impact of lymphoedema on every-day life.

Through a combination of manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, therapeutic exercises, and self-care strategies, our Occupational Therapist works with patients to develop comprehensive lymphoedema management plans. These plans are tailored to the individual’s specific needs, aiming to prevent and reduce swelling, improve function, enhance self-management skills, and provide education on risk reduction strategies.


The Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy can provide numerous benefits for individuals with oncology-related conditions and lymphoedema. Some of the key advantages include:


    • Restoring and improving physical function and mobility
    • Enhancing independence in daily activities and self-care
    • Managing and reducing pain and discomfort
    • Addressing cognitive changes and promoting cognitive functioning
    • Providing strategies for energy conservation and fatigue management
    • Offering emotional support and coping strategies
    • Enhancing quality of life and overall well-being
    • Preventing or reducing the effects of lymphoedema.

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