What We Help With

Occupational therapy practitioners ask “What matters to you?” not
“What is the matter with you?”

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a very broad profession with various specialty areas, a bit similar to how doctors may specialise in different fields. It’s found in many settings – you may have come across an Occupational Therapist (OT) in a hospital, private practice, at work or a corporate environment, or as a home-visiting therapist.

The common philosophy of all OT areas, is that it optimises how you function in day-to-day activity and promotes your quality of life, whether it be cognitive or physical in nature. Occupational Therapists use a variety of treatment techniques and work with individuals of all ages. It’s common for an occupational therapist to consider the social and mental impact of your presenting problem, and throughout your recovery journey

What Is Soft Tissue Occupational Therapy?

Soft Tissue Occupational Therapy, or Soft Tissue Therapy (STT) specifically treats musculoskeletal symptoms and conditions, including acute and chronic injuries.

Treatment is aimed at pain relief and better movement, focusing on the cause of pain which may be coming from dysfunction or injury of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and connective tissue. This is achieved by careful assessment, and hands-on treatment of muscles to create immediate structural changes in soft tissues. Secondary to this, STT assists in opening nerve pathways, increasing nerve signal strength to allow an increased function of the body’s organs and muscles, and promote spinal health. This is important to the athlete wanting to increase strength performance, as well as to the desk-worker conscious of preventing injury.

Soft tissue injuries can occur from a single incident, such as a car accident or fall. It can also be due to accumulative factors over a number of weeks, months, or years, such as emotional stress, poor posture, repetitive movement or hormonal imbalances. Your Occupational Therapist can help you to determine what factors may be contributing to your problem, and suggest practical changes to help you recover and prevent further injury.

Common conditions we help with include:

  • Upper back pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain and neck stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Muscular pain and stiffness
  • ‘Frozen’ shoulder
  • Postural imbalances
  • Nerve pain
  • Antenatal and postnatal muscular/nerve pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Shoulder and hip bursitis
  • Pain associated with arthritis

      … and more

WHAT IS HAND THERAPY?

Hand Therapy is aimed at treating all conditions and injuries specific to the hand, wrist and elbow. It encompasses treatment of acute and chronic injuries sustained through either a single incident (such as a fall or sporting injury), or over a long-term period (such as osteoarthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome). Hand therapy uses various techniques to get your hands, wrists and arms working as best as they can be so you can return back to work, sports, recreation, and day-to-day activities. This can include the provision of splints/orthoses to assist your recovery, heat therapy, stretches, strengthening exercises, pain management techniques, and scar management techniques and products. With a detailed understanding of the intricate anatomy of your hands, your Occupational Therapist will take care of you throughout the recovery of your injury and educate you every step of the way.

Common hand, wrist, and elbow conditions we help with include:

  • Wrist pain and hand pain
  • Finger pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Numbness in the arm or hand
  • RSI (repetitive strain injuries)
  • Tendonitis
  • Mallet finger
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Tennis and Golfers Elbow
  • Trigger Finger
  • Arthritis
  • All upper limb fractures (hand/wrist/elbow/humerus)
  • Thumb/finger dislocations and ligament injuries
  • Post-surgical therapy for hand, wrist and elbow

… and more

* Please note: For all acute hand injuries requiring emergency medical attention, please present to the emergency department at your nearest hospital, or to your GP

It is treatment to target dysfunction/injury of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and connective tissue. Secondary to this, STT assists in increasing nerve signal strength to allow an increased function of the body’s organs and muscles, and promote spinal health.

Soft tissue injuries can occur from an incident, such as a car accident or fall, or due to accumulative factors over a number of years, such as emotional stress, poor posture, or hormonal imbalances.

What To Expect

During your first visit, your Occupational Therapist (OT) will discuss with you your main concerns, symptoms, how your problem is affecting your day-to-day life, and an assessment with be performed during your session. Your OT will also ask about any other relevant medical history.

Following assessment, your OT will discuss with you goals of treatment to reach recovery or to better manage your pain, and explain how this will be achieved.

SOFT TISSUE THERAPY SESSIONS

These sessions involve hands-on soft tissue manipulation techniques to target taut bands and ‘knots’ in soft tissue structures (eg. muscles, tendon, fascia). Controlled pressure is applied to these tight muscles which immediately lengthens the tissues and provides pain relief, postural re-alignment, and better movement. Your OT will also educate you on how to carry out movement or exercises at home on a daily basis, to ensure you experience the best recovery possible.

Our goal is to work through muscle tension or injury, restore normal movement patterns and prevent further injury in a timely manner. Treatment is normally provided over clothing, so clients are welcome to dress in comfortable gear that allows your OT to access your muscles. Clothing doesn’t typically need removing unless it is helpful for you therapist to assess your skin and other body landmarks. Please avoid wearing denim or thick material as these may affect the efficacy of your treatment.

HAND THERAPY SESSIONS

We assess and provide diagnostic clinical testing to assist with diagnosis of your hand, wrist, or elbow condition. Your OT may also discuss working in conjunction with your GP for investigation where suitable.

Therapy sessions may include the use of heat application, pain management techniques, scar management, stretches, and strengthening exercises.

Back 2 Body provides all pre-fabricated and custom-made thermoplastic splinting/orthoses required for rest and immobilisation of specific hand, wrist, and elbow injuries. Mobilisation splints/orthoses are also available to facilitate the movement of stiff joints.

Our goal is to facilitate the optimal recovery of all hand and upper limb conditions, and to return the hand back to a functional level specific to each person’s day-to-day activity in the shortest time frame. This may be the manual labourer who requires their hands to use heavy work equipment, the adult who suffers from chronic thumb arthritis, the computer-worker with tennis elbow, the parent who needs to pick up her baby without wrist pain, and everyone else in between.

GETTING STARTED

You can self-refer and make direct contact with Back 2 Body Occupational Therapy, or you may be referred by another health professional or doctor.

Workers Compensation claims, Motor Vehicle Insurance claims, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), CDM (EPC) and other Medicare funded programs are accepted.

Rebates are available from most major private health funds for private clients with Occupational Therapy cover. Check with your health fund for rebate information.

Getting Started

You can self-refer and make direct contact with Back 2 Body Occupational Therapy, or you may be referred by another health professional or doctor.

Workers Compensation, DVA, CDM (EPC) and other Medicare funded programs are accepted.

Rebates are available for private paying clients with cover for ‘Occupational Therapy’ with private health funds.

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Address
Back 2 Body Occupational Therapy 314 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007

Opening Hours
Monday 1.00-7.00pm
Tuesday 1.00-7.00pm
Wednesday 1.00-7.00pm
Thursday 1.00-7.00pm
Friday 10.00-6.00pm
(mobile visits only)
Saturday 8.30-4.30pm
Sunday Closed

 

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