Occupational therapists (OT), may help chronic pain patients by teaching compensatory techniques with adaptive methods and equipment. Often this may include learning one-handed techniques for activities for daily living (ADLs) or using ergonomic equipment. For example, a person having difficulty cooking can decrease the functional deficit with special equipment designed to aid in tasks such as slicing or peeling vegetables, cutting meat, and opening containers with just one hand. Coping with the chores of daily living, such as laundry, cleaning, driving and shopping can be accomplished by learning new methods and equipment designed for specific disabilities. Much of the time there is more than one way to get things done. The goal is to maximize independence doing what you need to do and relying less on others to help you through life.
Working with your OT, you will learn ways to improve your quality of life. Occupational therapy should be part of your care team for a comprehensive approach to improve your health, ease or eliminate your burden of the challenges you face every day. Many patients report less anger and depression with the self-confidence they gain by re-engaging in relationships, recreation and leisure that makes life precious.