Physical Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy​ ​in Alaska

Physical Rehabilitation Therapy in Alaska

What​ ​is​ ​Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy/Occupational​ ​Therapy?

Both refer to specialized health care that’s focused on restoring your physical self in terms of strength, flexibility, and mobility. Healing, repair, and recovery. Most often people get involved with these disciplines after a serious injury as a result of sports, outdoor activities, vehicular accidents, or surgery. Our rehabilitation treatments are a team effort, blending elements of chiropractic care, massage therapy, and rehab for maximized results.

What​ ​is​ ​Occupational​ ​Therapy?

Imagine you’ve suffered a minor stroke which caused a disability that’s interfering with your career, or your hobbies. You want to get back to work or back on the field! An occupational therapist is a specialist in rehabilitation, but focuses on helping you develop the strengths/physical skills you need to perform your job, or just stay involved in the activities you need and love.

What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Difference​ ​Between​ ​Occupational​ ​Therapy​ ​&​ ​Physical​ ​Therapy?

A simple way to put it is – where rehabilitation therapy seeks to make you generally better and healthier, and physical therapy is about restoring flexibility and mobility in general or to parts of your body for general purposes, occupational therapy focuses on restoring functionality for specific outcomes – to fully participate in school, to take care of and dress yourself, do chores around the house, or perhaps even to walk without assistance.

What​ ​are​ ​the​ ​Different​ ​Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy​ ​Services/Treatments/Programs?

Good question, as you might’ve guessed there’s a fair amount, including different disciplines, philosophies, and approaches depending on who you work with.

  • Occupational​ ​Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy: You may be seen for a large variety of medical conditions, both functional and therapeutic activities can be involved, on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
  • Vestibular​ ​Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy: VRT is related to the inner ear, symptoms include dizziness and vertigo, or even nausea. The therapy aims to alleviate primary and secondary issues brought about by vestibular disorders.
  • Cognitive​ ​Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy: CRT is about relearning cognitive skills (awareness, process, strategy, and functionality) that’ve been dampened or lost as a result of injury or trauma. When old skills aren’t recoverable, new ones are adapted and learned.
  • Chronic​ ​Pain​ ​Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy: Typically focused on reconditioning, building, or strengthening psychological pain coping strategies, and to restore the maximum amount of comfort and quality of living.
  • Music​ ​Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy: When we’re talking about the spine and neurological disorders (stroke, brain injuries, etc.), there’s been serious and widespread results when combining music rehabilitation with physical therapy.

What​ ​Health​ ​Conditions​ ​Does Rehabilitation Therapy​ ​​Treat?

Physical therapy and rehabilitation, whether on an inpatient/outpatient basis or as part of an assisted living program, can treat a huge list of medical issues. Far too many to list here. Basically any condition which limits your ability to live your life the way you want to, or that disrupts it through pain and discomfort. For our specific clinics, feel free to browse our Conditions page to get a better idea of where we focus our resources for Alaskans.

Is​ ​It​ ​Safe?

Yes, both rehabilitation and occupational therapy rehabilitation are widely used and considered safe. That doesn’t mean nothing ever goes wrong, and a small percentage of the population of patients in Alaska don’t experience uncomfortable side effects. It’s best to do your homework, get care from great providers, and ask as many questions as it takes until you either feel comfortable or reach a point where you decide to take another route to healing and recovery.

Is​ ​It​ ​Effective?

Consider sports therapy and rehabilitation, how many amateur and professional athletes successfully get back into the game? How many car accident victims, or stroke victims with a disability get back to work? How many moms get back to playing with their children? No one can say anything is 100% effective, but there are millions upon millions of people who benefit from these therapies around the world every single day.

What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Rehabilitation/Occupational​ ​Therapist?​

There are an assortment of definitions, but in a general sense these specialists help people recover from or deal with a range of physical conditions through various forms of physical exercise. At Better Health Alaska, we incorporate elements of massage therapy and chiropractic care, and collaborate with other providers if needed to design a truly personalized treatment plan.

How​ ​do​ ​Rehabilitation/Occupational​ ​Therapists​ ​Diagnose?

Through x-rays, very careful examinations and physical assessments, your past medical history, lifestyle information, and much more. It’s a complex subject. Have you ever asked a doctor how they diagnose things? Consider all the years of schooling and the ongoing training involved in these professions as a matter of law and practice. After 20 years in Alaska, well, we’ve seen pretty much everything. And when conditions are outside our scope, we help folks find the specialists and care they need to get better, or even collaborate with these providers as a team.

What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Scope​ ​of​ ​Rehabilitation/Occupational​ ​Therapists’​ ​Practice?

On the one hand, Better Health Alaska therapists can help address your current issues and offer treatments for a large variety of conditions. On the other, they can provide prevention skills, insight, and recommendations on how to avoid workplace injuries and design overall injury-prevention programs for anyone from athletes to school teachers.

  • ✓ Increased muscle strength

  • ✓ Reduced chance of re-injury

  • ✓ Slower development of arthritis

  • ✓ Increased flexibility

  • ✓ Pain relief

  • ✓ Better overall function

Occupational​ ​Therapy​ ​Rehabilitation​ Frame​ ​of​ ​Reference

This is rather confusing terminology, but a wonderful subject nonetheless. From adaptive devices and work area simplification/ergonomics, to prosthetic training, safety education, and adaptive exercises, it’s about regaining independence, getting motivated, and understanding how to adapt to your environment as a result of losing skills or needing to learn new ones.

How​ ​Can​ ​I​ ​Schedule​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Rehabilitation​ ​Therapy​ ​Appointment?

So glad you asked! Our chiropractic care, massage therapy, and rehabilitation therapy centers are easy and conveniently placed around Alaska. Below we’ll break down how to get started with us into three simple options: