Occupational therapy is a health care profession that enables you to perform the activities you consider important in your daily life.
Occupational therapy is a health care profession that provides solutions to problems that interfere with a person’s ability to organize and perform activities that they consider important. Occupational therapists help clients work on their functional abilities so that they can be independent and autonomous in activities that have been affected by an injury, condition, or other causes.
This holistic practice promotes well-being and physical and mental health by emphasizing the use of activity in all its forms. The therapist focuses on the individual as well as their environment and occupations to optimize the abilities needed to perform daily, domestic, leisure and work activities. The client’s participation is encouraged and optimized so that they engage independently in the activities they consider meaningful.
What happens during an appointment?
During the first meeting, the occupational therapist evaluates the impact of physical and mental health problems on body functions and the ability to perform activities. The physical and human environment, the characteristics of the activities performed, the personal routines and the degree of autonomy of the person are all elements that are evaluated by the therapist. By analyzing the interaction between these elements, the occupational therapist focuses their intervention and treatment plan on the person, their environments and activities.
The occupational therapy professional, in collaboration with the client, plans, implements and supervises activity programs with the goal of promoting optimal independence.
Who is this service for?Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, from children to seniors. They also work with people with physical or mental health problems or in prevention.
What is a workplace assessment?Did you know that occupational therapy can help prevent musculoskeletal pain related to poor posture at work? The adjustment of the workstation is done according to the activities performed, postural hygiene and the targeted objectives. With office work (sedentary lifestyle) and especially the rise of telecommuting, proper positioning at work can prevent injuries or improve the pain that already affects us. The workstation assessment is just one example of what occupational therapists can do in the workplace. For more information, consult your therapist.
Did you know that activity is at the heart of occupational therapy, as an area of expertise and as a privileged therapeutic means?
Occupational therapists can intervene with workers in the event of injuries in the workplace (CNESST) or following a car accident (SAAQ). In the workplace, the occupational therapist can help promote physical health and well-being while offering ways to prevent injuries to workers.
The occupational therapist also collaborates with other health professionals in an interdisciplinary approach.
Justina AndersonOccupational Therapist
Justina is very passionate about helping people regain independence in their daily activities, work, and leisure activities that have been affected by an injury or illness. She believes in treating clients in a holistic and client-centered manner and applies these approaches in practice. During her studies at McGill, Justina completed her clinical placements in home care (CLSC), out-patient and in-patient orthopedic rehab, in-patient psychiatry, and private return-to-work rehab for musculoskeletal injuries (CNESST & SAAQ). With Justina, clients will find an empathetic therapist who will provide them the tools and skills to regain independence in their meaningful activities.
An activity that is meaningful to Justina is singing in choirs, and she has been doing so since a young age within her schools and church. Though technically a soprano, Justina likes to challenge herself by sometimes singing alto. She finds that singing improves her mental, spiritual and even physical well-being!