Occupational Therapy for Arthritis

We provide occupational therapy online for people with arthritis. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with arthritis?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with arthritis in several ways:

1. Pain Management:

Occupational therapists can provide strategies and techniques to manage pain associated with arthritis, such as teaching joint protection techniques, energy conservation techniques, and recommending assistive devices that reduce stress on the joints.

2. Activity Modification:

Occupational therapists can assess an individual’s daily activities and offer modifications or adaptations to minimize strain on the affected joints. They can suggest changes in ergonomics, workstations, and provide advice on how to avoid repetitive or excessive movements.

3. Joint Protection:

Occupational therapists can teach individuals with arthritis efficient ways to perform activities while protecting their joints. They may provide education on proper body mechanics, adaptive equipment, and techniques to reduce stress on joints during daily tasks.

4. Range of Motion Exercises:

Occupational therapists can guide individuals through specific exercises and stretches to improve joint range of motion. These exercises can help reduce stiffness, maintain flexibility, and improve overall functional abilities.

5. Assistive Device Recommendations:

Occupational therapists can assess an individual’s needs and recommend appropriate assistive devices such as splints, braces, or adaptive equipment to help with activities of daily living, mobility, or joint support.

6. Home Modifications:

Occupational therapists can assess an individual’s home environment and make recommendations for modifications based on their specific needs. This may include changes to facilitate accessibility, reduce fall risks, or improve overall safety and independence.

7. Education and Self-Management:

Occupational therapists provide education on arthritis, its effects, and self-management techniques. They can help individuals learn about pacing activities, setting goals, managing fatigue, and practicing self-care strategies to improve quality of life and independence.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance an individual’s ability to participate in everyday activities, maximize function, and improve their overall quality of life despite the challenges of arthritis.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with arthritis. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for arthritis

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with arthritis in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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