Occupational Therapy for Fibromyalgia

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with fibromyalgia. 

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 fibromyalgia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with fibromyalgia in several ways:

1. Increased Functioning: Occupational therapists assess the individual’s functional abilities and work with them to improve their daily living skills. This includes activities like self-care, home management, and work-related tasks. By finding strategies and adaptations to perform these tasks more comfortably, individuals can improve their overall functioning.

2. Pain Management Techniques: Occupational therapists can teach pain management techniques such as relaxation techniques, energy conservation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices. These techniques can help individuals manage their pain, reduce stress, and improve their overall well-being.

3. Activity Pacing: One of the key symptoms of fibromyalgia is chronic fatigue. Through activity pacing, occupational therapists can help individuals learn to balance their activities and avoid overexertion. They can provide guidance on planning regular breaks, conserving energy, and setting realistic goals to prevent exacerbation of symptoms.

4. Sleep Improvement Strategies: Many individuals with fibromyalgia struggle with sleep disturbances. Occupational therapists can provide strategies to improve sleep hygiene, develop a bedtime routine, and provide recommendations for adapting the environment to promote better sleep.

5. Assistive Devices and Equipment: Occupational therapists can evaluate an individual’s needs for assistive devices or adaptive equipment to help them with their daily activities. This may include recommending ergonomic workplace modifications, suggesting assistive devices for self-care activities, or providing strategies for using adaptive equipment to reduce strain on the body.

6. Coping Skills and Emotional Support: Occupational therapists can address the emotional and psychological aspects of fibromyalgia by providing coping strategies, mindfulness techniques, and stress management techniques. They can also connect individuals with support groups and resources to enhance their emotional well-being.

Overall, occupational therapy can help individuals with fibromyalgia manage their symptoms, improve their quality of life, optimize their functional abilities, and promote independence in daily activities.

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 fibromyalgia. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for fibromyalgia

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 fibromyalgia 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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