Occupational Therapy for Muscular Dystrophy

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

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 muscular dystrophy?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with muscular dystrophy in several ways:

1. Improve independence: Occupational therapists focus on activities of daily living (ADLs), such as grooming, dressing, bathing, and eating. They help individuals with muscular dystrophy develop strategies and use adaptive devices to carry out these activities independently, enhancing their quality of life.

2. Enhance functional abilities: Occupational therapists assess an individual’s physical and cognitive abilities and create customized treatment plans to maximize their functional capacity. They teach energy conservation techniques and recommend assistive devices such as braces, mobility aids, or home modifications to improve overall function.

3. Provide pain management: Muscular dystrophy often leads to muscle weakness and pain. Occupational therapists use various techniques, such as heat or cold therapy, splinting, positioning, or massage, to alleviate pain symptoms and improve comfort.

4. Address fine motor skills: Muscular dystrophy can affect hand and arm strength, coordination, and dexterity. Occupational therapists employ therapeutic activities to improve fine motor skills, including writing, using utensils, or manipulating small objects. They may recommend adaptive tools or devices to compensate for limited hand function.

5. Assist with adaptive equipment: Occupational therapists help individuals with muscular dystrophy in selecting and utilizing adaptive equipment. This can include wheelchairs, orthotics, communication devices, or environmental control systems, ensuring they have the necessary tools to maintain independence and engage in activities.

6. Provide emotional support: Occupational therapists address not only physical limitations but also emotional and psychosocial challenges that individuals with muscular dystrophy may face. They help individuals cope with the emotional impact of the condition, develop coping strategies, and promote mental well-being.

7. Educate and train caregivers: Occupational therapists provide education and training to caregivers on proper techniques for assisting individuals with muscular dystrophy. This can include safe transferring, positioning, preventing contractures, and managing activities while optimizing the person’s participation and independence.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to maximize an individual’s independence, promote overall functioning, and improve their quality of life by addressing the specific challenges associated with muscular dystrophy.

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 muscular dystrophy. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for muscular dystrophy

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. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with muscular dystrophy 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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