Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. It is a merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity.
Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations.
Hand therapists are Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist who, through further education, clinical experience and independent study has extensive knowledge and has become proficient in the treatment of hand and upper extremity conditions resulting from injury, disease or deformity.
Paula Minchin is an Occupational Therapist from Tallaght University Hospital and has worked with people in the Rheumatology and Orthopaedic service over the past 13 years. She has an interest in hand therapy and has become an Accredited Hand Therapist under the guidance of the British Association of Hand Therapy.
Paula presented last weekend at the Under 50 and Living with Arthritis National Conference with the Arthritis Kildare branch. She talked about outsmarting your Arthritis in meal preparation and gave advice and information on ways to self-manage your symptoms in this daily task. She demonstrated techniques and equipment that help to maximise your independence and efficiency in the kitchen. There’s an ever-growing field of application here, as the amount of time people are now spending on phones, tablets and computers etc. is increasing annually.
We are delighted to see this service available to our clients who have trouble carrying out everyday tasks. Our kettle is a kitchen aid for people who have trouble with strength, mobility and dexterity, and it restores independence in the kitchen for our customers.
Our founder and inventor suffered with arthritis in his hands. We know how much this service would have meant to him and were delighted to see therapists focusing on hand therapy.
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