Dose of DeAnn Episode 12: Occupational Therapy
In the latest episode of Dose of DeAnn: A Glimpse Into My Life With SMA, I share my experiences with occupational therapy. Growing up, I hated occupational and physical therapy. It’s a common joke among people with disabilities that P.T. stands for “physical torture.”
However, now that I’m on Spinraza, I definitely see the benefits of these kinds of therapies and exercises. Occupational therapy not only helps me exercise and stretch my upper-body muscles, but it also allows me to evaluate the progress I’ve made since starting Spinraza.
In this video, I provide footage of a recent O.T. appointment, as well as some commentary at the beginning and the end of the video. Here, you all can get an idea of the kind of exercises that my occupational therapist has me do, and how these exercises work to evaluate my upper-body strength and capabilities. A lot of these involve stretching, squeezing small objects and moving my arms as much as I can.
Occupational and physical therapy require time, commitment and determination. However, as someone who avoided any kind of physical therapy for a long time, I’m glad I do it now. If you have SMA, and especially if you are receiving Spinraza, I strongly recommend looking into physical and occupational therapy. It takes some getting used to at first, but I can say from experience that it’s well worth it.
What about you all? What experience do you have with occupational and/or physical therapy? What reservations do you have? Are any of you on Spinraza and doing occupational therapy?
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