It’ll be ok, right? Ideas for the serial worrier.

It'll be ok, right? Ideas for the serial worrier. Written by Annabelle Taylor(Occupational Therapist).21st July, 2020.There are so many times in our lives where we feel panicked and overwhelmed. It’s hard to feel balanced when life ‘gets on top of us’. With each small, but life-altering crisis we can pause and question - is this anxiety fitting with the initial reason? Am I ok, right now? Unfortunately anxiety can become a serious health problem once it becomes a habit, something that is part of our everyday. The root…

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How yoga can complement your OT sessions.

How yoga can complement your OT sessions. Written by Caitlan Plowright(Occupational Therapist).8th July, 2020. What is yoga? The foundation of yoga lies in Patanjali’s eight limbs or stages of yoga; which offers strategies or tools to help you achieve a more meaningful life, something we aim for with our occupational therapy goals, almost always. They are as follows; Yama: your ethical standards, your sense of integrity and how you conduct yourself through life. Niyama: self-discipline and personal observances. Asana: taking care of your body (the body postures practiced…

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Virtual Body in the management of ongoing/persistent pain otherwise known as Graded Motor Imagery GMI

Virtual Body in the management of ongoing/persistent pain otherwise known as Graded Motor Imagery GMI Written by Jacqui Self(Senior Occupational Therapist).6th July, 2020.If you have developed an aversion to certain everyday activities due to ongoing pain e.g. bending down, picking up a child, walking or sitting for long periods it is most likely due to the fact that the brain has retained the information previously experienced in the acute phase of the injury and remembers these activities as being “dangerous” and remains in a hyper protective state. The…

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Covid-19 Routine

COVID-19 Routine Jacintha Bell(Principal Occupational Therapist).11th May, 2020.https://lifeworksot.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Covid19_routine.mp4#t=-4Jacintha provides some hints and tips about establishing a new routine. | Quick Links Book Appointment Refer a client Contact us Other topics:It’ll be ok, right? Ideas for the serial worrier.How yoga can complement your OT sessions.Virtual Body in the management of ongoing/persistent pain otherwise known as Graded Motor Imagery GMI.Why is routine helpful in chronic pain management?NDIS OT Functional Assessment – What Does This Involve?Being mindful in the face of uncertainty.The Covid-19 Pandemic: What Lifeworks OT is doing to protect…

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Why is routine helpful in chronic pain management?

Why is routine helpful in chronic pain management? Written by Jacqui Self(Senior Occupational Therapist).15th April, 2020.The current pandemic crisis has highlighted to all of us the importance of maintaining or adapting life’s routines, and the messages we are receiving from all fronts to maintain our overall health and wellbeing is to ensure we have a“ROUTINE” that includes regular sleep patterns, regular meal times, regular exercise and strict work hours (when working from home) and not forgetting the importance of social contact via the many technology platforms we have available to us.Routines provide an…

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NDIS OT Functional Assessment – What Does This Involve?

NDIS OT Functional Assessment – What Does This Involve? Written by Elyse Graham(Senior Occupational Therapist).31st March, 2020.If you have been accepted into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and/or have recently been provided with a new NDIS plan, chances are it may include funding for an “Occupational Therapy Functional Assessment”. So, what does this involve?Essentially, an OT functional assessment focuses on what your goals/hopes are for your future then seeks to identify how you are managing day to day at present and what challenges/gaps need to be addressed in order for you…

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Being mindful in the face of uncertainty

Being mindful in the face of uncertainty. Written by Heidi Perera(Senior Occupational Therapist).18th February, 2020.In the face of uncertainty, all we have is the present.Mindfulness is something that most of us have probably heard about by now. It has become more mainstream over recent years, but it’s actually an ancient Buddhist tradition which dates back thousands of years (it doesn’t conflict with any religious beliefs or traditions youmay currently hold).Put simply, mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (Jon-Kabat Zinn,…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic: What Lifeworks OT is doing to protect you.

The Covid-19 Pandemic: What Lifeworks OT is doing to protect you. These are uncertain times with the current Corona virus infection. No one really knows how it will all unfold yet. While we are not panicking, it is sensible for us to take some action to protect all our clients and staff. At Lifeworks Occupational Therapy we care very much about our clients and staff and we would like to reassure you that we are doing our best to keep surfaces and our hands clean and will maintain…

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Occupational Therapy and Virtual Reality

Occupational Therapy and Virtual Reality Written by Ian Cheok (Occupational Therapist).18th February, 2020. While it can be challenging to see the trials and tribulations of people with complex chronic health issues, hearing their pain recovery stories can be very rewarding. The patient’s road to recovery is often long and arduous, as most people have to juggle appointments, managethe uncertainties of treatment outcomes, and endure the symptoms of their conditions. This leaves little room for personal expression and growth. As occupational therapists, we see health as not just the absence of illness…

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Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Care

Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Care Written by by Ian Cheok (Occupational Therapist).18th February, 2020. If you suffer from persistent pain, you are enduring more than your fair share of obstacles. In addition to continual discomfort, they may also confront a lot of frustration.  Persistent pain takes a major toll on your ability to do the things that are important to you daily, such as cooking a meal, having a shower, looking after your family, going to work and going out with your friends. Left unaddressed, it can…

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