Occupational Therapy in Rheumatology: An holistic approach by Lynne Sandles
By Lynne Sandles
This e-book is written basically for occupational therapists and occupational remedy scholars yet could be of relevance to someone operating with consumers with rheumatoid ailment. it really is was hoping that the textual content will speak the problem confronted via therapists to set up administration programmes acceptable to the pointed out wishes and priorities of the people with whom they paintings, the aptitude to make use of quite a lot of talents and the chance to give a contribution to the certainty of the numerous unanswered questions which stay on the subject of rheumatic ailments. the purpose of this publication is to provide an holistic method of the administration of rheumatoid illness, contemplating first, the ways that rheumatoid affliction can impact a person's existence after which taking a look at the methods and strategies utilized by therapists to lessen those results. This procedure has been selected because it is prime to either the philosophical foundation of occupational remedy and the deal with ment of a prolonged innovative disorder. An holistic method considers the actual, mental, social and religious elements of an individual and the ways that those were effected through an underlying sickness procedure. all the elements are interrelated, illustrating the complexity of creating applicable administration programmes and comparing their effectiveness. the 1st chapters think about the results of rheumatoid ailment on consumers and their households. An holistic strategy identifies the necessity for a range of talents to be to be had to either the therapist and client.
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A reappraisal of potential resources which are deemed frequently to be on the periphery of care may open a wider range of options to clients which are more appropriate in addressing the wide range of needs of the clients. The potential number of people involved in the treatment and support of a client with rheumatoid disease is large, involving hospital and community based services from the statutory and voluntary sectors. The involvement of agencies will depend upon the needs of each client with some requiring relatively few and others needing many.
These are, 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. economic resources, largely influenced by government policy; the abilities and skills of the individual; defensive techniques; social support; motivation. He suggests that 'the adequacy of any individual to cope depends on the effectiveness of cultural preparation and the availability of problem-solving tools necessary to deal with typical problems. What may be an ordinary situation for those with skills or adequate preparation is a crisis for those who lack them'. Many clients will be encountering new situations and problems and may not necessarily have developed ways of dealing with them.
The concept of self-image is central in rheumatology highlighting possible areas of conflict, stress and anxiety. It is an issue which may arise throughout the course of the disease as a clients' selfimage and their functional abilities change. A poor self-image can lead to a person withdrawing from situations which evoke and reinforce feelings of 'standing out in a crowd' or act as a reminder of 'what I used to look like'. Catching a glimpse of a reflection in a shop window can be very distressing, as small mirrors at home do not give a full reflection of outward appearance, posture and gait.