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Occupational Therapy

Manning Regional Healthcare Center is proud to provide a wide variety of therapy services. We offer both inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy services. Occupational therapy provides services for people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, developmental, or psychological impairment, need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

Pediatric Services

Pediatric care typically consists of ensuring that children are meeting developmental milestones and progressing as they should.

  • Fine motor skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Learning basic tasks (brushing teeth, tying shoes, self-feeding)
  • Maintaining positive behaviors in all environments
  • Evaluating for specialized equipment

Beneficial for:
  • Birth injuries or birth defects
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Learning problems
  • Behavior problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Autism / pervasive developmental disorders
  • Cerebral palsy and other chronic illnesses

Adult Services

Occupational therapy services are offered for adults who have difficulties with routine care.

Promote independence and safety with:
  • Activities of daily living (dressing, showering, toileting)
  • Instrumental activities of daily living (meal preparation, shopping)
Diagnose and treat:
  • Work related injuries (shoulder injuries, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel)
  • Pain management

Geriatric Services

The goal of geriatric care is to get elderly people stronger and back home to be able to live independently because 90% of older adults want to stay in their homes as they age. MRHC’s Occupational Therapist has experience working in local nursing homes and brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to geriatric care.

Occupational therapy treatments can help with aging in place by promoting independence and safety. Aging in place means that an individual makes a conscious decision to live in the residence of their choice for as long as they can with the comforts that are important to them. As they age, adding supplementary services to facilitate their living conditions and maintain their quality of life may be necessary. 

Promote aging in place through:
  • Fall prevention
  • Muscle strengthening and balance
  • Home modification: grab bars, lighting, toilet riser
  • Social and emotional health promotion
  • Personal care device management
Provide assistance with:
  • Household chores
  • Money management
  • Health care
  • Getting around (adaptive devices: cane, walker, wheelchair)
  • Cooking, laundry, showering, shopping, and medications
  • Cognition and memory

Lymphedema Specialty services

Lymphedema is a stagnation of lymph fluid yielding a swelling in a portion of the body. If left untreated, the collection of protein-rich fluid provides a culture rich for infection and inflammatory processes. Reduced oxygen transport then decreases healing to compromised tissues and wounds.

Lymphedema is a progressive condition characterized by:
  • Excessive protein in the tissues
  • Excessive fluid in the tissues
  • Chronic inflammatory reactions
  • Excessive deposition of fibrous tissues
Lymphedema Symptoms:
  • Swelling in arms, legs, fingers, or toes
  • Heaviness, tightness, or restricted range of motion
  • Recurring infections
  • Hardening or thickening of skin
Treatment Options at MRHC: 
  • Manual Lymph Drainage
  • Compression bandaging
  • Compression garments
  • Exercise and elevation
  • Education in self management

A doctor’s referral is required to be seen by an occupational therapist. If you or a loved one would benefit from occupational therapy services, contact your primary care provider.


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