Occupational Therapy

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation for the upper quadrant (hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder).  Practitioners at Exeter Hospital are occupational therapists, many of whom have pursued their certification in hand therapy (CHT).  We use specialized skills in assessment, splinting and treatment to promote restoration of function after injury, surgery or illness.  We work closely with Dr. Jessica Peelman, Core Orthopedics hand surgeon, and rheumatologist.  We provide a full scope of therapy services for diagnosis including, but not limited to; fractures, tendon injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tendonitis, soft tissue injury and wound care and Dupytrens disease.

Occupational therapy specialties:

Graston® Techniques

Graston® is a trademarked soft tissue technique using stainless steel tools of particular shape to detect and resolve adhesions in the muscles and tendons.  This is one of several soft tissue techniques employed by rehabilitation providers.

An Advanced Method to Decrease Pain and Improve Function

 


Myofascial Release Techniques

Myofascial Release is a soft tissue technique involving gentle sustained pressure and stretch to reduce the restrictions and shortening of fascial connective tissue to reduce pain and restore mobility.  The therapists at Exeter Hospital typically perform myofascial release along with other soft tissue techniques to provide relief from a variety of symptoms.  

 


Occupational Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation for complex injuries to the upper quadrant (hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder). Practitioners at Exeter Hospital are occupational therapists, many of whom have pursued their certification in hand therapy (CHT). We use specialized skills in assessment, splinting (custom and dynamic) and treatment to promote restoration of function after injury, surgery or illness. We work closely with Dr. Jessica Peelman, Core Orthopedics hand surgeon, and rheumatologists. We provide a full scope of therapy services for diagnosis including, but not limited to; fractures, tendon injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tendonitis, soft tissue injury and wound care and Dupuytrens disease

 


Sports Physical and Occupational Therapy

 


Biomechanical Assessment

Physical and Occupational Therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who help patients improve or restore mobility, reduce pain, and often help a patient to avoid surgery or recover from surgery. Therapists' education includes an extensive background in the sciences, focusing on physics, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology. With this background, physical therapists examine the body as a whole rather than just individual body parts to determine the biomechanics which caused the current injury. This helps the patient not only feel better but also prevents re-injury (Practice Areas)

At the Athletic Performance Center of Exeter Hospital, the strength and conditioning specialists, athletic trainers, and corrective exercise specialists continue to work with a patient after injury recovery.