What are the benefits of occupational and recreational therapy for chronic pain syndrome (CPS)?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Occupational therapy (OT) is very important for initiating gentle, active measurements and preliminary desensitization techniques among patients who have chronic pain, especially regional chronic pain syndrome.

Recreational therapy can help the patient with chronic pain to take part in pleasurable activities that help to decrease pain. The patient finds enjoyment and socialization in previously lost recreational activities or in new ones. Usually, patients with chronic pain are depressed because of intense pain. Recreational therapists may play an important role in the treatment process as they help enable the patient to become active.


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