What are the goals of occupational and recreational therapies in patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)?

Updated: May 04, 2018
  • Author: Michael T Andary, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Occupational therapy professionals should be involved early in the rehabilitation program to promote upper body strengthening, ROM, and activities that aid functional self care. Restorative and compensatory strategies can be used to promote functional improvements. Energy conservation techniques and work simplification also may be helpful, especially if the patient demonstrates poor strength and endurance.

Participation in recreational therapy assists in the patient's adjustment to disability and improves integration into the community. Recreational activities, either new or adapted, can be used to promote the growth, development, and independence of a long-term hospital patient.


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