Ergotherapy The Treatment of disease by physical effort

What does it mean?
Ergotherapy is a field which, with the help of special activities, aims to the development of the personal, social and professional independence of people whose functionality has been limited because of injury, sickness or other causes.
Ergo-therapeutic effects can be:
- clarification of relationship, career and life issues
- overcome fears and blockages in general or in losses or crises
- learn to understand embassies of your body
- stand with both feet on the ground
- be able to breathe freely again & feel the joy of life again
- understand & deal with your addiction(s)
- come in contact with your own creative forces, and use them for yourself
- find contact to your own feelings and strengthen those
- learn to express yourself
- learn to understand your own dreams
- relief and find strategies to deal with physical limitations
- increase your concentration - and memory functions
- & much more….
Ergo- therapy is common in various medical fields, like pediatrics, orthopedics, geriatrics, neurologic- psychiatric, addictions & others. Indications for Ergo- therapy can be mental, psychosomatic, neurological / orthopedic.

For example:

- Mental disorders

- Hyper activity, anxiety disorders, addictions, neuroses, psychosis, borderline, personality disorders, depressions, eating Disorders, mental disabilities, etc.

Field of psychosomatic disorders
Sleep Disorders, oncological diseases, pain syndromes, psycho- vegetative disturbances, contact - and communication disorders, work interference, Burn-Out-Syndromes, headache, migraine, etc.
Range of neurological / orthopedic diseases
Brain disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatic diseases, fractures, joint pain, atrophy, peripheral paralysis, sensory disturbances etc.
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How it works
Ergotherapy in general as well as the ergo- therapeutic based Different Therapy concept involves the use of physical activities, mental exercises and interactional social therapeutic treatment of diseases. In general, Ergo- therapy supports and assists people who are restricted in their ability to act or are being threatened by restrictions. Occupational Ergotherapy is a recognized therapy which is based on medical, social action-oriented and scientific bases.

Occupational Ergotherapy is a holistic health care profession that aims to promote health by enabling individuals to perform meaningful and purposeful activities across the lifespan. Ergotherapy uses treatment to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of clients with a physical, mental or developmental condition.

Occupational Ergotherapy is a client-centered practice in which the client has an integral part in the therapeutic process. This process includes an individualized evaluation during which the client/family and Ergo-therapist determine the individual goals. It is a customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach his/her goals. It´s also an outcome evaluation to monitor progress towards meeting the client’s goals. Occupational Ergotherapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities.

Ergo- therapy is always an Individual therapy. People are different, like their disabilities and handicaps. Occupational Ergotherapy is always tailored according to the needs and aspirations of the client and it also integrates the personal and family situation of people with disabilities. Whether with or without disabilities, anyone can develop their opportunities and discover the fascination of progress in life. Families, Friends and partners can participate in joint activities on an equivalent level.

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Where to study this major in Lebanon?
You may study this major in the following universities: