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The Best Way to Treat Sensory Integration Issues

Sensory integration issues can manifest in a variety of ways, such as hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to sensory input, difficulty with motor planning, and difficulty with self-regulation. Occupational therapy can be an effective treatment for these issues!

But What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of therapy that helps individuals achieve their goals by working on the skills needed for everyday life. OT goes hand in hand with sensory integration since it’s the process by which the brain receives, processes, and responds to sensory information from the environment. Some individuals may have difficulty with this process, resulting in sensory integration issues.

Here Are Some Ways That Occupational Therapy Can Help with Sensory Integration Issues:

Sensory integration therapy

This type of therapy involves exposing the individual to different types of sensory input in a controlled manner to help the brain better process and respond to sensory information. The therapist may use various techniques such as swinging, brushing, or deep pressure to provide sensory input.

Motor planning activities

Individuals with sensory integration issues may have difficulty with motor planning, or the ability to plan and execute motor movements. Occupational therapists can work on motor planning skills through activities such as obstacle courses, games, and sports.

Self-regulation techniques

Individuals with sensory integration issues may have difficulty regulating their emotions and behavior. Occupational therapists can teach self-regulation techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation to help individuals manage their emotions and behavior.

Environmental modifications

Individuals with sensory integration issues may be sensitive to certain types of environmental stimuli such as noise, light, or texture. Occupational therapists can recommend environmental modifications such as soundproofing, lighting adjustments, and sensory-friendly materials to help individuals better tolerate their environment.

In conclusion, occupational therapy can be an effective treatment for sensory integration issues. At Living Well Balanced, we offer a wide range of fitness and physical health services from caring and experienced professionals. We provide personal training and Chiropractic care to assist our clients in their health and wellness management. You can make an appointment with one of our Occupational Therapists to learn how they can benefit you and or plan for injury recovery or prevention and chronic pain. If you have any questions, you can always give us a call at 212-579-2858 or send an email to info@livingwb.com. Check out our blog for more information about alternative therapies and our wellness products for practicing self-care at home!