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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy (OT) department at St. Mary Medical Center consists of occupational therapists (OTR/L) and certified occupational therapist assistants (COTA’s) who specialize in maximizing the daily function of individuals whose life has been affected by injury, illness, or disease process.

Occupational therapy maximizes abilities of everyday life    

Occupational therapists assess areas of cognition, the upper extremity (for strength, range of motion, coordination, and sensation), transfers, sitting balance, safety, homemaking skills, bathroom and self-care equipment needs, and activities of daily living (ADL’s).

Occupational therapists provide skilled treatment to patients with physical and cognitive disabilities that are designed to increase a patient’s ability to be more independent in his or her daily life. Occupational therapists do this by helping patients identify, explore, adapt, relearn or modify skills in areas such as self care, homemaking, work or leisure. Treatment is focused on increasing independence and efficiency in activities of daily living (i.e. self-care), recovering upper extremity function and control, and on improving cognitive processes 

Advances in Neurologic Treatments

Our Occupational Therapists have trained in neurodevelopmental techniques and are Certified Brain injury Specialists. They incorporate assistive devices to help patients improve upper extremity (arm and hand) mobility, strength, and function as they recover from a stroke, traumatic injury, or neurologic disorder.

Rehabilitation is an important part of recovery for many stroke survivors.  The rehabilitative care provided by St. Mary Medical Center is highly personalized to meet the individual needs and functional abilities of each patient.  The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help patients regain function and strength, as well as their ability to perform activities of daily living.



SaeboFlex is a rehabilitation device that positions the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation for functional activities.  The brace attaches to the stroke survivor's forearm, hand, and fingers and supports the weakened wrist, hand, and fingers.  The mechanical device has no motor or electrical parts.

The SaeboFlex allows neurologically impaired individuals the ability to incorporate their hand functionally in therapy.  The user is able to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers.  The extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object.

Even individuals who have had a stroke many years ago have shown improvement with SaeboFlex therapy.  In addition, the ability to use the hand has been reported as extremely motivating during the recovery process.


The SaeboReach not only incorporates the affected wrist and hand, but also the elbow. The orthosis consists of the SaeboFlex and an above-elbow component. The SaeboReach is ideal for neurologically impaired individuals that have hand and elbow involvement.

The custom fabricated above-elbow cuff, as well as the dynamic elbow extension system, allows patients to incorporate their elbow for functional reach during grasp-and-release activities. The SaeboReach orthosis, along with repetitive task-oriented activities, is a highly effective strategy for maximizing arm and hand recovery


BioNess H200

The BioNess H200 is an orthodic device that surrounds the patient's hand and forearm for proper positioning.  Five surface electrodes stimulate and activate the hand.  Therapeutic treatment regiments are programmed into a microprocessor that activates the paralyzed hand and provides the patient with control over the desired function.

The BioNess H200 promotes the grasping and releasing of objects, enhancing the patient's ability to perform activities of daily life.  Clinical studies support the effectiveness of this unit in facilitating the return of functioning for patients recovering from a stroke or brain injury, including patients whose injuries occurred years ago.

for People Living with Parkinson's

LSVT BIG is conducted by a Certified LSVT Occupational Therapist to improve functional movements in individuals living with Parkinson's disease or other neurological conditions that present with:

  • Small steps or shuffling when walk
  • Balance problems
  • Stiffness in trunk and hips
  • Decreased dexterity
  • Require extra time for everyday activities 

New Holistic Center Class - Tai Chi for Parkinson's Patients

In response to the growing research that promotes Tai Chi as an aid in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, the St. Mary Holistic Center is excited to offere a new class spefically for Parkinson's patients.

Go here to find out more.

Fill out the Physician Clearence form.


The contact number to schedule an outpatient occupational therapy appointment: 215-710-2589 or 215-710-2223.

Services are offered Monday through Friday.

Please email with questions regarding the Occupational Therapy program and services.