What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a health care profession centered upon assisting individuals to do everyday activities and roles that are important to them. An Occupational Therapist (OT) is trained in assessing the physical, cognitive, emotional and environmental barriers which may be impacting your ability to complete daily tasks or ‘occupations’. The term occupation refers to activities that we do in the course of everyday life. These differ depending on one’s situation, stage of life and roles. Occupation can include self-care (e.g. showering, dressing), productivity (e.g. work, study, child care, volunteering) and leisure (e.g. going out for dinner, attending a GAA/rugby game, going for walks).

How can Occupational Therapy help you?

At Evidence-based Therapy Center our Occupational Therapist, Pauline Robinson, can help to identify factors that are limiting your ability to engage in functional activities that are important to you. She will complete a thorough assessment based upon your concerns, will collaborate with you to ascertain your goals and will outline treatment options.

Examples of treatment provided include:

  • Support in integrating movement and exercise into your life; either as part of a structured rehabilitation plan or to support increased function at home, at work or in your community.
  • Pain management services for those living with ongoing pain. You can read more about chronic pain here
  • Assessment and treatment for those with neurological disorders such as brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis
  • Assessment and support to aid a successful return to work after illness, disability or injury
  • Maximise of your recovery post-concussion, including implementing a return to study or return to work protocol.
  • Education and advice on how to plan and pace activities throughout your day to optimise recovery from injury or to improve function when living with a chronic condition
  • Assistance with problem solving and implementing coping strategies when you are feeling overwhelmed, distressed or anxious
  • Provision of cognitive strategies to compensate for memory difficulty, decreased attention or other cognitive concerns that are affecting your satisfaction with daily activities at home or at work
  • Providing support when you are having difficulty making the lifestyle changes you wish to make to aid your long term health, wellness or recovery
  • Advice on how to improve sleep; sleep affects our mood, ability to cope with life stressors and overall function


If you have a condition or concern that you think might be helped by Occupational Therapy, please phone us at 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page. We are available to chat to you over the phone or respond to your query via email if you prefer.

Please note: we are a therapeutic service and therefore do not provide medico-legal reports.