Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy: The Mind-Body Connection

Ari Ginsberg, PT, DPT, MSIOP

My name is Ari Ginsberg, and I am a licensed NY/NJ physical therapist who graduated with my DPT in 2010. Graduate school was a fantastic learning experience filled with many relevant subjects including, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, neuro rehab, orthopedics, and many more. While great emphasis was place on the biomechanics of the body, very little focus was placed on the role of the mind in rehab. Although I am not an occupational therapist, I have heard a similar sentiments from occupational therapists.

As a practicing home health physical therapist it became apparent to me that the mind is equally important to rehab as the body. Patients that were motivated and had a positive outlook were more likely to recover than those who were unmotivated and depressed. It is therefore imperative for physical and occupational therapists to incorporate psychology based strategies and techniques to help our patients achieve their goals.

  • Bedside Manner

Bedside manner is the foundation of being a successful physical or occupational therapist. We should approach it as we would anatomy or any other body related subject, as a science. As such, the psychology of bedside manner should be explored and developed. In doing so, we are truly expanding our knowledge base and our treatment toolbox to optimize patient care. Check out the CEU webinar The Science of Bedside Manner for details on how to incorporate research and social psychology to improve our bedside manner skills.

  • Burnout

As a young physical therapist I was not expecting to feel burnt out in my career. Burnout has become a pervasive issue in both physical therapy and occupational therapy. The research demonstrates that therapists who are burnt out feel less empathy toward their patients, which results in compromised care. Therapists would benefit from techniques and strategies to decrease stress as it is critical to being an effective clinician. Once again, the power of the mind is and essential aspect of physical and occupational therapy

  • Leadership

Leadership is being stressed by the APTA and AOTA as a valuable quality for clinicians. Leadership pertains to how we interact with patients, colleagues, and employees. Leadership skills are inherently tied to communication, as communication is the key to facilitating results. A great communicator understands the communication style of their recipient and adjusts accordingly. Psychology is the tool to personality assessment and being an exceptional communicator.

  • Other Areas

Pain management is another area critical to the field of physical and occupational therapy. The biopsychosocial model suggests a link between the mind and body to pain tolerance. Therapists should have a basic understanding of how to use psychology to reduce patients’ pain. Using guided imagery and mindfulness with patients is just one example of how to utilize the mind to overcome pain.

  • Conclusion

It’s time for physical therapists and occupational therapists to integrate psychology into practice. We at Psychology for the Body offer continuing education courses on the psychology topics that weren’t covered in graduate school. We hope to improve your patient outcomes with the knowledge gained from our webinars. Looking forward to your participation.

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Let's Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs

A 2.5 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the
AOTA – # 02517 
NY Board of Physical Therapy
Approved by the NJ Board of PT # 2016 – 85
Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2571

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NJ, NY)

Objectives to facilitate clinician ethical practice

1. Define ethics and the Code of Ethics of the APTA/AOTA to practice in an ethical manner

2. Analyze the boundaries of ethical priniciples for PTs/OTs to solve ethical dilemmas

3. Apply APTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

4. Apply AOTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Optimizing the Patient Experience

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the
AOTA – #02034
NY Board of Physical Therapy
Approved for live credits by the NJ Board of PT # 2103 – 19

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

1) Identify the components of bedside manner/ patient satisfaction and their link to healthcare outcomes

2) Apply strategies using social psychology to optimize the patient experience

3) Implement an organizational approach to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing the on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Improving Patient Adherence to Home Exercise Programs

 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the
AOTA – #02036
NY Board of Physical Therapy
Approved for live credits by the NJ Board of PT # 2010 – 009

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Identify the benefits of home exercise programs

2) Define differing theories of motivation/influence

3) Apply social psychology to HEP prescription/plan

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The Science of Bedside Manner and Patient Satisfaction

A 2 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the
AOTA – #02037
NY Board of Physical Therapy
Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2565
Approved for live credits by the NJ Board of PT # 2009 – 009

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NJ, NY)

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Develop and improve empathy skills

2. Identify the link between bedside manner/patient satisfaction and health outcomes

3. Measure patient satisfaction in a valid/reliable manner

4. Apply social psychology techniques to improve patient satisfaction

5) Integrate organizational strategies to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Effective Leadership and Communication in Rehab

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the
AOTA – #02299
NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Define leadership and various leadership styles

2. Identify successful leadership styles in healthcare/rehab

3. Implement effective leadership communication strategies in rehab

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The New World of Rehab: Addressing Burnout

A 1-hour webinar approved for CEUs by the
AOTA – #02035
NY Board of Physical Therapy
The NJ Board of PT (Live) #2103 -20

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition by another state board of PT (NY)

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Identify the causes of rehab burnout

2. Recognize the signs of rehab burnout

3. Apply strategies to prevent/reduce rehab burnout

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After on-demand purchase you will be redirected to a webpage with the video link/posttest link. A CEU certificate will be emailed following post-test completion