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Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT

Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT
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Brittany is an occupational therapist specializing in mental health, disease prevention, and complementary and alternative modalities (CAMs). She is a certified trauma practitioner and certified light therapist, and has served as lead therapist at a state psychiatric hospital developing a dual program including psychoeducational therapy and physical rehab. She is guest lecturing in Occupational Therapy Master's programs in the area of effective documentation. She is currently a utilization reviewer for sub-acute and acute rehab for Fidelis Care in Buffalo, NY.
5 Types of Arthritis and How To Manage Each One
“It’s my arthritis. It makes me hurt all over!” Remember hearing your grandparents, or someone of that generation complains about arthritis aches? They may have said, “this is what happens when you get older,” or “getting old is not for sissies!” Most people are unaware that there are several different types of arthritis. Each type of arthritis has different symptoms and...
Top 5 Joint Protection Strategies For Arthritis
Joint protection is a type of training for anyone with arthritis and other conditions which cause painful and swollen joints. Those with arthritis should be trained on joint protection strategies to lessen the pressure and burden on painful and weak joints. While joint protection does not entail placing yourself in a cocoon of bubble wrap, it is not a...
Top 4 Untraditional Treatments For Chronic Pain
When someone hears the term chronic pain, they often immediately think of pain medication. Prescription pain medications, also known as opiates, are one of the most controversial healthcare topics affecting society. Large amounts of opiates are prescribed each year, leaving society with little to no answers regarding how to avoid addiction. Now more than ever, individuals need effective treatments...
The Top 5 Treatments For Hand-Related Diagnoses
You don't realize how integral your hands are until they are injured. Pain and inflammation associated with injuries and overuse of the hand have the potential to bring your day to a grinding halt. With this in mind, occupational and physical therapists use a variety of hand treatments to reduce pain, inflammation, and sensation changes. They also promote appropriate...
Signs of Physical and Emotional Trauma (and How To Address Them)
We all know the toll traumatic, catastrophic events have on life. Trauma also comes in the form of recurring and persistent experiences. This includes living in areas with high crime, chronic illness, homelessness, bullying, neglect, abuse, and more. Because trauma has many forms and looks different in each person, it is hard to describe a specific presentation. Some people come...
Patient Rehabilitation Apps For PT, OT, and Beyond
With so many new advances in healthcare, both high and low-tech, it can be difficult to know what is best for your life. After an injury or surgery, a person’s stress levels are often at an all-time high. This makes it increasingly more difficult to remember things, make decisions, and remain educated. Apps, in particular, are growing in numbers,...
The Pros and Cons of Acupressure Mats
With many individuals seeking alternative methods for pain relief, tools such as acupressure mats are increasing in popularity. As with all things healthcare, there are many pain relief options to consider. This makes it difficult to know which products and treatments are most beneficial. As an occupational therapist, I’ll highlight what you need to know about acupressure mats, including...
Therapist: "Hello, my name is Brittany. I received an order from your doctor for occupational therapy. Is now a good time to meet for your evaluation? Patient: "Occupational therapy? I don't need any of that. I'm retired, so I'm not looking for a job!" As an occupational therapist, this is one of the many age-old responses I am used to hearing....
Natural Pain Relief - My Personal Quest (Including What I Discovered)
As a student, I was a sponge for learning! I took in any and all information about medical conditions and treatment methods in the process of becoming an occupational therapist. A few years later, I was diagnosed with a chronic condition and adopted a similar outlook. Coping with my diagnosis of endometriosis was tolerable. However, the long-term reliance upon prescription...
4 Habits To Avoid For a Healthy Mind-Body Union
The association between mind and body can be seen all around us. If you are a professional sports player, you must have an intense mental focus in order to complete the physical actions required of you. If you are having a bad day, with increased stress, your concentration is broken and you have difficulty performing physically. These are basic...