Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is an allied healthcare profession that aims to help individuals achieve their utmost potential. Occupational therapy applies a holistic approach to facilitating independence in the performance of meaningful occupations (or activities) by looking at the person, their environment, and the activities that they do. Occupational therapists administer comprehensive and evidenced-based assessments and treatment programs based on personalized goals, with the intention of helping individuals live a more meaningful life.


Karina Jackson is an occupational therapist with more than 5 years of clinical experience, specializing in hand therapy and maternal health, and has a background in psychology. She is also a certified perinatal mental health professional with Postpartum Support International. Through a client-centered approach, Karina is committed to empowering individuals and families to perform the activities they need to, want to, or are expected to do. As an occupational therapist, Karina is dedicated to applying her knowledge and skills to support expecting parents as they navigate the physical and psychosocial facets of perinatal health and wellness.

Our approach

Occupational therapy services seek to empower individuals to engage in meaningful occupations and to maintain functional independence in the perinatal period. Many of these occupations are related to motherhood given that the arrival of a newborn implies the performance of baby-care tasks. This dynamic life change can be daunting! Occupational therapists are well equipped to promote health and wellness through interventions that prevent pain, increase function, and promote meaningful occupations through pregnancy and postpartum, as moms navigate their new role and take on baby-care tasks.

We can help with

  • Hand therapy:
    • Prevention and treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries (fractures, post-surgical repairs, tendon ruptures, carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, tendinitis, etc)
    • Splinting or custom fabricated orthotics
    • Stretching and strengthening programs
    • Ergonomic modifications for parenting tasks such as lifting a newborn
    • Assistive devices and equipment recommendations to facilitate daily tasks and reduce strain on the hands and body.
  • Cesarean section birth preparation and recovery for planned and unplanned C-sections. The information sessions will cover topics such as:
    • How to lift your newborn after a C-section
    • Breastfeeding after a C-section
    • Safe mobility after a C-section
    • Pain, wound, and scar management
    • Pelvic health considerations
    • Questions to ask the birthing team
    • And more…
  • Pelvic health:
    • Bowel and bladder training
    • Managing continence during daily function
    • Sexual health
    • Postural assessment and education
    • Self-care interventions (optimizing sleep, pain/stress management, vulvar care)
    • Psychoeducation (Support for women’s mental health)
    • Nervous system regulation strategies
    • Cognitive behavioural approaches

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