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The following project was created for advocacy and education of occupational therapy's role in chronic pain management. This project focuses on occupational therapist's ability to utilize non-pharmaceutical interventions to manage chronic pain symptoms. The capstone outlines fitness-based exercises, aquatic therapy, ergonomics, adaptive equipment, and adaptive strategies by supporting their efficacy in recent literature. Occupational therapists possess invaluable skills that can impact the chronic pain community for the better. They can aid in the reduction of pain while increasing overall quality of life and independence. Occupational therapists are a much needed resource in chronic pain management.

Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2020

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Exercise Therapy, Ergonomics


Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Spring 2020 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 23, 2020.


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  2. Domenichiello , A. F., & Ramsden, C. E. (2019). The silent epidemic of chronic pain in older adults. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 93, 284 290.
  3. Hill, W. (2016). The role of occupational therapy in pain management. Anesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, 17(9), 451-453.

A Non-Pharmaceutical Approach to Chronic Pain: An OT’s Perspective