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Work Hardening Programs

A Work Hardening Program (WHP) typically begins with an initial assessment to gather base-line data about an individualís physical abilities. The physical abilities are then compared to the required physical demands of the job to determine program goals & estimated duration of the program.

The individual is put on a graduated WHP schedule. They may start off by attending 3 hours per day, 3 days per week, and progress to 8 hours per day, 5 days per week towards the end of the program.

The individual is engaged in work-simulation activities, conditioning exercises, and cardiovascular exercises designed to improve work specific tolerances.

The WHP is considered active therapy and the participant is expected to work independently, with the therapist playing the role of a motivator and guide.

Use of supportive therapy (to ease any increased pain that may be experienced with increased activity performance) and / or participation in a special biomechanical exercise program (to target specific muscle groups for strengthening) may be performed in conjunction with WHP.

Frequently asked questions about Work Hardening ProgramÖ

How long does a WHP last?

A WHP typically lasts 4 to 8 weeks depending on the needs of the participant.

Will I receive a report about the participantís progress?

A report is completed after the initial assessment outlining finding of the evaluation and goals of the program. After commencement of the WHP has begun, weekly progress report will be provided.

Who supervises the WHP?

A registered occupational therapist and / or occupational therapy assistant will supervise the WHP.

Where does TSR Clinics offer WHP?

WHP services are offered at the following TSR Clinic locations: Waterloo, Mississauga, Toronto, North York, Markham, Oshawa and Peterborough.

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