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
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
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.