Complementary Health Approaches for Occupational Therapists

Brittany Ferri, MS, OTRL, CLT
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Complementary Health Approaches for Occupational Therapists provides practitioners and students with foundational knowledge on complementary and integrative health. This guide is a great asset for occupational therapy students at the graduate level and practicing therapists wanting to incorporate these modalities into their treatment or to gain information regarding new trends in practice.

Written by Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, this text enhances one’s occupational therapy education as it pertains to treatment addressing occupational performance. Introductory information is provided on more than 30 complementary and alternative modalities, including acupuncture, aquatic therapy, massage therapy, and tai chi. 

In Complementary Health Approaches for Occupational Therapists, each modality’s chapter includes:
  • Basic guidelines for established complementary and alternative modalities that can be used in practice
  • Literature reviews of the scientific benefits or lack thereof
  • Credentials needed to practice, when applicable
  • Contraindications, precautions, and side effects
  • Practical applications in occupational therapy practice
Instructors in educational settings can visit for additional education material to be used for teaching in the classroom.

New modalities are constantly generating within occupational therapy. Complementary Health Approaches for Occupational Therapists will help differentiate between new modalities while also encouraging therapists to remain true to the roots of their profession in research and best practice.

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Part 1. The History of Medicine
Chapter 1: Definitions
Chapter 2: Complementary Health Approaches and Integrative Health in Practice
Chapter 3: Working With Alternative Health Practitioners

Part 2. Complementary Health Approaches and Integrative Health
Chapter 4: Disclaimers
Chapter 5: Acupressure
Chapter 6: Acupuncture
Chapter 7: Animal-Assisted Therapy
Chapter 8: Aquatic Therapy
Chapter 9: Aromatherapy
Chapter 10: Art Therapy
Chapter 11: Auriculotherapy
Chapter 12: Bach Flower Essences
Chapter 13: Biofeedback
Chapter 14: Chiropractic Manipulation
Chapter 15: Chromotherapy
Chapter 16: Craniosacral Therapy
Chapter 17: Cupping Therapy
Chapter 18: Electromagnetic Therapy
Chapter 19: Emotional Freedom Techniques
Chapter 20: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Chapter 21: Guided Imagery
Chapter 22: Herbalism
Chapter 23: Hypnotherapy
Chapter 24: Iridology
Chapter 25: Light Therapy
Chapter 26: Massage Therapy
Chapter 27: Meditation
Chapter 28: Music Therapy
Chapter 29: Neurolinguistic Programming
Chapter 30: Orthomolecular Nutrition
Chapter 31: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Chapter 32: Qigong
Chapter 33: Reflexology
Chapter 34: Reiki
Chapter 35: Tai Chi
Chapter 36: Yoga
Chapter 37: In Summary
Chapter 38: Resources



About the Editors

Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CPRP is an occupational therapist and founder of Simplicity of Health, LLC, where she offers wellness consulting, health education for children and adults, health writing, and individual client treatments using holistic methods.

She has clinical experience in cognitive rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation, complementary and alternative modalities, and teletherapy. Her nonclinical experiences have included roles such as medical writer, adjunct professor, and project coordinator. Ferri has also published Effective Occupational Therapy Documentation, a textbook for occupational therapy students and new therapists.

Ferri received her Master of Science in occupational therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2016. She is passionate about education, health promotion, and disease prevention for all of her clients and community partners. For more information, visit