Southern Maine Health Care

Occupational Therapy

SMHC occupational therapists help improve human functions impacted by illness, injury, developmental delay or surgery. These functions can include cognition, motion, coordination, vision, perception, strength and stamina. Occupational therapists work with patients of all ages achieve their highest level of independence and function. Treatment may include:

  • Exercises to build strength, motion and stamina
  • Modalities to decrease pain, improve motion and normalize tissues
  • Therapeutic activities for cognition (e.g., memory, problem solving, and sequencing) skills related to activities of daily living.
  • Compensatory strategies training to provide alternative methods to task accomplishment


A physician's referral is required for treatment. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 207-294-8030.

Does your child have difficultly with handwriting, put up a fight when asked to take a bath, or appear to be clumsy?  Do they avoid food with different textures like cottage cheese, steak or Jello or have a hyperactive gag reflex?

If you find yourself answering yes to many of these questions, pediatric occupational therapy services may be the solution for you!  Contact your child’s primary care provider today to discuss getting a therapy referral.  To qualify, your child must not already be receiving services in school or have an IFSPs.

We can easily accommodate children from birth through 21 years of age with:

  • Fine motor delays including coordination and handwriting.
  • Gross motor delays including gravitational insecurity and poor body awareness.
  • Sensory Processing Dysfunction
  • Visual Motor Delays
  • Oral Motor Delays
  • Torticollis

For more information, call 207-490-7098.

Hand Therapy

The SMHC Hand Therapy program offers a comprehensive approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity. Occupational therapists work in conjunction with both the referring physician and the patient directly to established client centered goals to ensure the highest quality of care and positive rehabilitation results. Our therapists, including a certified hand therapist, are trained to treat a variety of conditions such as:

  • Work-related injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet syndrome
  • Tendinitis and Sprains
  • Tendon and nerve repairs
  • Hand and Arm fractures
  • Soft Tissue injuries
  • Complex pain syndrome
  • Dupuytren's
  • Joint Replacements
  • Crush injuries
  • Arthritis

Hand therapy services include:

  • Hand assessment
  • Custom splinting
  • Modalities (hot/cold therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, fluidotherapy, phonophoresis and iontophoresis)
  • Edema management
  • Strengthening
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Patient education / self-management strategies
  • Ergonomics assessment