Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Jan Stube


Complementary Therapies -- utilization; Evidence-Based Medicine


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within the scope of occupational therapy has the potential to add to the holistic treatment of clients with a wide range of disability or dysfunction. It has been suggested that a variety of complementary and alternative methods may be appropriate to use as an adjunctive treatment by occupational therapists with proper training and consideration of various client needs (Giese, 2005). A comprehensive literature review was conducted regarding the use of CAM with populations commonly seen by occupational therapists. Myofascial release, guided imagery, meditation, and yoga were determined to be most prevalent in the literature concerning these populations. This product provides guidelines for occupational therapists who wish to use CAM as an adjunctive method for supporting occupational performance goals. Through this project's research it was determined that the use of CAM is a growing trend in healthcare. This product aims to provide occupational therapists with a necessary resource to provide services to coincide with this trend.