Valarie McConville graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Kinesiology and earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has received additional skills training in Myofascial Release, is a certified lymphedema therapist, a biofeedback provider, and has also completed her RYT-200 for Vinyasa yoga teacher training. Valarie has worked in a variety of settings as an occupational therapist, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health, and skilled nursing facilities.
Valarie is passionate about using her skills as an Occupational Therapist to help others manage their self-care needs. She understands that each person has unique needs to find balance, particularly when they are seeking wellness and recovery. She considers lifestyle and environmental factors, as well as personal needs relating to physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual wellness. Occupational therapy is a collaborative process that often involves learning new skills, exercises, or activity modifications that will support your goals for maximizing your engagement in meaningful daily living activities.
SHOULD I SEE HER? YES
- If you’re having difficulty completing day-to-day activities (at work, home, in the community).
- If activities are more difficult to complete due to a physical, cognitive, or social impairment.
- If you suffered an injury and would benefit from a specialized exercise program.
- If you’re interested in increasing your level of physical activity.
- If stress, pain, and/or depression are having an impact on engaging in activities.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Meeting with Valarie for the first time is a collaborative process for establishing goals toward improving your participation in desired activities. Expect a heightened sense of body awareness related to postures that will protect your muscles and joints when you’re doing activities within your environment. Valarie will provide recommendations and strategies for gradually increasing physical activity levels and performing prescribed exercises (physical or cognitive) related to the goals that you and she have established.
- Biofeedback – A visual system that uses heart rate variability to develop skills for improving emotional health and well-being
- Lymphatic Treatments – Manual Lymph Drainage – promotes removal of waste, toxins and fluid
Complete Decongestive Therapy – specifically for those with lymphedema
- Myofascial Release – Gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion
- Sleep Hygiene – Education and strategies for establishing bed-times and wake-up times and promoting increased sleep quality
- Exercise Programs – Injury specific programs as well as programs designed for increasing strength and endurance
- Schedules for daily living – Organizational support, establishing routines to improve productivity and engagement in daily activities
- Energy conservation – Learning strategies to minimize energy drains in order to maximize productivity
- Ergonomics – Assessing and arranging workspaces or seated positions to prevent repetitive soft tissue injuries
Monday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM