Physiotherapy vs. Occupational Therapy with Lee Wei Qing

Know more about physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and how occupational therapy can help individuals across the spectrum from children to the elderly.

by Deborah Yaw

Ever suffered an injury or a broken bone and the first person that comes to mind is a physiotherapist? What about an occupational therapist?

People generally know the term physiotherapy, but did you know that occupational therapy is also another important form of rehabilitative therapy? Both these therapy services play an interdependent role in ensuring an individual gets the most out of their recovery.

Know more about the similarities and differences between physiotherapy and occupational therapy, how occupational therapy can help individuals across the spectrum from children to the elderly, and more — in this episode highlighting therapy services with Lee Wei Qing, an established occupational therapist and business owner, together with our Homage Care Specialist, Wong Yi Huey.

Lee Wei Qing graduated in Occupational Therapy from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2009. He is also a certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner, specializing in child psychiatry cases which include autism, ADHD, GDD, learning difficulties and sensory integration disabilities, with Certificate in Sensory Integration (University of Southern California).

[0:37] What is the difference between physiotherapy and occupational therapy? | [3:50] How can occupational therapy help individuals across the age spectrum? | [5:21] How can occupational therapy help with a specific medical condition (e.g. stroke)? | [7:07] How long is the recovery process for individuals?

Full transcript: here


  • physiotherapy: treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function, and well-being.
  • occupational therapy: therapy that focuses on holistic wellness as well as finer motor and cognitive skills.
  • speech therapy: support in the management and treatment of various conditions affecting a person’s ability to speak, communicate, eat and drink.
  • activities of daily living (ADL): the fundamental skills needed to function and manage basic physical needs and activities.
  • congenital: a condition or trait that is present at birth.
  • fine motor skills: the dexterity and coordination of small muscles to make movement.
  • gross motor skills: the ability to make movement of the larger muscle groups.

Disclaimer: The health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional health advice. To seek further medical advice for your medical condition, do consult your doctor, therapist or go to the nearest health institution to get assistance. This video only represents the speaker’s views on physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

If you or your loved ones require therapy care, reach out to our Care Advisors at 016-2992188

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Deborah Yaw
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