What is Energy Conservation?

Energy conservation refers to the way activities are done to minimize muscle fatigue, joint stress, and pain.  By using your body efficiently and doing things in a sequential way, you can save your energy.  Energy conservation is a means of adapting the way you carry out your day-to-day activities, at work, rest and play. It also allows you to assess and adapt the environment in which you conduct these activities.  Everything we do from waking up to going to bed is classed as an activity and uses some form of energy. Before you begin to make changes to your daily routine the first step is to find out how you spend your time and energy.

The Six P's for more Energy

Prioritize

Prioritize

Prioritize your daily routine and activities

Plan daily activity schedule by alternating with heavy and light tasks

Set realistic goals

Break the task down into steps

Eliminate unnecessary steps of a task

Pace yourself

Plan

Positioning

Pace Yourself

Positive Attitude

Pursed lip Breathing

Benefits

Energy Conservation can help if you have one of following medical conditions below.

Multiple sclerosis is probably the most common medical condition that can benefit from Energy Conservation.  Depending on the type of M.S., even the most subtle movements cause infinite fatigue and/or pain.

With repetitive use injuries, the goal of energy conservation is to minimize pain and movement to promote the healing of tissue and/or bone. Health care providers such as nursing staff are often subject to repetitive use injuries because of the physical strain of transferring patients.

Energy conservation with respiratory patients often boils down to conserving oxygen for the brain. Frequently, these patients are on an oxygen supplement either daily or as needed. Over-expenditure of physical movement can result in oxygen desaturation (unsafe numbers dropping below 90% saturation).

Patients with a history of cardiac dysfunction or congestive heart failure will come with a set of precautions as ordered by their primary physicians. Lifting precautions are the most common (i.e. not lifting anything above the head, lifting less than 5-10 lbs), especially after cardiac surgery.

Occupational therapy comes into play to assist in redesigning the individual’s lifestyle. If the patient is accustomed to household and yard chores that call for heavy lifting (moving boxes, carrying groceries, shoveling dirt, mowing the lawn, etc.), then the patient and the OT will work together to simplify those chores or eliminate tasks that are unnecessary.

Often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. (ALS) is a progressively crippling disease that eventually takes the individual’s life. Unfortunately, it mercilessly takes away their quality of life for up to several years before death occurs. Occupational Therapy has a vital role throughout those years as the symptoms change for the patient.

FAQ's

Usually there are only pleasant sensations during the session and often complete relaxation. Processing begins and can often take a few days and up-to a week to complete. This is your body’s response to releasing trapped emotions, negative experiences and physical and emotional trauma your body has been holding on to.

Generally, once per week. Some adults and small children can be seen two or even three times per week.

For adults, a typical session can last forty-five minutes to an hour. Child, from thirty to forty-five minutes.

Generally, once per week. Some adults and small children can be seen two or even three times per week.

Most people have reported it being soothing and relaxing. Pain and symptoms alleviating during the session.  Various but pleasant sensations have also been felt throughout the entire body. Processing afterwards can sometimes leave the body with soreness that resolves quickly.