Dogs serve a lot of purposes in a person’s life. Always loyal and ever loving, this trait has made canines an integral and common part of what is fast becoming a common mode of therapy in many health care facilities. It is not just dogs, but other animals in general who can help in a positive way in the therapy process of an individual. Believe it or not, dogs can be a good means of therapy.
Dogs are able to relax individuals and help them forget about their issues, making them perfect to heal emotionally depressed individuals. So now you know why dogs are serving this purpose more often in medical facilities. Dogs are specially trained for their jobs of helping to take care of the sick, the elderly or the infirm.
Facility therapy dogs, animal-assisted therapy dogs and therapeutic visitation dogs are the three main classifications of dogs used for physical and emotional therapy. The first two types assist physical therapists by meeting the requirements for a person’s recovery. These two varieties are oftentimes permanently assigned to certain hospitals. But therapeutic visitation dogs are the most common variety of dogs used for healing.
There is often little to distinguish therapeutic visitation dogs from average pet dogs – except for the fact that they visit retirement homes, hospitals and rehab centers. These dogs serve as companions for those with physical or emotional illnesses, and also the aged at retirement homes. It is no fun for anybody to be in such a facility, so it would really help that these dogs visit to improve the overall mood of the people they are visiting.
People staying in these facilities are subsequently encouraged to stay positive due to the dogs’ presence. This positive outlook is important in good health, happiness and staying young. Patients who need to be touch and to touch can also benefit from therapy dogs. This gives the patients a chance to express their need for physical contact, a need that doctors have proven as a very important factor in a patient’s psychological health.
Dogs, as you can see, are indeed vital in preserving a person’s mental health despite the dire conditions. It is the loving nature of the canine that could serve as a boost for patients’ morale, as well as their mental health, reducing chances of even worse cases of depression.
There haven’t been too many studies done on the positive effect of dogs on patients. But seeing patients smiling and laughing when in a canine’s company is all the positive reaffirmation one needs to agree that dogs really do help in the healing process.
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