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Benefits of Animal Therapy

Petther

There are many benefits that come from pairing people and animals together in a therapy setting! Below is a list of tangible results that can be achieved during the animal therapy process.

Physical Health:

– Lowers blood pressure

– Improves cardiovascular health

– Releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect

– Diminishes overall physical pain

– The act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response, reducing the amount of medication some folks need

Mental Health:

– Lifts spirits and lessens depression

– Decreases feelings of isolation and alienation

– Encourages communication

– Provides comfort

– Increases socialization

– Reduces boredom

– Lowers anxiety

– Helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders

– Creates motivation for the participant to recover faster

– Reduces loneliness

In Physical Therapy:

– Increases joint movement and improves recovery time

– Maintains or increases motor skills

– Provides motivation to move more, stretch farther, exercise longer

 

 

Adapted from PawsforPeople.org

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