pet therapyIf you are looking for short and long term rehabilitation services¬†for muscular or neurological concerns, it’s worth thinking about pet therapy. You’d be surprised at how much a dog or cat can help you or a loved one recover from these painful and debilitating conditions.

The Many Physical And Mental Health Benefits Of Pet Therapy

Although it may be hard for many to believe, pet therapy is becoming a very popular and even scientific method for treating a wide range of health problems. For example, pet therapy has been shown to:

  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Increase heart health
  • Treat physical pain
  • Improve mood and decrease depression symptoms
  • Alleviate boredom and anxiety
  • Boost socialization skills

Helping People With Muscular And Neurological Problems

Those benefits are all great, but what about people with muscular degeneration and neurological problems? Pet therapy can help them too! Studies have shown that pet therapy, including stroking and playing with dogs or cats, will:

  • Speed up recovery time
  • Maintain motor skills
  • Increase physical dexterity
  • Increase joint movement
  • Help motivate people to stick to exercise routines

Integrating Pet Therapy Into Your Treatment

While pet therapy can’t be used as a “catch-all” treatment for muscular degeneration (physical therapy and pulmonary treatments are still needed), letting a patient pet a dog or a cat once or twice a week is very beneficial to their health. Some centers even have a “group pet” that lives on the premises.

Short and Long Term Rehabilitation Services

If you are interested in learning more about the myriad of short and long term rehabilitation services available for your personal recovery, please make sure to contact us at Fox Subacute to learn more.