Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, has reviewed an article posted by Today covering the benefits of therapy dogs with children in physical therapy. Be warned: the article is a tear jerker! Kids who participate in intensive therapy at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio as they recover from accidents or surgeries get a dose of motivation thanks to therapy dogs working alongside physical therapists.
One participant, Jack Lehman said, “I don’t think I would have been motivated to do well… They were a huge comforting presence.” “It is rare to see dogs in therapy because not a lot of hospital pet visitation programs are aware of how much the dogs can assist with patient motivation,” said Sarah Brown, a physical therapist at Akron Children’s.
The animals help in a few ways:
1. Therapy dogs provide a fun distraction while facilitating movement and exercise
2. Therapy dogs provide emotional support
3. Therapy dogs help calm patients down when they are upset or resting beside them for comfort while they are stretching
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we are interested in new ways to increase therapeutic results and make our patients comfortable and happy. Our wonderful golden retriever, Timberee Princess, CGC (Canine Good Citizen), recently passed the rigorous Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog Test and is an official therapy dog! She is certified to be with patients in our physical therapy practice, Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California.
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!
Please let us know if you would like to meet Timberee Princess, or are interested in an adapted physical therapy plan that includes working with her!
Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center
1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1
Orange, CA 92868