If you’re suffering from a chronic medical illness, you know that medicine can only go so far in making you feel better. However, there is a surprisingly easy technique that can relieve some symptoms of your illness and provide a multitude of benefits to your overall health.
Having a four-legged bundle of joy around has been proven to help many patients feel happier and healthier. Heck, if you’re a pet owner, you probably already know that your beloved Fluffy is a reliable source of stress-relief. However, animal-assisted therapy (AAT), also known as pet-assisted therapy.
How Animal-Assisted Therapy Works
How exactly does the pet-assisted therapy work? It stems from your interaction with a therapy animal, such as feeding, grooming, or bathing it. This form of safe, loyal, and positive engagement provides stimulation, and is something for you to think about and talk about with others.
Pets provide emotional stability in times of stress, as well as encourage mobility and a healthier lifestyle (e.g., walking a dog). They comfort those with language difficulties, as animals communicate differently, and also increase self-esteem in seniors by allowing them to be responsible for something. Grooming and feeding pets can also improve motor skills.