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3 inspirational stories that might change your mind about pet therapy

One way that therapists are treating their patients is with the help of therapy dogs.

One way that therapists are treating their patients is with the help of therapy dogs.

Therapy can come in many forms, from monitored exercises to crafts that develop fine motor skills. When treating patients who have undergone a traumatic experience, getting to the root of an emotional problem can be difficult. One way that therapists are treating their patients is with the help of therapy dogs – specially trained furry friends that provide emotional support in the most fascinating and inspirational ways.

According to the American Kennel Club, therapy dogs can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and heart rate and even increase levels of endorphins. They visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other care facilities, spreading comfort and joy to those who need it most.

3 inspirational stories that might change your mind about pet therapy

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy

One way that therapists are treating their patients is with the help of therapy dogs. Therapy can come in many forms, from monitored exercises to crafts that develop fine motor skills. When treating patients who have undergone a traumatic experience, getting to the root of an emotional problem can be difficult. One way that therapists are treating their patients is with the help of therapy dogs – specially trained furry friends that provide emotional support in the most fascinating and inspirational ways. According to the American Kennel Club, therapy dogs can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and heart rate and even increase levels of endorphins. They visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other care facilities, spreading comfort and joy to those who need it most.

How OTs can help patients who have trouble sleeping

Sleep deprivation can affect memory retention at a chemical level.

Sleep deprivation can affect memory retention at a chemical level.

Sleep is one of those parts of life that you probably don’t give much thought to, until you have trouble getting some. Even missing a few hours in a night can completely ruin the rest of your day, causing problems at work and at home. Should the problem persist, it can greatly affect your ability to perform tasks and may even make it easier for other ailments to sneak up on you. In fact, a study published in Science Signaling found that sleep deprivation can actually affect memory retention at a chemical level.

There are a number of ways that occupational therapists can help their patients manage sleep deprivation and return to a more regular work and life schedule. Here are some strategies that OTs might implement to help their patients sleep easier:

How OTs can help patients who have trouble sleeping

Occupational Therapy

Sleep deprivation can affect memory retention at a chemical level. Sleep is one of those parts of life that you probably don’t give much thought to, until you have trouble getting some. Even missing a few hours in a night can completely ruin the rest of your day, causing problems at work and at home. Should the problem persist, it can greatly affect your ability to perform tasks and may even make it easier for other ailments to sneak up on you. In fact, a study published in Science Signaling found that sleep deprivation can actually affect memory retention at a chemical level. There are a number of ways that occupational therapists can help their patients manage sleep deprivation and return to a more regular work and life schedule. Here are some strategies that OTs might implement to help their patients sleep easier:

Answers to your top questions about travel therapy

Answers to your top questions about travel therapy

Travel therapy is one of the most exciting career paths for professionals in the allied health care industry. It combines personal goals such as seeing more of the country with professional goals like making a difference in the lives of patients. If you’re thinking about becoming a travel therapist or just want to learn more, keep reading:

What is travel therapy?

In simplest terms, travel therapy is a career option for therapy professionals that agree to take contract jobs in cities across the U.S. (and even internationally) for short and long-term periods of time.

Answers to your top questions about travel therapy

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Travel Therapy Advice, Speech Language Pathology

Travel therapy is one of the most exciting career paths for professionals in the allied health care industry. It combines personal goals such as seeing more of the country with professional goals like making a difference in the lives of patients. If you’re thinking about becoming a travel therapist or just want to learn more, keep reading: What is travel therapy? In simplest terms, travel therapy is a career option for therapy professionals that agree to take contract jobs in cities across the U.S. (and even internationally) for short and long-term periods of time.

Travel therapists: The true gypsies of health care

Travel therapists: The true gypsies of health care

By getting out and facing new trials, you’ll become a better therapist.

While some might think of a career in health care as a job that requires stability of location, there are actually many opportunities for travel and adventure. In fact, travel therapists are like the gypsies of the health care world.

If you’re interested in becoming a travel therapist, here are few things to know.

You get to see the whole country

Travel therapists can choose from thousands of opportunities around the country. Spend six weeks in a fast-paced metropolitan area on the east coast, then head south and spend a month in a beach community in Florida.

Travel therapists: The true gypsies of health care

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Travel Therapy Advice, Speech Language Pathology

By getting out and facing new trials, you’ll become a better therapist. While some might think of a career in health care as a job that requires stability of location, there are actually many opportunities for travel and adventure. In fact, travel therapists are like the gypsies of the health care world. If you’re interested in becoming a travel therapist, here are few things to know. You get to see the whole country Travel therapists can choose from thousands of opportunities around the country. Spend six weeks in a fast-paced metropolitan area on the east coast, then head south and spend a month in a beach community in Florida.

4 ways occupational therapists can motivate patients

4 ways occupational therapists can motivate patients

 

Working in occupational therapy, you likely find that even the most motivated patients can lose some of their enthusiasm over time when complications arise or their recovery takes longer than they expected. As their therapist, you can play a critical role in not just their physical progress, but their emotional and mental commitment to continuing to work toward their goal. By finding strategies to encourage patients to keep going when they want to quit, you’ll see better results and likely form a trusting relationship in the process.

4 ways occupational therapists can motivate patients

Occupational Therapy

  Working in occupational therapy, you likely find that even the most motivated patients can lose some of their enthusiasm over time when complications arise or their recovery takes longer than they expected. As their therapist, you can play a critical role in not just their physical progress, but their emotional and mental commitment to continuing to work toward their goal. By finding strategies to encourage patients to keep going when they want to quit, you’ll see better results and likely form a trusting relationship in the process.