[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][image type="none" float="none" info="none" info_place="top" info_trigger="hover" src="69"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][text_output]Is medicine going to the dogs? Yes, but in a good way. Pet therapy is gaining fans in health care and beyond.
Dogs may be good at more than fetching sticks and greeting you after a long day at work. As it turns out, simply having them around may increase your physical health, mental health, while lessening your anxiety and stress level.
Here are some significant benefits:
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
Lifts spirits and lessens depression
Decreases feelings of isolation and alienation
Helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders
Creates motivation for the client to recover faster
In Physical Therapy:
Increases joint movement and improves recovery time
Maintains or increases motor skills provides motivation to move more, stretch farther, exercise longer