Benefits of Pet Therapy – The Clubhouse – a blog by Menlo House

Experts say that pet-therapy builds upon the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with animals can help children and adults who are struggling with mental and physical health issues. It’s engaging, therapeutic and incredibly beneficial making it widely practiced in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools to name a few. Continue reading below to learn about how animals have positive effects on us.

1. Mental Health

Petting animals release serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin, which are all hormones that play a part in elevating moods. It helps with anxiety and relaxation, while providing comfort to reduce loneliness. Alzheimer patients and patients with head injuries can benefit from this as it helps increase mental stimulation such as regaining memories.

2. Physical Health

Pet therapy can help lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, reduce the amount of medications some people use, and releases hormones including Phenylethylamine, which as the same effect as chocolate. It also helps diminish overall physical pain and provides relaxation. Children with autism become more engaged with improved language skills and social interaction.

3. Physical Therapy

Incorporating pet therapy with physical therapy can help increase joint movement, improve recovery time, maintain or increase motor skills and provide motivation.

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