Pediatric and Geriatric Therapy

Dog: The Ultimate Healing Modality

Pet therapy is any guided interaction between a person and a trained dog or other animal. Unlike a service dog or emotional support dog, a therapy dog isn’t required to have any specialized training (although our therapy dogs are professionally trained and certified). A therapy dog only has to have the sweet temperament that sets someone’s mind at ease while they’re undergoing treatment or therapy for virtually any medical condition.

If you love dogs, then you’re already familiar with the positive emotions you can’t help but feel whenever you’re around one. That reaction isn’t just pleasant for its own sake. It can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, as well as reduce the psychological effects of trauma. And because the presence of a friendly dog can prompt the body to release serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin, pet therapy can effectively reduce symptoms of depression in addition to several other mental health disorders.

Jody & Murphy: More Than Just Indescribably Cute

Acucare Physical Therapy proudly welcomed Jody and Murphy to our family in 2021. The two benevolent pooches underwent training at Smoking Dakota Kennels in Sioux Falls before receiving official certification from Therapy Dogs International, and they now help anyone who would like to heal in greater comfort.

Whether they’re working solo or as a two-dog team, Jody and Murphy love spreading feelings of joy, peace and serenity. They also make certain Acucare Physical Therapy remains thoroughly protected against invasion by squirrels and rabbits – a service they graciously provide free of charge.

Who Can Benefit From Pet Therapy?

In a word, everyone! No matter your age, mental health or physical condition, spending any amount of time with a kindhearted canine can only help you recover faster. Pet Therapy’s applications are virtually limitless, although it is commonly enjoyed by patients while they are being treated for:

  • Cancer
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Mental health disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
Geriatric Physical Therapist
Geriatric Physical Therapist

If you would like to learn more about how Acucare Physical Therapy’s jovial pups can enhance your healing experience, then we welcome you to contact us today!

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Acucare Physical Therapy Ltd

1700 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Tel: 605-335-7723
Fax: 605-339-3778

Monday to Friday: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Evenings and weekends by appointment only!

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