Recreation Therapy

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Recreation therapy is a therapeutic activity that helps patients in a number of ways. Dr. Edward Hill talks about this type of therapy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Recreation therapy is the use of leisure activity to achieve a treatment goal. Therapeutic activities can include art, friendship development, dance, outdoor experiences, therapeutic sports and others. Recreation therapy can be done in many different settings, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, community parks and independent living centers.

The goal of recreation therapy is to restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability.

The benefits of recreation therapy include improved physical fitness and coping skills, reduced stress, an improved sense of self-confidence and self-reliance and enhanced self-esteem. Recreation therapy focuses on activities that address a persons physical and emotional needs. For those with chronic conditions this is especially important, as physical abilities may change.

Recreational therapists are certified professionals who work with doctors and rehabilitation specialists to assess a persons abilities and design a therapeutic plan.

Activities are selected to achieve treatment goals, such as muscle strengthening or improved self-confidence.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.