Features July 2014 Issue

How Your Dog Can Help with Physical Therapy

“Cappy,” a Papillon in training to become a service dog, demonstrates a stretching/hand-control exercise where the client is asked to roll the ball toward the dog, and the dog rolls it back.

How Your Dog Can Help with Physical Therapy

Lending a Paw

Over the course of 20 years, the physical-rehabilitation department of various healthcare facilities became my second home as I groaned, stretched, and struggled my way through physical-therapy sessions following the gradual deterioration and the amputation of my lower legs (due to vascular disease). I was highly motivated to get my body working efficiently again, and I knew the sessions were necessary for physical improvement, but I found the endless repetitive exercises boring to do. Why couldn’t physical therapy be more fun and interesting?

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