Canine-assisted physiotherapy

Pirkanmaan Erikoiskuntoutus

Koskikeskus, 3rd Floor
Hatanpään valtatie 1
33100 TAMPERE

Telephone 03 3126 0300

WHAT IS CANINE-ASSISTED PHYSIOTHERAPY?

Canine-assisted physiotherapy is a targeted form of therapy in which a dog always has a specifically-justified role or function. The animal often has the effect of a increasing the patient’s motivation to perform exercises. Need for communication, attentiveness, and memory functioning also commonly increase.

Communication with rehabilitation dogs occurs through verbal commands and hand signs. The type of communication is determined according to the client’s functional capacity and the goals of the therapy.

 

 

GOALS OF CANINE-ASSISTED PHYSIOTHERAPY

The goals of the therapy are in keeping with the client’s rehabilitation plan, even if the larger part of the exercises take place in interaction with the dog. However, a wish to work with the dog is not enough on its own: there have to be clear goals laid out for the therapy. The therapist should assess whether the client would particularly benefit from canine-assisted physiotherapy.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Piia Manninen: 044 726 0307, piia.manninen@tutoris.fi

MEET OUR REHABILITATION DOG

The name of our rehabilitation dog is “Sisu”, and its handler is physiotherapist Piia Manninen. Sisu is an official training- and rehabilitation dog — i.e., Sisu has passed the aptitude tests and training course of Koirat Kasvatus ja Kuntoutustyössä ry (“Dogs in Training- and Rehabilitation Work”). Sisu has also been given the title of “Service Dog” by the Finnish Kennel Club.

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