Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilises recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.
It helps to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations.
Recreational therapy is a type of therapy that engages an individual or a group of individuals in fun activities such as music, sports, news, or bingo to enhance their functioning, independence and well-being.
Therapeutic outdoor recreation programs are helping individuals with disabilities build the confidence and physical skills needed to participate in a wide range of sports and recreational activities. … Activities include water sports, summer and winter competitions, and fitness events.
Some of the general benefits include adaptive recreation skills, time management education, socialisation, pain management, physical conditioning and exercise activity, wheel chair training, attention, memory, perception, orientation, adjustment to disability, stress management, and community resource education.
Click here on National Rehabilitation Information Centre for more information on recreational therapy and how it can help.
Types of Recreational Therapy
There are so many types of recreational. Some have been listed below:
- Therapeutic horseback riding. …
- Adaptive swimming. …
- Special Olympics. …
- Art therapy. …
- Music therapy. …
- Pet therapy. …
- Vision therapy
I think we could all do with some type of recreational therapy to recuperate from our daily lives and it’s amazing that it can help people to recover and return to wellness. Go out and find what can help you to return to wellness and bring balance.
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