Handbook, Guide or Manual (Third Edition)
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Your free time and the way you use that time can be a source of pleasure, enjoyment and self-fulfillment for you. You will probably have many questions about your injury’s effect on your ability to participate in your favorite activities and sports. Recreational therapy is available to assist you in answering your many questions and concerns and helping you plan a satisfactory leisure lifestyle for yourself.
What is Recreational Therapy?
Recreational therapy is a form of treatment that uses recreational activities to work on your rehabilitation goals. Through using your existing recreational skills and interests, recreational therapy can address many of your goals, including:
• Improve Physical Abilities – Improving muscle strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, mobility and range of motion.
• Promote Greater Self-Reliance – Awareness toward independent living and self-determination.
• Enrich the Quality of Life – Opportunities for creativity, self-expression and a productive sense of the self by using leisure time well.
• Manage Stress – Activities that relax both mind and body from tension and pressures.
• Community Re-Integration – Activities that nurture social relationships and encourage leisure activity in your community. As well as, practicing any mobility skills in a community setting.
Recreational therapy can be grouped into three types of service: treatment, leisure education and diversional activities.
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Recommended CitationThomas Jefferson University Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation, "Recreational Therapy-Spinal Cord Injury Manual" (2009). Spinal Cord Injury Manual (English). Manual 15.