When it comes to physical therapy there are a lot of techniques available, including techniques that some would even call unconventional therapy. Below we’ve listed 4 types of unconventional therapy that are being used to treat patients across the nation. How many of these unconventional therapy techniques would you use?
Unconventional – Role Playing Games (RPG)
One registered recreational therapist purchased a wheelchair-friendly trailer to be able to bring his practice to his patient’s doorsteps. Hawke Robinson makes his rounds in his trailer, or office, filled with musical instruments and games for his RPG therapy sessions.
In researching neuroscience, Robinson made the connection of the benefits RPG has on a wide range of mental disabilities, such as ADD and Cerebral Palsy. There are no studies to indicate how effective his therapy sessions are, but for the time being, he’ll continue to drive in his unconventional office providing this service free of charge.
The idea of dance as a form of therapy isn’t exactly a new one, but one that is targeted towards neuropathic patients is. Lisa Hartkopf-Smith, an oncology clinical nurse specialist, says that neuropathy is developed by about 40 percent of chemotherapy patients.
With a concentration in dance and pre-medicine, Mimi Lamantia graduated from Ohio State University and received a grant to conduct a study on the effects of Argentine Tango as a form of therapy among cancer survivors. Patients are prompted to stand on a sensor with software that is able to detect their medial-lateral sway, or their balance’s effectiveness.
So far, the study indicates that the tango sessions have been improving the patient’s’ sway. Cancer survivor, Tim Hickey, can attest that he’s seen an improvement. He has even gained more feeling in his feet.
In the midst of the struggle to find the cause and a cure to autism, families often try to find a solution out of desperation. About a staggering 88% of families try fringe therapies to alleviate the symptoms of autism. Shakespearean therapy may be one to consider.
Kelly Hunter, a British actress, developed a drama-based intervention with the help of William Shakespeare, known as the Hunter Heartbeat method. Those with autism seem to respond to the rhythm and repetition of lines from his plays. Her students have seen an improvement in their language and social skills. Some have even improved their ability to recognize social and facial cues.
Seniors who are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease often feel alone and can suffer from depression. But those who are natural caregivers find comfort and purpose with holding a doll.
Senior care facilities have noticed the positive effects of doll therapy has on their dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases patients. Residents who can get aggressive or agitated suddenly feel calm when given a doll. This simple concept is so effective, that a lot of senior facilities across the country are adopting this method. One facility even installed a nursery for dolls, filled with books and diapers.