The field of Allied Health is continually evolving, and with an interest in art, music, and animal-assisted therapies for unique approaches to treatment.
Allied Health is continually evolving, with a growing interest in the application of alternative therapies. These therapies, which can include art, music, and animal-assisted therapies, offer unique approaches to treatment and rehabilitation. And they provide therapeutic benefits that complement traditional medical treatments, contributing to holistic patient care.
Arts Therapy in Allied Health
Arts therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In the context of Allied Health, art therapy can help patients express emotions that may be difficult to verbalize, foster self-awareness, manage behaviors and feelings, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
Art therapists may work in a variety of settings and they can assist individuals dealing with a wide range of conditions, from mental health disorders and traumatic experiences to chronic illnesses and physical disabilities.
Music Therapy in Allied Health
Music therapy is an evidence-based clinical use of musical interventions to improve clients’ quality of life. Music therapists use music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages.
In Allied Health, music therapy can facilitate movement and physical rehabilitation, enhance memory, manage stress, alleviate pain, and promote wellness. Music therapists can also work in diverse settings and they can support individuals with various conditions, including developmental disorders, mental health issues, neurological conditions, and physical disabilities.
Animal-Assisted Therapy in Allied Health
Animal-assisted therapy involves the use of animals to help individuals recover from or better cope with health problems. The therapy has been shown to significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression, and fatigue in people with a range of health problems.
Animal-assisted therapy can assist in physical rehabilitation, improve mental health, enhance social skills, and provide emotional support. Animal-assisted therapists also work in various settings and can support individuals with a range of conditions, including mental health disorders, physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, and developmental disorders.
NDIS Funding for Alternative Therapies
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recognizes the value of these alternative therapies and provides funding for them. To access this funding, the therapy must be evidence-based, relate to the individual’s disability, and support the person to achieve their NDIS goals. Therapists providing these services must be registered health therapists specializing in their respective therapy areas.
And so, arts, music, and animal-assisted therapies offer unique and valuable approaches to treatment in Allied Health. These therapies can provide therapeutic benefits that complement traditional medical treatments, contributing to holistic patient care.
At Gorilla Jobs, we work closely with some clinics where these innovative therapies are already being implemented and we understand the transformative impact these therapies can have on patient care. If you’re interested in learning more about opportunities with these therapies please reach out to our team.