Linking Health and Nature: Implications for the Physical Therapy Field

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2015-12-15
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Nature is often overlooked in the health field, and more specifically the physical therapy field. There is evidence that contact with nature has healing effects both psychologically and physically. When it comes to physical therapy, incorporating nature into the regime may provide added benefits. Perhaps it is time that physical therapy consider a research agenda to explore the link. Once benefits are clearly established and outcomes assessed, the field should then consider the best ways to incorporate nature into practices.

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Undergraduate Independent Study
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benefits of nature, connectedness to nature, cultural ecosystem services, health, nature principle, wellbeing
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