Gardening and interacting with nature is an effective method for nurturing lives. Understanding the healing power of nature is very important. That may be learned from different methods but from experience is more acceptable for a needy soul. Gardening always give a positive impact on the participants. The impact may either be physical or psychological. When a person is closer to nature, then he/she can forget all unwanted thoughts that disturb and be able to enjoy himself/herself with what he/she is doing or engaging with.
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Emotional imbalance, mobility issues, cognitive problems, social and communication problems are the main areas that a person having multiple sclerosis(MD) is suffering from. Because of these problems, they may be constantly depressed. Pain is another issue they face most times. The stiffness of the muscles, inflexibility of bones and muscles may hamper with physical fitness and movements. It is very important that they distract themselves from pain and depression and enjoy the moments when they were doing some task in nature.
There are many activities we can use in horticultural therapy, especially for the person having multiple sclerosis. There are intensity-based activities which will be given by the therapist according to the patients’ capability. The activities are very specific for each individual and should be designed according to the patients’ needs. Garden also has a very important role here. It will be better to design a garden according to the patients’ needs and accessibility.
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Community gardening is a good choice for improving social interaction and communication. Using modified gardening tools will help the participants to manage their physical limitations. Dish garden and Terrarium kind of activities will rejuvenate the mind of these people. And so their self esteem and hopes in life also increase. While engaging with sensory games, all senses get stimulated and their minds get distracted from pain and negative thoughts. Leaf puzzles, identifying plant, touch challenge are some of these type of activities used in Horticultural Therapy to heal people with Multiple Sclerosis
You can’t measure the healing power of nature. By connecting with nature, you can make magic in your life and in the lives of your wards.