Health Benefits of Origami
Health benefits of origami: Why do people fold paper into little animal shapes? For most, it is because it’s fun and it looks nice. But for others, it is a way to relax; a way to let the day’s tension melt away. More and more now, care providers and researchers have found that folding paper can help those with medical conditions.
The most obvious benefit of origami is for those who have had surgery or injuries of the hands. Origami helps patients regain control over their hand movements and helps build muscles. Patients find doing their “hand exercise” through origami is more rewarding than traditional physical therapy methods.
Perhaps, the best way to understand the benefits of origami is to read the testimonials of those who use origami as a tool for therapy. See the web sites of Marilyn Abbmackdes and George Ho for extensive information on the health benefits of origami which includes first-hand testimonials of how origami helped their mental health.
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The Origami Resource Center is grateful for the community for sharing their expertise in this area of the craft. This web site is not intended as professional advice. If you have a medical condition or know someone who needs medical help, please seek professional advice. Often, origami is not considered as a treatment in itself.