Fishing occupational therapists are often known as the “titus” of fish.
It’s a catch-all term that describes a type of occupational therapy that addresses the issues of emotional and physical distress in fish, including stress management, sleep and eating disorders, and depression.
But for some, the term “tussle” has become an insult, which is why the practice of occupational therapist-assisted fishing therapy has gained traction in the United States.
For years, researchers and the public have debated whether occupational therapy can be beneficial to fish.
The consensus among occupational therapists and veterinarians has been that the benefits of fish therapy extend beyond fish.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that more than 80 percent of fish in clinical trials were better treated with occupational therapy than with standard fish medications, and that fish were significantly more likely to be able to recover after treatment.
For these reasons, some have advocated that the practice be allowed to thrive.
But many say the term is a derogatory term that has no scientific basis.
“It is insulting to the profession,” says Mike Voll, an occupational therapist and director of the Veterinary Medical Services Program at the University of Tennessee Medical School.
“The term ‘tussler’ is an insult to a fish, a fish that is just not a human being.
I think it is a huge insult to the fish.”
In the years since the publication of the VMAJ study, there has been a proliferation of studies showing that fish can heal from stress-related conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
This trend has attracted the interest of occupational therapists who say they have seen the same results in fish.
But Voll and others say the word “tucker” is problematic because it implies that fish are not human beings.
“A fish can feel pain, can cry, can feel anxiety, can have emotions,” Voll says.
“But fish can’t feel sadness or sadness or grief.”
Fish have a strong sense of their own identity and have a unique sense of what is important to them.
So it makes sense that they would respond well to occupational therapy in the first place.
“If they feel the need to be a fish person, it makes them a very vulnerable and vulnerable fish,” Vell says.
Voll argues that occupational therapy should not be considered a form of therapy, but rather a part of a broader rehabilitative approach that includes medication.
“We don’t want people to feel like they are doing anything different than a fish,” he says.
A new type of therapy A new form of occupational treatment is being introduced by the American College of Occupational Therapy, or ACOT.
The organization, which was founded by the Center for Applied Research in Occupational Therapeutics, or CAROTE, recently launched a website where therapists can learn more about the latest studies and discuss treatments.
The site includes a section for information on occupational therapy-assisted fish rehabilitation.
But in the past, it has focused mostly on fish.
“In the past it was a lot of fish and nothing else,” says Voll.
In recent years, the focus has shifted toward birds.
A 2008 study published by the Journal, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Sciences, reported that fish in the wild were more than twice as likely to recover from traumatic stress as fish in captivity.
But the researchers found that fish from wild populations were not always able to heal from trauma.
“There was no indication that fish recovered better after fish therapy,” the authors wrote.
In a 2014 paper published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the USDA National Institutes of Health published a study that found that a fish therapy program improved the recovery of depressed fish from trauma and the stress associated with that stress.
The authors concluded that fish therapy was effective because the fish were more responsive to the therapy than fish in their wild environments.
“You don’t see any evidence that the fish in this study recovered better from trauma, but the fish are better able to handle stress,” Vll says.
The researchers found an increased recovery rate for depressed fish after a six-week fish therapy course.
The study did not specifically compare fish treated with a fish treatment or fish therapy to fish treated alone.
However, Voll points out that the study was designed to test whether fish can recover from trauma in the field.
“Our hypothesis is that the animals are better prepared,” Vamp said.
But there is also some evidence that fish may recover from stress better when treated with fish therapy.
A study published last year in the journal Nature Veterinary Medicine found that trout were more likely than other fish to recover faster from stress.
This suggests that fish have a higher resilience to stress, a concept known as “stress-induced resilience.”
In addition, some studies have found that stress-induced stress decreases fish activity and survival.
So the next time you find yourself with a depressed fish, take heart