The positive impact of animals on humans

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Animal therapy, or animal therapy (animal therapy) is a positive effect of animals on human health. Since ancient times, people have intuitively guessed the beneficial effects of animals on humans. For example, in ancient Greece it was believed that the god of healing Asclepius appeared to sick people in the form of a dog and licked their wounds. In Christianity, the saints were depicted together with their faithful companions – dogs, which, according to legend, cured their owners.

But in ancient Egypt, it was believed that cats not only participate in the recovery of a person, but also have supernatural powers. Therefore, they were treated like gods. But zootherapy became an independent method of treatment only in the middle of the 20th century.

Today, the positive impact of animals on the human body is recognized by the World Health Organization.

How do animals influence us?

Watch yourself. When you iron cat or a dog, what’s going on with you? It becomes easier for you to communicate with those who are with you at this moment, you calm down, thoughts line up in a certain order, unpleasant emotions disappear. These are observations. But from the point of view of physiology, muscle tension is relieved in a person, digestion improves, pressure decreases, many people feel pleasantly dream.

Why is this happening? All animals are bioenergetics. They are sensitive to negative energy that comes from your thoughts or your diseased organs. In addition, they know how to transform it into a positive one. Therefore, when you feel bad, bleak thoughts overcome, your stomach or head hurts, our faithful friends will definitely react. They press against the sore spot, lift up, purr, coo, dry tears with their tongue, make them laugh, distract.

There are even specialized centers in which specially trained animals, not pets of the patient, “work”. In addition to direct communication with animals, such centers use pictures, toys, stories about animals, films with their participation, etc.

What are the types of zootherapy?

1. Canistherapy

This is the scientific name for therapy with the help of contacts with dogs.

A dog is a social, active, friendly and loyal creature. That is why dogs very well help children with mental retardation, delayed motor development, autistic children, children with Down syndrome, children with cerebral palsy. In such children, when communicating with four-legged friends memory improvesemotional and mental spheres develop.

Dogs are motivating. Therefore, for example, children with speech and hearing impairments are taught to talk in the presence of dogs. Children with cerebral palsy learn motor movements easier and easier if there are dogs nearby.

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Dogs relieve the stress of the owner, save from headaches, provide psychological support and even help to think better. It will be easier for you to write a text, prepare for exams, make repairs if your four-legged friend is nearby.

Especially sensitive sense of smell of dogs helps them to determine the location of human malignant tumors, helps to predict the patient’s epileptic seizure in 20 minutes. By the way, dogs save their owners from physical injury during epileptic seizures. When an attack occurs, they expose themselves under a falling person so that he does not hit.

2. Felinotherapy

In other words, therapy through contact with cats.

English therapists working with mentally retarded children have found that cats can best influence people with mental illness, heart problems and brain damage. In the presence of cats, people with mental disabilities become more relaxed, calm, it becomes easier to talk with them, to teach them something. Communication with cats well helps in treatment depressionschizophrenia, neurosis, mania and drug addiction.

Cats do not even need to be specially trained, in fact, they do nothing unusual. If they like a person, they rub against his legs, jump on his knees, fawn, purr, lick his hands, and this is how they achieve reciprocal tenderness.

By the way, cat’s purring speeds up the process of tissue regeneration. In particular, the condition of the bone (bones become stronger) and epithelial (wounds heal quickly) tissues improve.

Cats also help in the treatment of hypertension, heart attack, rheumatism, stomach ulcers, gastritis, influenza and pneumonia. They save from loneliness, relieve joint and headaches, treat internal diseases.

By the way, if you notice that the cat is too obsessively caressing you, jumping on your knees – if possible, do not drive it. Thus, it not only shows a kind attitude towards you, but also signals that your body is in danger of failing, it’s time to act!

3 more types of zootherapy

3. Dolphin therapy

Recommended for people with mental retardation, emotional development, as well as people who have suffered mental trauma as a result of extreme situations (military actions, accidents, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.).

Dolphins are sociable, intelligent, treat people well, and especially love children. The mechanism of therapy is based on the influence of the animal on the human biofield. It only seems from the side that the dolphin is just playing with the child. In fact, he tests his body with ultrasounds. If everything is fine with the child, the dolphin quietly clicks; if the baby is sick, the dolphin purrs.

In the process of emotional and tactile impact of a dolphin on a person, the biofield of the latter is corrected, and he becomes better. In other words, the dolphin to some extent shares its energy with the person and, accordingly, the animal gets tired. After the session, dolphins usually swim away to rest in the far corner of the oceanarium.

Indications for therapy: cerebral palsy, childhood autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit disorder in hyperactivitydisorders of the central nervous system, disorders of memory, speech, hearing, reactive depression.

Contraindications: epilepsy, oncology, acute infectious diseases.

4. Hippotherapy

This is therapy based on communication with horses.

When riding, both the physical and psychological spheres of a person are normalized. During active exercises, all the muscles of the body work, breathing trainingthe circulatory system is toned.

The natural mechanism of the human cognitive sphere is also launched – concentration of attention increases, memory and thinking work improves (you need to remember a lot of new movements and repeat them in a certain sequence, you also need to learn how to care for horses and how to communicate with them). All this activates other mental processes.

Hippotherapy is indicated for arthritis, cerebral circulation disorders, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, children with cerebral palsy and mental and speech retardation.

5. Ornithotherapy

Feathered friends inspire and calm a person, charge with vivacity and optimism. Watch the birds – and you will see that they never lose heart and are constantly busy with something.

Birdwatching relaxes, saves from emotional breakdowns. And the melodic singing of birds has a beneficial effect on the psyche and helps to prepare for sleep.

It is believed that birds are unreasonable and have little understanding of man. In fact, if you communicate a lot and often with a feathered pet, you will discover a lot of new things. Birds subtly feel the mood of the owner, they always strive to help, they are happy when you come home from work, they like to take an active part in your affairs – to drag food from the table, follow you around the apartment, look at the monitor and press the buttons on your mobile phone. Therefore, at least salvation from depression and a good mood for bird lovers is guaranteed!

Olga VOSTOCHNAYA,
psychologist

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