Healing Power of Animals Reviewed By: Lately, scientists have realised that not only animals are a source of joy for their owners but also, their masters lead a healthier life!
The growing Animal-Assisted Therapy movement seeks to increase animal-patient interaction to improve health and wellness. This form of therapy is being used to raise spirits in nursing homes and assisted living facilities; to soothe terminal patients; to support veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder; to benefit children with special needs, like autism; and to improve the health and mood of family caregivers.
The 10 Best Pet Companions to Have at Your Side Modern pet therapy dates to the s, when famed nurse Florence Nightingale recognized how well animals provided social support for institutionalized, mentally ill patients.
The American Red Cross deployed dogs to military and convalescent hospitals after World War II and relief organizations used dogs, cats and rabbits to help Hurricane Katrina victims recover from trauma.
Older patients in particular seem to benefit. A study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practices said pets were linked to higher perceived energy levels, lessened pain and anxiety, improved respiratory rates and better moods.
Animal interaction, it seems, provides patients not only with a welcome distraction, but also a sense of purpose and a comforting reminder of home. This became a home not just for people with dementia but for the animals they love. The Mayo Clinic cites data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that there has never been a reported case of infection due to interaction with pets in any such facility.
His older daughter turned to us for help because her father had always loved dogs and she thought the interaction might motivate him.
We arrived and asked him to help us walk our dog. All of a sudden he had a purpose beyond his own therapy and this change in focus and gentle distraction helped him recover sooner, according to his daughter and doctor. It was a magical moment.
Pet Partners estimates that its 11,plus teams of pooches and people alone make more than 1 million visits to patients each year. Fifty percent of people tending a family member with dementia report some level of depression, according to a UCLA study recently published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Pet Partners cites remarkable anecdotal evidence of the power of pet therapy. For example, one affiliate team of a therapy cat and its handler, veteran nurse Donna Williamson, reported for a scheduled visit with a terminally ill patient, only to be told that he had since slipped into a coma.
Williamson placed the cat on the bed anyway and the patient awokelifted his arms from under the sheets and started to pet the animal. Such interactions may be unusual, but pets reliably encourage the human need to touch and be touched, and our desire to play, exercise and laugh.
A range of studies have found that spending just a few minutes a day interacting with a dog, cat or rabbit can decrease cortisol, increase serotonin levels and lower heart rate and blood pressure.
The vibration made by purring cats may stimulate healing and growth in bones. And older pet owners have higher one-year survival rates following coronary heart disease diagnosis.Nudity in Ancient to Modern Cultures.
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Mar 05, · The program, operated through the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, offers scientists research grants to study the impact of animals on child development, in physical and psychological therapeutic treatments, and on the effects of animals on public health, including their ability to reduce or prevent disease.
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