What are some unique therapy animals

Why animals are the best therapists

Animals are good for mental and physical health. In the context of holistic medicine, specially trained animals are increasingly being used as animal therapists. Numerous studies prove the positive effect of animal-assisted therapy.

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Success factor "non-verbal communication"

In animal-assisted therapy, the focus is on non-verbal communication.

  • It is suitable for children and adults with social deficits, but also physical or mental impairments.
  • The calming effect of animals has long been known.
  • Animals are able to lower blood pressure and pulse rate and reduce stress by their mere presence.
  • Various animal species are now used specifically for the treatment of certain diseases.
  • All animals have one thing in common: They do not judge, they convey recognition and appreciation to humans.
  • In this way, you promote social skills such as empathy and consideration.
  • Your patience helps people achieve a sense of achievement and in turn strengthens their self-confidence in their own abilities.
  • Warmth and closeness to the body lead to an improved perception of oneself and others.
  • In many cases, working with animals can be used to improve fine and gross motor skills, communication skills and the supportive treatment of depression.

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Dogs are good listeners

Especially people with whom no or only minimal communication is possible benefit from dog-assisted therapy. Dogs are excellent listeners, they don't criticize or correct mistakes. Children with language disorders or reading disabilities who read to a dog lose their inhibitions about reading aloud more quickly and thus gain self-confidence.

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Horses strengthen body awareness

Hippotherapy is a form of therapeutic riding. It is used in people with musculoskeletal disorders, but it also leads to improved coordination of movements in diseases of the nervous system.

During the physiotherapeutic exercises on specially trained horses, the horse's movement impulses are transferred to the pelvis of the person and thus indirectly strengthen the body feeling. Posture and muscle tension are also positively influenced.

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Therapeutic llama walks

Llamas are curious animals, but they are very reserved towards humans. You always keep a respectful distance and thus convey a feeling of calm and trust.

Especially people with trauma, anxiety disorders or autistic traits, the friendly nature of the lamas makes it easier to make contact with other living beings. but also to yourself and your own emotional world.

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Patience with the agate snail

The agate snails, up to 30 cm in size, are astonishingly suitable as therapists for hyperactive children. They exude a lot of calm and encourage the children to be calm and to be patient. Only then does the snail leave its house and crawl over the hand to the arm.

A sense of achievement for children who manage to keep calm until the snail decides to show itself.

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