Many years ago I suffered greatly with asthma. As a young child I had very difficult breathing episodes. i can remember how frightening it was to not get enough air in my lungs. At that time there were only limited medications that would relieve the symptoms. I can remember the hours of relief that I received when my mother would lightly rub my back. It would calm me down to the point that I could go to sleep.
I recently found out why this treatment worked so well. It has been discovered that the benefits of touch stems largely from its ability to reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone manufactured by the adrenal glands. Moderate pressure stimulates activity in the vagus nerve, one of the 12 cranial nerves in the brain, which in turn slows the heart and decreases the production of stress hormones including cortisol. From the benefits I received as a child I can visualize the benefits that your pets can also receive from a gentle petting routine. The calming effects derived from touch is a miracle waiting to happen. We can all learn from the benefits derived from the reduction of stress in our lives. Let’s help to reduce the stress in our pets lives as well. Time to get in touch with our pets!
posted by Rob Mueller