All we ever hear the laughter therapy, an alternative treatment based on the power of laughter. An action, laughing, that not only helps us to appear in the handsome picture ID, but also has many health benefits: it stimulates the nervous system, and this, in response, releases endorphins, which act on the immune and endocrine system, improving our quality of life and accelerating the recovery of pathological processes.
From time immemorial it has been used as a therapeutic laughter. His trail can be traced from the ancient Chinese empire, which had a lasa temples where people gathered to laugh in order to balance health.
In tribal cultures, there was a sacred clown figure, a wizard who used in power of laughter to heal the sick soldiers.
Or, as in the twentieth century, we ran into the always visionary Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud, which he attributed to the power of laughter to rid the body of negative energy.
But it was not until the seventies for the risoterapia received the final push. The fault was Norman Cousins, a major New York publisher, affected by a painful and disabling spinal disease. Against this background and with no cure in sight, his doctors advised him to laugh then turn to try to stop the depression that lurked.The Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers act then the miracle. Cousins found that ten minutes of laughter allowed him to forget the pain at least two hours. The results of his experience made known to the medical community, publishing them in 1976 in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, and later in a book, and through his own foundation.
Since then, scientific studies on the benefits of laughter therapy soared. And although many argue its medical basis, it seems clear that use this therapy as an adjunct to conventional treatment of certain diseases can significantly help in his recovery. Among the entries is laughter therapy include: decreased pain perception, lowers the level of cortisol, fighting stress and insomnia, improves lung function in asthmatic patients, reducing anxiety before surgery, especially in children; helps solve some dermatological problems, clean eyes and clear mucus nose and ears; combat cardiovascular problems, increases immune system functioning, improves boxes constipation contractures relaxes back …
Clearly, laughter makes us feel better, so it is important that we try everything we can laugh, and on our own or by attending workshops of laughter.
Already said Dr. Rubinstein: “Laughter is a real moral detoxifying able to cure or at least alleviate most of our ills. And besides, there is no danger if the dose is exceeded. “
Today, there have been many groups and associations engaged in organizing workshops of laughter. But, you know what they are?
Welcome to a kind of laughter therapy.
In the early 80s, dressed as a clown, Dr. Hunter “Match” Adams (his life was made into a film by actor Robin Williams) began to heal patients using laughter and humor as therapeutic tools. Today, in many hospitals, patients may benefit from the presence of these Doctors Smiles, therapists clowns with big shoes, balloons, big nose and lovingly make their ailments are a little more bearable.
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