Cat-Assisted Therapy for Chronic Pain & Physical Disabilities

Cat-assisted therapy is a type of animal-assisted therapy that involves the presence of cats to help individuals cope with chronic pain and physical disabilities

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The benefits of cat-assisted therapy include reduced stress and anxiety, improved mood, increased social interaction, and decreased perception of pain

Stress and anxiety

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Oxytocin

One of the primary mechanisms by which cat-assisted therapy works is through the release of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes feelings of bonding and relaxation

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Cat-assisted therapy can be particularly effective for individuals with chronic pain and physical disabilities who may be limited in their ability to engage in physical activity

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Studies have shown that cat-assisted therapy can lead to decreased reliance on pain medication, improved physical function, and increased quality of life

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presence of cats

The presence of cats has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals with cardiovascular issues

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Cat-assisted therapy can be implemented in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers

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Cats used in cat-assisted therapy are specially trained to interact with individuals in a gentle and non-threatening manner

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In addition to the physical benefits of cat-assisted therapy, the presence of cats can also provide emotional support

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Cat-assisted therapy is a complementary therapy that can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy and medication

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