The Science Behind Animal-Assisted Therapy

@article{Marcus2013TheSB,
  title={The Science Behind Animal-Assisted Therapy},
  author={Dawn A. Marcus},
  journal={Current Pain and Headache Reports},
  year={2013},
  volume={17},
  pages={1-7}
}
  • D. Marcus
  • Published 22 February 2013
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Current Pain and Headache Reports
Animal-assisted therapy is a complementary medicine intervention, typically utilizing dogs trained to be obedient, calm, and comforting. Several studies have reported significant pain relief after participating in therapy dog visits. Objective reports of reduced pain and pain-related symptoms are supported by studies measuring decreased catecholamines and increased endorphins in humans receiving friendly dog visits. Mirror neuron activity and disease-perception through olfactory ability in dogs… 
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