How Does Fibromyalgia Pet Therapy Relieve Pain
Studies have shown that when visited by dogs, chronically ill patients warded in hospitals have experienced a lower level of stress. Studies also show that petting a dog provides relaxation and has calming effects on all people. This results in better communication, improved learning and awareness. Therefore these reasons explain why pet therapy has become a norm even in clinics, hospitals and schools. They assist the deaf, blind, physically disabled individuals and those suffering from certain illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.
Many fibromyalgia patients believe that their dogs have helped to improve their ability to cope with pain. In fact, some patients constantly hug their dogs to help alleviate their pain. This is because the body heat of dogs serve as heat therapy, which helps reduce pain. Domesti-PUPS, an organization that trains and socializes dogs stated that almost 20 percent of their clients are suffering from fibromyalgia.