Get a Pet: Your Back May Thank You

Owning a pet isn’t for everyone, but for about twenty-five years, the evidence has been flowing in favor of those who are up to the responsibility—even those who suffer from chronic pain. If you suffer from mild to moderate back or joint pain, getting a pet might sound like a strange idea. But having a furry animal companion, provided you’re able to care for it properly, can have far-reaching health benefits.

Staying Flexible With Fido

Even when your back is sore, life usually needs you to keep moving. And there’s no better incentive to take a stroll than a well-trained canine companion. The need to take a walk a few times a day, or do a training program with your dog, instead of flopping on the couch after work, will mean better physical fitness in the long run. And keeping fit is the best possible gift to give your back.

The Total-Health Package

Humans have known for millennia that dogs are great to have around. And now, decades of studies—from stressed-out stockbrokers to elderly heart-attack survivors—have shown that having pets can increase good health and even lengthen our life. The list of proven benefits of pet ownership continues to grow.

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Reduced depression
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Higher survival rates among pet owners
  • Increased physical fitness
  • Greater social engagement: animal-lovers always have something to talk about

Chronic pain—especially back pain—can have a major impact on your quality of life, but you might be surprised by some help on four legs. By soothing our stress, keeping us active, giving us an excuse to talk to others, or even just being a warm body at our feet, pets can have as much to offer us as we offer them.  At Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, we specialize in looking at the whole picture, and we’re happy to talk anytime about how you can eliminate your pain. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (770) 421-1420 or clicking on our web contact form.

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