10 Benefits of Having a Service or Therapy Dog When You Have Fibromyalgia

Service dogs are typically thought of as necessary companions for the visually impaired, but service and therapy dogs can be a practical solution for people with a variety of chronic illnesses, including fibromyalgia. As well as being a trusted friend, service dogs can expand owners' motor abilities, granting them new independence and allowing them to get more out of life. Here are just a few benefits of having a service dog, according to healthfitnessrevolution.com, mira.ca, the Lung Institute, and rover.com. Wheelchair Assistance Service dogs can be trained to pull wheelchairs and to help wheelchairs up ramps and onto sidewalks. They can also help their owner move in and out of the wheelchair. Anxiety Relief Having a chronic illness can bring about many emotional and mental health problems. The calming nature of service and therapy dogs can help ease anxiety and petting dogs is known to release endorphins and reduce stress. Retrieve Items Service dogs can help chronic disease patients by picking up dropped items and fetching items from other rooms, a vital service for someone who may find getting around difficult and painful. MORE: Seven tips for managing pregnancy and early motherhood with fibromyalgia. Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate There is evidence that stroking a dog and sitting next to a dog lowers blood pressure and heart rate. The soothing effects of their body heat may also help with pain relief. Improved Balance Walking with a service dog can help people with chronic diseases who have trouble with their balance. The dogs can also help prop their owners in place to prevent falls. Good Distraction Looking after a service dog gives people something to focus on other than their illness. It can help patients develop 
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  1. I starting a FaceBook training group for anyone who is considering or currently training a service dog for assisting with Fibromyalgia and/or MS related conditions.

    This group is to help those people wanting more information on getting or training their own service dog for Fibro/MS in all aspects from mobility to pressure therapy, understanding how the law applies both federally and in your state, what to look for in a potential K-9 partner and some of the many ways they can help.

    I have been a trainer for almost 25yrs now and help people to owner train dogs to assist themselves with a number of issues including Fibro.

    As a Fibro Warrior of over 20yrs now, I know it’s hard, every day, and these dogs can make a huge difference.

    If you know someone who has Fibro or MS and is looking for help with a service dog, feel free to pass this along.


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