The newest prescription for pain is here. But you won’t find this one at the pharmacy.
Head to the local PET SHELTER to fill that “prescription” instead.
Because, according to researchers, a furry friend is FAR more than just a companion. A pet can ALSO be powerful medicine in the fight against pain.
And if you have a pet yourself… whether it’s a pooch, kitty cat, or chinchilla keep reading. Because I’m going to reveal how a new study has shown us how to MAXIMIZE those pain-fighting benefits.
I’ll explain exactly how to ENHANCE your pet’s natural ability to help make you feel better one bark, purr, or snuffle at a time.
A pet could be YOUR secret weapon against pain
The new study, which focused on older pain patients with a cat or dog (or both), finds that most pet owners ALREADY believe their companions offer REAL world benefits.
The volunteers confirmed that being a pet owner leads to a better mood, more uplifting interactions, and an easier path to relaxation.
Pets also offer a welcome distraction, helping people forget all about their pain, temporarily, as they play with their pals, according to the new study.
Some pet owners even reported that their pets help them to sleep better.
I know, I know. I suppose all this sounds a little sappy. Sure, we all love our furry friends… but relieving pain? Could that possibly even be real?
It turns out, YES!
2 ways pets fight aches to agony
There are two DISTINCT and REAL ways pets can chase off pain and “fetch” some good times for you. And their especially true if you’re a little on the older side.
One is biological… the other more psychological. And they BOTH work.
And once you KNOW these secret pain-relieving tricks, it’s easy to MAXIMIZE the natural pain-fighting benefits of being a pet parent…
Biological: It may sound strange at first. But research proves that pain patients often get REAL and LASTING relief when they keep more active, even if it’s a simple activity like a daily walk.
The trouble is many people don’t move enough since pain can make it hard to find the motivation to get up and go.
But not when you have a pet! They don’t take “no” for an answer when it’s time to walk or play – so even if you don’t “feel like it,” the playful tugs and outright demands of your pet will keep you moving.
Psychological: Many people suffering from chronic pain withdraw. They don’t interact with friends and loved ones much because they’re too focused on their pain. And that self-imposed solitude is proven to worsen pain (and trigger other problems, also).
Again, it’s your pet to the rescue, giving you a companion to talk to and engage with. And studies show playing with a pet… even just petting your pal… can release pain-fighting “feel-good” chemicals in your brain such as endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin. It’s the perfect prescription for erasing, pain, stress, and loneliness.
Adoption isn’t your ONLY option
If you HAVE a pet, you’re already in the purrrrfect position to enjoy the benefits. But if you don’t have one already, then don’t necessarily rush out and get one.
The benefits ARE great, but caring for a pet requires a commitment. So just make sure you’re ready, and that you pick a pet that’s the right match for YOU.
If you do adopt a furry or feathered friend besides pain relief, you can expect to see your stress level plummet and your heart attack and stroke risk drop like a stone too. Some research has even found there are BIG psychological benefits to caring for non-fluffy pets such as goldfish.
Not ready to provide a forever home for a pet? No problem! There’s another way to get those same benefits.
Some shelters let you “foster” pets to give temporary care until a permanent home is found. And most will let you come in as a volunteer to help care for and play with pets in the shelter itself.
All the benefits, none of the commitment!