ProHealth me-cfs Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

|
|

Trending News

The Muscle-Brain Connection in ME/CFS Revealed

The Neurobiology of ME/CFS

Simmaron Foundation’s Immunology Workshop: The Forefront of Diagnosing and Treating ME/CFS

P2P: The Question They Will Not Ask

Adrenal Burnout? Naturally Boost Your Energy & Manage Stress

Smartphone app and specialised clinic for chronic fatigue patients

Human herpesvirus 6 and the nervous system

VIDEO: Stuff Healthy People Say to Sick People

Characterization of Natural Killer Cell Phenotypes in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyel...

VIDEO: Dr. Newton Talks About Biomarkers and the Future of ME/CFS Treatment

 
Print Page
Email Article

Therapy Dogs in Waiting Room Help Reduce FM Symptoms

  [ 58 votes ]   [ 1 Comment ]
www.ProHealth.com • December 12, 2012


Therapy Dogs in Waiting Room Help Reduce FM SymptomsArticle:

Impact of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Outpatients with Fibromyalgia
– Source: Pain Medicine, November 21, 2012

By Dawn A. Marcus, et al.

Abstract:

Objectives:  Animal-assisted therapy using dogs trained to be calm and provide comfort to strangers has been used as a complementary therapy for a range of medical conditions. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of brief therapy dog visits for fibromyalgia patients attending a tertiary outpatient pain management facility compared with time spent in a waiting room.

Design:  Open label with waiting room control.

Setting:  Tertiary care, university-based, outpatient pain management clinic.

Subjects:  A convenience sample of fibromyalgia patients was obtained through advertisements posted in the clinic.

Interventions:  Participants were able to spend clinic waiting time with a certified therapy dog instead of waiting in the outpatient waiting area. When the therapy dog was not available, individuals remained in the waiting area.

Outcome Measures: Self-reported pain, fatigue, and emotional distress were recorded using 11-point numeric rating scales before and after the therapy dog visit or waiting room time.

Results:  Data were evaluated from 106 therapy dog visits and 49 waiting room controls, with no significant between-group demographic differences in participants. Average intervention duration was 12 minutes for the therapy dog visit and 17 minutes for the waiting room control.

Significant improvements were reported for pain, mood, and other measures of distress among patients after the therapy dog visit, but not the waiting room control. Clinically meaningful pain relief (?2 points pain severity reduction) occurred in 34% after the therapy dog visit and 4% in the waiting room control.

Outcome was not affected by the presence of comorbid anxiety or depression.

Conclusions:  Brief therapy dog visits may provide a valuable complementary therapy for fibromyalgia outpatients.

Source: Pain Medicine, November 21, 2012 By Dawn A. Marcus, C.D. Bernstein, J.M. Constantin, F.A. Kunkel, P. Breuer, R.B. Hanion. Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.




Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 

Dogs or Cards
Posted by: IanH
Dec 12, 2012
Significant improvements were reported for pain, mood, and other measures of distress among patients after the therapy dog visit.

How long after?
You would expect some distractive and relaxant effect from playing with dogs (good gods).

You would probably get the same results if the experimental group played cards.

WOW, this tell us a lot about FM and how to deal with it!
Reply Reply
 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Immune Support Supplements

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
MitoQ® MitoQ®
Powerful Antioxidant Support to Mitochondria
Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 your brain needs for detox & sharpness
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium

Natural Remedies

Reversing Neurodegeneration with a New Magnesium Compound Reversing Neurodegeneration with a New Magnesium Compound
Magnesium + Malic Acid: One-Two Punch for Pain & Fatigue Magnesium + Malic Acid: One-Two Punch for Pain & Fatigue
Undenatured Type II Collagen - Chicken Soup for Your Joints Undenatured Type II Collagen - Chicken Soup for Your Joints
The Big Blue Fish that Helps Chase the Blues Away The Big Blue Fish that Helps Chase the Blues Away
Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45% Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia 101
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS 101
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE
CONTACT US
PRIVACY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing