If you’re a pet lover, your furry friend may be providing you much more than companionship. He or she may actually be adding years to your life! How? By improving your physical and mental health. Doctors of chiropractic, like Dr. Ruiz, focus on the connection between the mind, body and spirit when it comes to maximizing well-being. For many people, pet ownership enriches all three aspects of wellness.
Dr. Ruiz is concern about the rampant use of blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs, both of which have potentially serious side effects. Pet ownership, on the other hand, is an all-natural alternative to drugs: a perfect compliment to the chiropractic lifestyle philosophy of disease prevention.
Here’s what having a pet can do for you:
- Provides unconditional love
- Sparks socialization
- Creates extended family
- Reduces stress and drug use
- Encourages exercise
- Promotes intestinal health
- Diminishes dermatitis
- Provides early warning of seizures
Before dashing off to the animal rescue shelter or breeder, take time to research your options. Canine considerations should include breed, temperament, your activity level, the size of your home and yard, and the age of your children. Also, beware that carrying large, elderly or ill pets can spar low-back pain and misalignment of vertebrae, resulting in a condition known as vertebral subluxation. Dr. Ruiz can realign your spine, of course, so don’t shy away from the benefits of having a pet. If you have allergies, talk with Dr. Ruiz about your condition to explore your options, for there is always a pet that’s perfect for you!