As you know by know, we LOVE dogs here at Connected Chiropractic in Johnstown. We thought this article would be a fun read for all of our followers! Read it below and schedule your chiropractic appointment with a dog-loving chiropractic office!
A report given at the November, 1999 meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Atlanta found that pets may well outperform high blood pressure medication at reducing stress-related spikes in blood pressure.
Dr. Karen Allen, of the State University of New York at Buffalo, says “we’ve shown over and over that it’s beneficial to be with a pet when you’re under stress.”
In the study, 48 stockbrokers were asked to perform stress-tests at home which were designed to produce stress-related spikes in their blood pressure. They succeeded; their pressure reached an average peak of 184/126. Readings under 140/90 are considered normal.
The stockbrokers were prescribed the blood pressure medication lisinopril and half of them received a dog or a cat as a pet.
Six months later, researchers performed a second round of stress tests. The blood pressure of the stockbrokers without pets reached highs of 141/94, easily considered high if sustained for a length of time.
Those stockbrokers who owned pets never achieved a first number in their readings higher than 130, well within normal readings. Stress peaks in the second numbers of their readings reflect similar reductions.
As a result, the researchers concluded that the pets were better at reducing stress-induced spikes in blood pressure.
By way of commentary, we can personally vouch for the positive effects that the unconditional love and acceptance from a good dog can have upon one’s health. The healing power of a big, wet, sloppy dog kiss can’t be underestimated.
We highly recommend it for everyone, even Dr. Brad just got a new puppy.