My Dog Saved My Life

Dr. Ron, my dog saved my life,” one of my patients told me recent­ly.

My chron­ic pain and fibromyal­gia had got­ten real­ly bad and I didn’t have the ener­gy to do any­thing.   I was just about able to drag myself out of bed twice a day to take my dog for a walk.

dog wants to walk

That’s when she decid­ed that she wasn’t going to do her busi­ness with­in 400 yards or so of my house.  I don’t know why, but she insist­ed on walk­ing part way around the block before she’d stake her ter­ri­to­ry.

Nat­u­ral­ly, I had to walk with her whether I want­ed to or not.  At the time, that was just about my only phys­i­cal activ­i­ty.  And no mat­ter how low my ener­gy was, the right amount of light phys­i­cal exer­cise is actu­al­ly good for some­one with fibromyal­gia.

That was the begin­ning of my recov­ery.  Grad­u­al­ly she’d take me far­ther and far­ther.  How did she know that was the per­fect thing for me?  I owe it all to my dog…”


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

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