I'm really blown away at how well this works for me. I figured it would but I hadn't had the chance to see it in action.
Clyde as a service animals for Chronic Sympathetic Reflex Dystrophy aka CRSD is going well. Of course he's only been on the job a few days but in those few days he's been spot on. The last two nights my legs spasmed so badly that I was screaming out. I don't intend to scream but it happens. The spasms go from my hip area to my knees. I've described this before like birth contractions. It's like I'm giving birth to a full size Shaquille O'Neal. So yeah, it makes me scream. However, I now have a new tool to assist with this pain. I am able to have Clyde lay on my legs, add his 60 pounds of pressure and body heat and help bring my pain level down to its baseline. Compression therapy helps with CRSD. It helps 'turn off' peripheral nerves so they don't respond to the blowing of the wind! It forces bound muscles to relax and it adds warmth. This really does work. Add to it that I'm on a memory foam mattress and laying on a heated blanket and you've got yourself a set up for healing.
I can't tell you how wonderful it has been to have Clyde here with me both times this week when my legs began to spasm. His assistance meant I didn't have the clean up that usually follows. No vomiting because the pain got to a level 10 with the spasms. No incontinence due to violent spasming. While I don't want to have to endure this at all, I do appreciate the blessing of it being a shorter period of time and of not having to go through this alone. Having a dog here with me (who is also helping) made enduring these times easier. I can't tell you how grateful I am to not have to endure this pain alone.
I had Mary Jane here with me and she was wonderful. I miss that girl something terrible. But a cat, for me, doesn't offer the same kind of comfort a dog does. We walk together outside, he sleeps beside me, he helps with pain and I do everything in my power to let him know how happy I am that he's here. He'll be spoiled rotten and will be worth every bit of it.
If you have CRSD or chronic pain, try getting a dog to lay on the part of your body that needs compression most. If you can't get a dog to do that then try getting a weighted blanket. Compression therapy does work well. I also use a topical of Juniper oil, Rosemary oil and Lavender oil daily. I believe this helps.