Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique similar to acupuncture. Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). It focuses on restoring the energy balance in the body and promoting healing. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. For treatment physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure is applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices, and is gentle, and non-invasive. It has been used for over 5,000 years.
Primary used in humans, but it is becoming a common practice for dogs as an alternative remedy to help relieve many symptoms. There are more than 150 pressure points found on a dog’s body.
Condition it can help:
- Reproductive Disorders
- Back and Musculoskeletal problems
- Skin Conditions
- Pain Relief
- Neurological Disorders
Acupressure points are found in depressions between the muscles and the bones and will feel like a sight dip in the tissue. They are almost never on a bone like an elbow but will be immediately next to it. Some professionals say they can feel temperature changes at the acupoints which alert them to problems. A warm point indicates an area of an acute blockage. Compared to a cold point where its more of a chronic state, and the energy has depleted from that area.
Any injury can cause disruption in the flow of chi and blood. Using acupressure points, also called “acupoints,” you can help re-establish the flow of chi and blood through an injured area thus creating the healing environment. The movement of chi and blood through the damaged tissue helps distribute the nutrients the body needs to heal quickly and well.
Acupressure is not meant to replace routine veterinary care essential to your dog's overall health and well-being. You dog's symptoms may be caused by an underlying health condition that requires medical attention. Also, because acupressure can be painful when performed incorrectly. Visit a certified professional to learn more about the technique. Veterinarians specializing in holistic healing can perform these procedures at their offices or assist you with at-home instructions.
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