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Acupuncture
Acupressure

 

Acupuncture/acupressure stimulates the nerves, which causes a speedy recovery by relaxing muscle spasms, increasing blood circulation, releasing endorphins as well as cortisol (a natural anti-inflammatory). These techniques open specific pathways which qi (life energy) flows. When one pathway is closed off or shut down, the life energy either quits flowing or slows down drastically. Some problems that can be resolved through the use of acupuncture/acupressure are:

  • Vomiting, diarrhea, and urinary obstruction. Either one can also be used for helping respiratory ailments.
     
  • If your dog has undergone a spinal, hip, stifle (= our knee/elbow), other orthopedic or neurosurgical procedures, or if he or she is recovering from a major illness or undergoing cancer treatment, you may wish to explore acupuncture/acupressure with your veterinarian.

  • When medical conditions do not respond to traditional treatments or if the dog is suffering from side effects from diseases, drugs or other forms of therapy (ie. radiation), the option of using acupuncture or acupressure should be considered.

  • Where there is pain from any source, including arthritis, acupuncture/acupressure is especially effective.

Additional information including the history of acupuncture can be found at http://www.acupuncture.com/animals/dog.htm

The major difference between acupuncture and acupressure is that acupuncture uses needles inserted into the meridians, while acupressure is done using your fingers. You can practice acupressure on your dog any time he/she needs it. One thing to always keep in mind is how much pressure you use on your dog. Whether it be acupressure or massage, it is highly important that you know the amount of pressure to use.

Acupuncture requires education and you should never try to do it on your dog without the certification and educational knowledge. In fact, much like in our human world, canine acupuncturists must be licensed and certified in order to practice in the community.


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