Acupressure is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine wherein one applies gentle pressure on certain parts of the body to achieve a particular effect.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure and acupuncture are ancient forms of traditional Chinese medicine wherein one applies gentle pressure on certain parts of the body to achieve a particular effect. The goal of these treatments is to promote the movement of qi (“life energy”) through the 14 channels (meridians) inside the body. The main difference between the two treatments is that acupressure does not require the use of needles, making it a much safer and enjoyable option for pets!
How and When Can Acupressure be Beneficial to Pets?
The application of gentle pressure on certain parts of the body results in the release of specific hormones into the bloodstream, which can be a great way for your pets to relax, relieve anxiety, and can even lead to pain reduction in areas of chronic pain like the hind legs by increasing blood flow. In short, when coupled with healthy eating and exercise, acupressure has the ability to improve and manage behavioral issues, and medical conditions such as digestive ailments (inflammation and motility issues), respiratory issues (i.e. congestion and sinusitis in cats), neurologic problems such as traumatic nerve injuries and “back” dogs (aka intervertebral disk disease), and chronic pain/arthritis conditions.
Where are Some Acupressure Points on My Pet?
If you’re looking to perform a canine acupressure session, there are a few basic massage techniques that are very therapeutically beneficial for pets. One of them is finding the pressure points. There are a few acupressure points on your pet’s head and face called the yin tang point located between and above the eyes and the yang tang points located on either side of your pet’s eyes (similar to temples); massaging these points can be a substitute for pain medications and help with the flow of energy throughout their body. You can also massage your pet’s front legs, hips, and back legs in a circular motion. Another point is the sacral part of your pet’s back called Bai Hui or ‘Heaven’s Gate’; when stimulated, it helps with their internal organs, pain reduction, and anxiety at times. Using these techniques are highly recommended because there are many therapeutic and medical benefits of acupressure points.
Who Can I Visit to Receive Professional Acupressure Treatment?
If you think your pet is suffering from a medical condition and may benefit from acupressure intervention, contact a veterinary acupuncture practitioner or your primary care veterinarian for more information. TelePAWS is proud to have a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist on our staff.