Your Guide to Acupressure
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The last months have been a particularly difficult time for all of us. Many of us had to restrict their movements, suffered from social isolation and loss of income. But not only humans had to cope with this crisis. Our pets have too!
Even though veterinary practices tried their best to keep up with the usual workload while taking extra measures to protect their staff and clients a large number of complementary treatments had to be cancelled.
The reasons are multifold. Time, Financial constraints, Worry to have more contacts than necessary…
Your Guide to Acupressure
INTRODUCTION | ANATOMY | GENERAL PROBLEMS
Welcome to Your Essential Guide to Acupressure for Dogs!
- How to prepare for an acupressure session with your dog.
There a few basic steps you should consider before you start an acupressure session with your dog.
Anatomical Basics & Massaging Techniques
- Getting Started: Directional Terms & Cun Measurements
Learn the anatomical directional terms and find out what meridians are. Read this section before you proceed with the following sections.
- Dog Anatomy: Bones & Joints
You don’t need to spend hours reading anatomy books for doing acupressure. But here are some basics that will help you locate the points.
- Meridian Map & Point Charts
Find maps of all meridians and point charts including the most important applications in practice.
- Point Work Techniques – Learning To Educate Your Hands
Doing Acupressure: Learn the basic techniques.
- 2 Points Every Dog Owner Should Know
One emergency point and one to calm your dog down.
- Chronic Pain In Your Pet And How To Soothe It
Chronic pain is one of the most underdiagnosed problems in veterinary medicine.
- Listlessness – Qi Deficiency
Being “off form” is a common symptom that accompanies all kinds of diseases. Lifting the spirits often speeds up recovery.
- Performance-Enhancing Points
Performance-enhancing points are not only useful for sports dogs but also for geriatric patients as they have an energizing effect.
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ARTHRITIS | INTERNAL CONDITIONS
Osteoarthritis & Neurologic Disorders
- Osteoarthritis: Joint & Muscle Pain
Here is a general introduction to osteoarthritis. Learn the different patterns of imbalance causing OA and how to treat them.
- Elbow Pain
Osteoarthritis affecting the elbow is a very common problem in dogs. Here are the most important points for pain relief.
- Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain is mostly caused by strains of the musculature or tendons. But osteoarthritis affecting the shoulder joint has to be considered too.
- Stifle Pain
Strains & tears affecting the cruciate ligaments are often involved in stifle injuries. Acupressure can support healing.
- Hip Problems
Hip dysplasia & arthritis of the hip joint are always a challenge to treat. Multimodal management is the key to success.
- Disk prolapse
Even though we don’t recommend to touch the back, there is a long list of points you can use to help dogs with spinal problems.
- Coughing & Wheezing
Respiratory problems are sometimes frustrating to treat. Here is a selection of points having a positive effect on the lungs.
- Common Skin Ailments: Itching
There are multiple reasons for scratching. These points help to reduce pruritus in most cases.
- Ear Infections
Allergies are responsible for most ear infections. Acupressure can be a valuable part of the multimodal treatment strategy.
- Heart Failure
The outcome of chronic cardiac failure management can be improved with acupuncture & acupressure.
- Digestive Complaints: Gastritis & Vomiting
A selection of points that have proven useful to alleviate acute symptoms of gastritis.
- Chronic Diarrhoea: IBD
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IDB) is a chronic ailment and hard to treat. Acupressure helps to balance the body and to bring down the inflammation.
Benefits of Acupressure
Commonly Asked Questions
No problem! This guide is designed for dog owners without prior knowledge.
This is great! Acupressure can help to keep him healthy & fit and prevent disease.
Not at all! Acupressure is basically a very simple massage technique. The key is that you massage the right spot. Our first-class images make it easy for you to locate those spots.
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Dr Felix Wilsmann, founder of Atlantic Points Veterinary Acupuncture & Chiropractic Care designed this guide during the COVID crisis to offer his patients a resource to bridge the gap until treatment sessions could be commenced.
This guide is intended as a source of information amongst others. The techniques described herein are meant to complement and not be a substitute for professional veterinary care or veterinary acupuncture. Any ailment, injury or change in behaviour should first be seen by a qualified veterinarian.