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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.
- 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 kind of disease. Lifting the spirits often speeds up recovery.
- Performance-Enhancing Points
Performance-enhancing points are not only useful for sports dog but also for geriatric patients as they have an energizing effect.
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.
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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.