Our approach to the use of acupressure for animals follows the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. The body has vital energy called “chi” or “qi” that flows along invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. There are thought to be at least 14 meridians connecting our organs with other parts of our body. Acupressure points lie on those meridians and when the flow of qi is blocked at any point on a meridian, it’s thought to be the cause of ailments and lead to disease anywhere along the meridian.
That’s why properly applied pressure to an acupressure point in the foot to relieve a headache.
We believe that acupressure for animals promotes the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body, called endorphins. Many practitioners also believe that the pressure may somehow influence the body’s autonomic nervous system.
Acupressure is terrific for pets who suffer with:
- Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy / morning sickness
- Motion sickness
- Nausea after surgery
- Nausea due to chemotherapy
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Muscle tension and pain
Pets suffering from osteoporosis, a recent fracture or injury, are easily bruised, have a bleeding disorder, have a circulatory problems from diabetes, and pet’s using anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications) that “thin” the blood should avoid acupressure unless under the supervision of a qualified therapist.
Pet’s that are pregnant should have a doctor’s consultation before beginning an acupressure regimen. We never apply acupressure on the abdominal area or to certain points on the leg if a pet is pregnant.
Lastly, our training and experience have taught us to never apply acupressure over open wounds, bruises, varicose veins, or any area that is bruised or swollen.