FAQ’s

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Questions regarding holistic and alternative treatments for your pet are very personal. The list of frequently asked questions, below, is pretty broad and inclusive. However, if your situation is not be addressed here simply click here to ask us directly.

Many birds respond well to touch and massage.Because Reiki is healing energy, it will never harm your bird. If your bird has emotional problems due to a traumatic situation such as abuse or neglect, Reiki can help release and heal those emotions. Reiki can also help a bird to relax and reduce their stress and anxiety.

Photonic therapy is also a very effective healing process for our fine feathered friends.

Reiki treatments can expedite healing to a bird that has been sick or injured. If a bird is facing a serious illness, Reiki treatments can help provide comfort, and be a great compliment to conventional treatment. While Reiki may not be a cure for the most serious of illnesses, treatments can help to ease your bird’s pain and suffering, as well as reduce stress, as they undergo conventional treatments.

Some larger birds also respond very favorably to massage and acupressure. Many birds become quite calm and quiet when undergoing a massage treatment.

Many cats benefit from acupressure treatmentsWe certainly would not want to treat a cat (or any animal) suffering from a recent fracture! But the benefits of acupressure are enormous, plus its fun to see cats in such a state of total relaxation!

When most people think about acupressure they tend to think only about the benefits it can have for people. However, acupressure can also provide great benefits for dogs, cats, or other pets. We all know that most dogs love to be touched, petted and massaged, and they respond very well to this type of therapy. But so do a surprising number of cats!

Used alone or in conjunction with massage, acupressure may provide a significant improvement in your pet’s health.

Running dogs love massage for recovery!Just as massage is very important in sports, it is equally beneficial to animals. We are frequently asked to provide massage treatments to race horses and work dogs. But nearly every animal will derive some benefit from massage (and acupressure, too).

What we think of as muscle are actually bundles of muscle, and those are made up of large amounts of muscle fibrils. When people and animals develop larger muscle lots of small tears in the muscle fibers occur. These are repaired with scar tissue, a process that can take up to 72 hours. As we know from professional athletes, scar tissue needs to be broken down for flexibility to return to the muscle.

Stretching and massage is proven to help with improving scar tissue flexibility. Stretching helps the muscle regain its natural shape, by providing greater blood flow to the injured area. Massage also helps the connective tissue, by becoming more elastic, thus allowing the muscle to also return to its natural shape. Massage also increases blood flow to the affected area, and provides a healthy environment for the cells to recuperate.

Just like in people, it is imperative for animals to maintain a full range of motion — otherwise other parts of their body will be tasked with compensating and forced to take up a greater workload. Over time this creates more issues throughout the body, which is designed to increase support to an area that is injured or stressed. This may lead to more scar tissue, and thickening of the tendon and ligaments, which may lead to permanent dysfunction of an affected area.

Massage Therapy can be a very powerful tool in injury prevention for animals. It is also highly recommended for recovery from strenuous workouts of racing.

Want more proof? Every triathon has a massage tent after the finish line!

Race horses benefit from massage.Most owners and trainers want a winner. They know that there are a lot of factors that impact a winning horse, from bloodlines and  training, to ground conditions, and even the jockey. A particular animal can have all the right advantages in these areas, but if it has muscle soreness and tension that is not alleviated the animal’s performance will be hindered.

60 percent of the horse’s body is made up of muscle tissue, so it is essential to care for the muscles properly. Appropriate nutrition and conditioning are important for the horse to have healthy muscle tissue.

Animal massage therapy can benefit the horse’s muscles. Some of the benefits that can be gained from massage include:

  • Loosening of tight muscles
  • Increasing circulation
  • Decreasing inflammation and stiffness
  • Removal of toxins from muscle tissues
  • Increased performance

A horse cannot run freely and give its best effort if the horse’s muscles are sore and tight from overuse. Regular massage sessions can provide all of these benefits, plus a heightened state of relaxation.

Photon therapy has been used to treat many conditions. In people and animals these include injuries from sports, auto accidents, work injuries, or painful diseases such as back, neck, hip or knee pain. A few of the advantages are:

  • Faster healing: accelerates fibroblast development in damaged tissue as well as stimulating bone and cartilage regeneration
  • Anti-inflammatory action: reduces swelling and accelerates healing times of soft tissue injuries
  • Increased vascular activity: results in an increase of microcirculation of lymphatics and small blood vessels in injured tissue
  • Stimulates nerve function: accelerates the regeneration of damaged nerves
  • Fast: typical treatment is only 10 minutes
  • Nonpharmalogical: no hidden side effects
  • Non-invasive: unlike acupuncture or injections, the skin is not physically penetrated
  • Economical: costs less than other therapy and offers greater benefits

Each patient and each diagnosis requires a different quantity of care. A usual trial of treatment is four sessions to document sustained improvement. If we do not see steady improvement we will cease the treatments.

Happy cat after a photonic light treatment.Photon therapy works in four general ways:

a) localized muscles relaxers
b) localized anti-inflammatory
c) localized pain reliever
d) to help injured nerves heal

Because there are no drugs used, we are able to target specific areas that are to be treated. Plus, unlike medicines, there are no side effects “all over the body”. Sometimes the pet does feel more relaxed all over because their symptoms have changed. This is related to the restoration of the parasympathetic nervous system.

Most animals (and people, too) feel no sensations other than the movement of air from my movements. The level the intensity of the lamp may sometimes provide a warmth sensation.

There are NO electric shocks or burning sensations.