Please click on the title below to be taken to a video course hosted by eHow and Dawn Smith. There are 16 short videos covering many areas. Well worth studying.
Dawn Smith has been a traditional Chinese herbal medicine practitioner for six years and a registered veterinary technician over 20 years. Smith has practiced Chinese herbal therapy and taught acupressure techniques in England and California before moving to Cape Cod. She welcomes both human and animal clients at Classical Chinese Herbal Therapy.
Healing With Touch
Whether they are licking sore feet, rubbing a stiff shoulder into the grass, or swooning with delight as you rub their bellies or backs, dogs and cats know instinctively that touching feels good - and is good for them. Touching keeps them healthy. There are different forms of Touch Therapy, from massage to acupressure to the gentle application of a warm towel that can ease pain, reduce stress and help injuries heal more quickly. There is even evidence that serious internal problems like asthma and heart irregularities respond to hands-on care.
The great things with hands-on care is that you don't have to be a veterinarian to get results. Many forms of touch therapy, like massage and acupressure are easy to learn and safe to administer. And in some cases, they can reduce the need for drugs or risky and expensive medical treatments.
Elderly pets with arthritis, for example, can often regain their mobility and play like youngsters again when their owners spend a few minutes a day massaging and stretching their tight muscles and joints. Applying a cold pack to a sprained leg or injured tail almost instantly numbs the pain whilst reducing pain and swelling. It is even possible to control epileptic seizures with acupressure, a simple technique in which you apply finger pressure to specific points on the skin.
When you touch your pets, their heart rate decreases dramatically, which indicates that they are relaxing. In fact many holistic veterinarians use a technique called TTouch (pronounced tee-touch) to calm pets before and after veterinary treatments, thought to reduce stress and help pets heal more quickly.
As a bonus, the same touches that pets love are good for you too. Studies have found that animal owners who touch their pets lower their own blood pressure and stress levels, get fewer colds and backaches and are less likely to suffer from insomnia.
I have been using ACUPRESSURE on Casper for his Hip Dysplasia so want to concentrate mainly on that for the moment as it seems to be having great benefits for him.
How To Use Acupressure
The basic principles are easy to understand. Onec you know which acupressure points to target, you can help to trat many of your pet's problems yourself.
Most conditions need a combination of points to correct. Your veterinarian will show you which points you need to press for different conditions. Below are two diagrams where you can see many of the common acupressure points, along with the symptoms or parts of the body each point corresponds to.