Relieve Your Pets Anxiety with Acupressure
Based on the same theory as acupuncture, acupressure has been used widely in the East for at least 3000 years. In China, it is currently practiced even more widely than acupuncture. Conventional medical studies and thousands of years of clinical experience have shown that acupressure:
- Relieves muscle spasms
- Builds the immune system
- Strengthens muscles, tendons, joints and bones
- Balances energy to optimize the body’s natural ability to heal
- Releases natural cortisone to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Releases endorphins necessary to increase energy or decrease pain
- Enhances mental clarity and calm required for focus in training and performance
- Resolves injuries more readily by increasing the blood supply
Some health problems can be aggravated by acupressure if you are working around an injured area. Do not apply acupressure directly to wounds, bruises, cuts or surgical incisions, you could damage tissue and increase pain. However, it can be helpful to press points that are near an injury in order to increase circulation in the area. Use only the points that are not painful. If your pet indicates he is in pain when you touch a point, you are too close to the injury.
This is not meant to be the only treatment to Relieve Your Pets Anxiety with Acupressure but to enhance the treatment plan you have developed with your veterinarian.
Acupoints for Calming
P6-Inner Gate Location: Find the sole pad behind the wrist on the front leg. Move up the leg to the depression between two tendons that run up the back of the leg.
Benefits: Boosts immune system, relieves nausea, vomiting, balances internal organs and calms the spirit.
H 7 Spirit’s Gate Location: It is located just above the “wrist” on the forelimb, in the depression (slightly over) formed by the tendon and the joint.
Benefits: This point is known to calm the dog’s spirit as well as strengthen and clear his mind.
GB 20- Located under the occipital bone, below the back of the head, in the depression (“dimples”) found in the nape of the neck, at the base of the skull.
Benefits: It balances nervousness and irritability, seizures, and sinus infection.
H 1- Calming Point Location: Armpit region of upper body. Find the deepest spot in the center of the armpit crease, about halfway from the front to back.
Benefit: relieves anxiety
SAMPLE SESSION FOR ANXIETY USING H 1
Gently stroke the armpit region with a flat hand, following the direction of the hair from front to back. After a few strokes, gently place your fingertips in the armpit crease. Find the deepest spot in the center of the crease, about halfway from the front to back. Take a look at the photo for guidance.
Now gently press and hold the point while breathing deeply. When you breathe deeply your body and mind relaxes. When you are relaxed it lets your dog know she’s safe and invites her to relax with you. Maintain pressure for 10 to 60 seconds or as long as your dog stays receptive. Then SLOWLY release pressure and finish off with a few more flat hand strokes.
The more acupressure your dog receives, the quicker she’ll respond to your touch. If your dog is prone to anxiety, use this point regularly (daily if possible) so she becomes accustomed to it. Then in a time of stress, she will remember these quiet moments of connection and be able to relax more quickly. Relieve Your Pets Anxiety with Acupressure.