How to … Locate Acupressure Points on Your Pet

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Locate Acupressure Points on Your Pet

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
Acupressure for Dogs

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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 for your pets problems but to enhance the treatment plan you have developed with your veterinarian.


Locate Acupressure Points on Your Pet

Locate Acupressure Points on Your Pet

GV 26– Emergency Point for Resuscitation after Cardiac Arrest.   Location: Just below the nose and above the upper lip. It is a powerful point for reviving your animal after collapsing, becoming unconscious, experiencing shock, or developing cardiac arrest.

Activate this point with a series of staccato jabs with your fingertips. This will stimulate the production of epinephrine, the body’s fight or flight hormone. WARNING: Do not use on a conscious animal or you risk being bitten.

TIP: This is a good acupressure point to know if your dog is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or a Boxer or any other breed with genetic heart issues.

St 36- Master Point for Gastrointestinal Issues also called the Three Mile Point.  Location:  On the outside hind leg, just below the knee, in a clear depression in the middle of the muscle toward the front of the leg.

Benefits: Boosts energy, strengthens the whole body, especially immune system, aids digestion and relieves fatigue. Relieves arthritis, increases circulation/strength for lower legs, and it’s a powerful point for spleen, pancreas, stomach, and digestion. Helps relieve digestive problems, such as stomach bloat (GDV), diarrhea, vomiting of water, and constipation WARNING: It shouldn’t be used if a fever is present.

With your fingertips or thumb, use steady pressure on St 36 for thirty seconds to one minute or massage in a circular motion.

GV 14- Big Vertebra.   Location: On the midline of the back, where the neck vertebra meets the vertebra of the back. Lifting the head up and down, find the hinged place just in front of the “big” vertebra. Place your finger into the big hole there.

Benefits: Supports immune system.

LI 4- Joining the Valley Location: Inside the first toe, in the web between the dewclaw or where the dewclaw would be. – Master point for face, mouth, and head. It’s an important pain-reducing and immune system-building point.  Make sure you’re only holding skin, or it will be painful.

Benefits: Improves immune system, relieves pain in face, foreleg and toothaches.

LI 11- Crooked Pond Location: Lift the foot, flex the elbow, and you’ll find a crease forms on the outside of the elbow. Feel for the depression at the end of the crease, just in front of the bony prominence.

Benefits: Relieves immune system weaknesses, allergies, infections, constipation and fever. It’s good to use for pain relief, reducing fever, swelling, and diarrhea, and it benefits the immune system.

Liv 3- Bigger Rushing Location: On the inside hind paw, above the innermost toe. Find a slight depression about a third of the way between the top inside toe and the bottom of the ankle joint. Use broad strokes on the side and front paw area.

Benefits: Improves immune system, relieves headaches, eye and reproductive disorders, irritability and arthritis.

K 3- Bigger Stream Location: On the inside of the hind leg, just above the ankle in a large pocket.

Benefits: Boosts immune system, relieves ear problems.

“Bai Hui” – located at the lumbosacral junction, in front of the pelvis. This is the all-important “point of 100 meetings” in dogs. It strengthens the hind end. The point can be held with direct pressure, or a back-and-forth motion.

Acupressure can be a calming and energizing for both you and your pet.

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