Acupressure for dogs is used as a type of external medicine, if you will, to treat dog injuries and other dog health problems including arthritis, hip dysplasia, back problems, allergies and more.
Based on an ancient form of Chinese healing that all bodily functions are regulated by a flow of energy or life-force called qi (pronounced chee). This life-force moves through energy channels of the body called meridians.
Acupressure for dogs is aimed to correct imbalances in the dog's qi, which according to its practitioners, can result in disease or sickness. The healing process begins by applying pressure with your fingers to specific pressure points on your dog's body. To locate your dog's acupoints, simply run your fingers down your Schnauzer's body feeling for indentations or sunken areas. These are the acupoints and where pressure will be applied. Keep in mind, you are putting pressure on the hollows only. You never want to put any pressure on bony areas.
The following videos by Dawn Smith from Traditional Chinese Therapy demonstrates further the proper way to perform acupressure for dogs. Watch and learn how this technique can be used to help alleviate or relieve illness or injury in your dog.
There seems to be some confusion between the difference in the alternative treatments of acupressure and acupuncture. Acupressure actually utilizes the same principles as acupuncture however, acupuncture is done by a practitioner using needles whereas acupressure can be performed by layperson, since pressure is applied only by one's fingers onto the acupoints.
Other similar alternative and external therapies for your Schnauzer include dog reflexology and dog massage therapy. Canine reflexology uses pressure and massage of the dog's paws. You apply pressure to each pad and a gentle massage between them.Dog Massage therapy is more of a full body head to tail massage using gentle long strokes.
5 Important Acupoints on your Miniature Schnauzer
While there are many pressure points all over your dog's body, here are 5 key acupoints for relief:
Important Tips and Reminders:
Although not meant as a replacement for traditional medical care, holistic treatments such as canine acupressure, can provide pain relief, reduce your dog's stress, or support the overall well-being of your Miniature Schnauzer. Be sure to discuss it with your veterinarian on your next visit.
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