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Acupressure

Acupressure is a non-invasive modality, balancing the energy channels of the body and creating both physical and emotional healing. Acupressure involves applying a light touch to specific points on the meridian lines (energy channels) of the body, and using association and ting points, the whole body can be rebalanced.​

Acupressure points can be found under dissection, they are where blood vessels, nerves, and fascia converge, and have a lower electrical resistance than the surrounding skin.

The acupressure therapy method has been founded in traditional chinese medicine, with exactly the same principles as acupuncture (which uses needles). Acupressure enables me to target hard-to-reach points which may not be safe for needles, there is no skin penetration, and it is particularly useful for needle-phobic and anxious dogs.

Certain points stimulate the release of endorphins; the body’s natural pain killers. By blocking pain, endorphins facilitate muscle relaxation, allowing oxygen rich blood flow to the area to promote healing.

By targeting these precise acupressure points along the meridians, we can release muscle tension and alleviate blockages in the flow of energy. This, in turn, not only helps to reduce discomfort and pain at the localized point but also has a ripple effect on other areas of the body, both musculoskeletally and viscerally (internal organs). Many studies show improved mental clarity, reduced fatigue, reduced anxiety, and other emotional benefits too.

In summary, acupressure's benefits encompass pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, safety, compatibility with other therapies, enhanced metabolism, improved blood flow, and muscle relaxation. These advantages make acupressure a powerful and versatile tool

Acupressure can also be combined with laser therapy, for an even deeper tissue response.

I incorporate some acupressure within physiotherapy sessions, but a full acupressure healing session is also available as a stand-alone treatment.

The frequency of acupressure depends on the animal's response to treatment, though I generally recommend starting with a couple of weekly sessions.

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