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Type: Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Acupressure

Acupressure, like acupuncture, is based on concepts from traditional Asian medicine.  Specifically, that the body has a vital energy, called chi (qi), which flows through channels called meridians.  Using pressure from fingers placed at specific points over the meridians, practitioners believe that they can promote a more harmonious flow of chi, which leads to relaxation and healing.
In dogs, acupressure is most commonly used as a complementary therapy in rehabilitation. Unlike acupuncture, no needles or other invasive tools are needed, meaning it can be done at home by an average dog owner.
Acupressure practictioners can be certified by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM).

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is based on concepts from traditional Asian medicine.  Specifically, that the body has a vital energy, called chi (qi), which flows through channels called meridians.  Practitioners claim that creating a harmonious flow in the body’s chi by unblocking disruptions leads to improved relaxation and functioning.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue at points along the body’s meridians.  Holistic veterinarians and other practitioners can use acupuncture as part of rehabilitation after illness, injury, or surgery, or with the aim of reducing pain from an ongoing condition, among other things.

Practitioners can be certified through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.