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February 2013

Overview Of Alternate Therapies For Pets

I am a firm believer that Western and Eastern Veterinary practices work well together. They enhance each other, amplifying the benefits of both. I have compiled a short overview of available alternate therapies for pets for your reading pleasure.

1. Acupressure

 A practitioner uses fingers or whole hands to apply pressure to specific points on the body. The points are called acupoints and lie along lines of energy flow called meridians. The stimulation of these points restores correct flow of energy throughtout the body. An ailment or disease corresponds to an acupoint that is blocked. It aids in preventing and treatment various ailments.

2. Acupuncture

 This is either the insertion of thin needles or electrical charges on the acupoints to target stimulation of the nervous system. The nervous system is the body's communication network. It can alter both biochemical and physiologic properties. 

3. Aromatherapy

There are different aspects to essential use.  There is the emotional balance, memories, subtle energy and all over feel good.  There is also a physical healing. All essential oils are antiseptic, antimicrobial, detoxifying, regulating, revitalizing and assist with the exchange of oxygen and nutrients. They must be therapeutic grade and if being used on cats, must be hydrosols. During the distillate process of getting oils from plants, a by-product is achieved in a water-soluble base compatible with the most sensitive needs of felines. These hydrolats contain many of the same chemical compounds, but in an a safer dosage. 

4. Chiropractic

A veterinary chiropractor restores function and mobility to the compromised vertebra in an effort to re-establish neurologic transmissions. They use their hands to identify areas of restriction and applies a precise thrust on the immobile anatomical structures. This treatment restores the normal motion of the vertebra by removing neurological interference. When the nerves can efficiently communicate with all the structures in your animals’ bodies, they will begin to heal from within.

5. Craniosacral Therapy 

First developed for people by Dr. John Upledger, it is a gentle hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the physiological body system called the craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. Since the craniosacral system directly affects the central nervous system, an imbalance there can cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. A practitioners goal is to correct any restrictions by engaging the body’s self-healing mechanisms, so that the body can release the effects of injury, pain and stress.

6. Crystal Therapy

Crystal Therapy works on the scientific principal of entrainment. That’s where the Dominant Oscillary Resonance (DOR) of one objects affects the Lesser Oscilliary  Resonance (LOR) of another object. For example: you may remember the science experiment in grade school where the teacher brought out several tuning forks and placed them around the room. She made one of the tuning forks vibrate and shortly afterwards they all did. That's entrainment. Crystals have measureable stable frequencies. People and animals frequencies are unstable due to stress, poor diet, viruses, illness, etc. A stable crystal’s frequency placed around or on the pet can entrain the pets DOR back to where it belongs so the body can start to heal itself.

7. Herbalist

They can fall into two categories. One is a Chinese Herbalist and the other is a Western Herbalist.

Herbalism for pets uses knowledge of plant medicines and their therapeutic applications to relieve and prevent illness. They also promote healing and good health within the pet. Herbal prescriptions are tailored for individual pets. They may be taken internally (e.g. tablets, powders) or applied externally (via creams, ointments).

8. Hydrotherapy

It is the therapeutic use of water to restore and maintain the good health of your pet. Water can be used internally and externally for disease and trauma treatment, rehabilitation and disease and injury prevention. It can be used in three forms - solid (ice), liquid (water) and gas (steam/sauna). 

9. Massage

Massage for pets is the therapeutic use of touch to restore the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues) in their body to their optimum state.They apply pressure or vibration to the affected area.

10. Polarity

 Polarity Therapy is a comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork, diet, and exercise. It works within the animals Energy Field. 

11. Reiki

Rei means “spirit,” and Ki means “energy,” so, the word Reiki translates as “spiritual energy.” Reiki is us a Japanese energy healing system originally designed for spiritual development and is now used today for “hands-on” healing. Reiki is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle, noninvasive and doesn't require physical contact. For animals who are healthy, Reiki helps to maintain their health, enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment. 

12. Sound Therapy

Sound Therapy is founded on the premise that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies. There are many studies to support that music profoundly affects animals. The use of nature sounds, natural instruments, and other sounds have specific healing frequencies.

13. Ttouch

The Tellington Method is comprised of four components:

1. Gentle body work called Tellington TTouch comprised of circular touches, lifts, and slides

2. Movement exercises in "The Playground for Higher Learning"  

3. The use of harnesses and other equipment  

4.Intention with the realization that you can "Change Your Mind & Change Your Animal.”


I hope this has inspired you to delve a little deeper in any of these modalities.