While traditional forms of healing are the major focus of treating ailing
pets, there are alternatives. Some practitioners, including veterinarians,
are looking for effective alternative ways to treat dogs and cats. The
scope for expansion in this area of research and discovery is immense.
ability to combine the knowledge of the traditional and the alternative
is a positive goal.
(Please never substitute alternative methods for good veterinary care.
These are alternative options that may or may not be found useful to
Like Crystal therapy, the use of magnets may seem questionable to some
people. The application is very simple. A person adds magnets to a dog’s
collar or places them in his or her bedding. The belief is the magnets
are both calming and soothing substances. Practitioners also claim magnets
help decrease pain and speed up the healing process.
Of the many forms of alternative treatment massage can be the most fun
and practical. It is an excellent way to establish a good relationship
with your pet. It is therapeutic petting. Massage is also the specific
manipulation of your pet’s ligaments, muscles and joints to help
increase range and fluidity of movement. Massage can promote the healing
process by decreasing pain and increasing the flow of both the lymph
and the blood systems.
This is a variation or adaptation of chiropractics to suit the treatment
of small animals. This is spinal and joint and pelvis manipulation. It
is very gentle, very careful and very species specific. An expert consultation
is needed for chiropratic manipulations to be done safely and effectively
Physiotherapy has long been a tool of mainstream medical doctors. Like
Hydrotherapy, it is now gaining increased acceptability among vets. Physiotherapists
work with a doctor to help decreases pain, strengthen muscles and loosen
joints. Massage is one tool of a physiotherapist in restoring your dog
This practice is a form of therapeutic non-touch that some believe in.
It utilizes the energy forces of both the patient and the practitioner
The concept behind the practice of Reiki is to focus on specific body
points - the chakras. The Reiki practitioner uses his or her hands to
send and raise healing energy to course through the body. The Reiki person
is simply a conduit for the energy forces. In carrying out the work,
the practitioner’s hands flow above the pet’s body. The hands
may move in circles or remain still. There is no physical touching to
produce the result. The purpose of Reiki is to help a dog heal emotionally,
relieve any pain and promote physical healing.
Shiatsu bases its approach to the healing arts on ancient Eastern or
Asian medical concepts of body-mind healing, although it is a modern
Japanese invention. The treatment consists of the application of finger
pressure at specific points. The intent is to use the energy to help
the body heal.
This form of alternative healing is the invention of Linda-Tellington
Jones. It has as its basis the Feldenkras method, although it does include
or combine elements of other forms of massage and exercise. The TTouch
helps to ease pain. It also may speed up the rehabilitation process.
--Before proceeding with these forms of therapy please consult an expert
and research best practices to enssure the safety and best results for
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