Porter receives an acupressure treatment from Heather

“I have never hesitated to heartily recommend Heather Sanders for veterinary acupressure work. Her expertise in her field is unsurpassed.”

M. Holiday, DC

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Acupressure is a 5000-year-old complementary medicine technique that uses the same principles and point locations as acupuncture, but is carried out through the use of touch and finger pressure instead of needles. Canine acupressure is a completely safe, non-invasive, deceptively gentle, yet remarkably effective type of bodywork.

Acupressure is a great way to treat:

Acupressure is based on the ancient concept of chi, which is the “vital life force energy” that circulates throughout the body. By using over 360 key pressure points on the body to encourage the flow of energy (chi) to the related physiological systems and internal organs, the acupressure practitioner promotes the body’s natural ability to heal.

Only when the body’s energy is in balance can healing occur.

Acupressure supports healing, relieves stress, improves mobility, reduces swelling and inflammation, removes toxins, and strengthens the immune system. It can be used as an adjunct therapy for any condition.

Acupressure is very similar to acupuncture. The point locations are the same and the selection of points for each animal’s unique condition is rooted in the same theory and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The choice between the two comes down to your dog’s comfort level and your schedule. Acupuncture involves needles and generally a trip to the vet during normal business hours; whereas acupressure is gentle, non-invasive, and can be done in the comfort of your home at your convenience.

Since acupressure involves direct hands-on contact with the animal, the practitioner can respond to changes at the acupoint immediately and the animal’s response can be readily observed. Practitioners can tailor point selection accordingly. With acupuncture, the needles are inserted into multiple locations simultaneously and the vet usually leaves the exam room. In addition, I encourage client involvement and will educate you on acupressure technique so that you can “work” various points between sessions. Call me to discuss how your dog can benefit from acupressure.