Holistic health practices are gaining in popularity and becoming more accepted by the traditional health care community. Perhaps you've even enjoyed some of the benefits of alternative therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure. So why not let your feline friend experience the health benefits of acupressure as well?
What Is Acupressure?
Acupressure combines massage therapy with the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, but without the needles. (Cats and needles don't make a great combination.) Acupressure is an energy-based therapy in which a practitioner stimulates energy points throughout an animal's body using pressure, friction, heat, herbs and lasers. Acupressure can relieve your cat's stress and promote health and well-being.
How Does It Work?
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Practitioners of acupuncture and acupressure believe that a life energy called "chi" circulates throughout an animal's body using paths called meridians. When blockages occur along these meridians, the resulting energy imbalance can cause a breakdown in the immune system, leading to illness in your feline friend. By applying pressure or massage to specific acupoints, veterinary acupressurists can cause your cat's body to release more endorphins, which are small proteins that can act as natural stress and pain relievers.
Benefits for your Cat
In addition to providing a relaxing experience for your kitty, acupressure therapy will release stress and muscular tension, promote blood circulation and boost her immune system. You can use acupressure to relieve your cat's pain, strengthen her muscles, bones and joints, detoxify her body and enhance her natural ability to heal.
Acupressure can be a very rewarding experience for both you and your feline friend. Simply applying gentle pressure and rotating massage on her energy points can reduce anxiety and enhance the connection you share with her. Find a chart of feline acupressure points, pick a time when your kitty is relaxed and speak soothingly while you use your fingertips to massage the points outlined in the chart.
If you'd like more detailed instructions for providing acupressure therapy for your feline friend, training and certification programs are available. And if you prefer to have a trained feline acupressure therapist, ask your veterinarian for recommendations for a reputable alternative veterinary care provider.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.