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Acupressure can:

Release endorphins necessary to reduce pain
Relieve muscle spasms
Remove toxins and increase blood supply
Enhance mental clarity
Release natural cortisone to reduce swelling
Build the body's immune system

Important Acupressure Points

 

      Gall Bladder 20 - GB20

Feng Chi = Wind Pond
Location: Below the back of the head, in the depression found in the nape of the neck, approximately halfway between the spine and the bottom of the ear.  These “dimples” are found on both sides of the body.

Function: Alleviates head and neck tension and pain.  Helps with eye and ear problems.  Nourishes the brain, improves memory.

 

     Large Intestine 4 – LI4

Hegu = Joining Valley

Location: In the web between the dewclaw and the first long toe on the front leg.  If the dewclaw has been removed it can be located on the second metacarpal.

Function: Master Point for the face and mouth.  Relives head, neck, foreleg and shoulder pain.  An important pain reducing point, beneficial for pain in any part of the body.  Builds the immune system.

 

     Large Intestine 11 – LI11

Qu Chi = Crooked Pond

Location: On the outside of the front leg, at the end of the elbow crease when the elbow is flexed.

Function: Relives diarrhea and benefits the immune system.  Use for arthritic elbow, acute lower back pain and in the treatment of allergic and infectious disorders.

 

     Gall Bladder 34 – GB34

Yang Lin Quan = Yang Mound Spring

Location: On the outside of the lower leg, below the knee, in the depression just below the prominence of the head of the fibula (small bone of the lower leg).

Function: Influential point for the muscles and tendons, Relieves joint stiffness.

 

     Stomach 36 – ST36

Zu Sanli = Foot 3 Miles

Location: On the outside of the hind leg, just below the knee, outside of the vertical position of the main leg bone, the tibia.  The point is in the middle of the muscle belly.

Function: Master Point for the abdomen and gastrointestinal tract.  Relives fatigue.  Benefits digestion and helps restore the immune system.  It can be used to stimulate contractions during labor.

 

      Bladder 60 - BL60

Kun Lun = Kunlun Mountains
Location: On the outside of the hind leg, in the depression at the base of the Achilles tendon, midway between the tendon and the ankle bone.  Opposite KI3.

Function: Aspirin Point.  Use for arthritis of the hock and soft tissue injury.  Strengthens and releases the back and shoulders.  Relives neck stiffness and back pain.

 

     Kidney 3 – KI3

Taixi = Great Creek

Location: On the inside of the hind leg, just above the ankle, at the midpoint between the Achilles tendon and the protuberance of the ankle bone.  Opposite BL60.

Function: Helps restore the immune system, estrous cycle irregularity.  Use for arthritic hocks.  Strengthens the lumbar spine.

 

     Ting Points

Locations: Ting Points are located on the front or hind feet of the dog.

Function: These are the beginning or ending points of a meridian.  Ting Points provide important information about the general health and well-being of your dog.

 

     Association Points

Locations: The Association Points are located along the inner branch of the Bladder meridian between the shoulders and the tail.  They lay approximately to 1 fingers width on either side of the spine.

Function: They provide a valuable indication system for gathering information about imbalances.  Association Points help balance and regulate the flow of energy through out the dog’s body and affect the organs directly linked to them by the meridian system. They can also help balance emotional energy.  Because of these properties it is beneficial to stimulate them during massage.

 

 

     Ear Points

Traditionally the ear (around the base of the ear and the ear flap itself) is the meeting place of all the meridians of the body.  There is an entire branch of acupuncture that is based solely on ear points.  The ear also abounds in nerves, and appropriate application of pressure releases endorphins from the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.

 

 

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Melody L Henkel ~ Canine Bodyworks ~ 781-344-4704 ~ Canine_BodyWorks@Verizon.net