How holistic therapies can help your dog; part 2 – Back issues

Following on from last week’s post, I thought I would share some case studies of some other dogs who requested the type of therapies which would help them.

This time, the focus is on back issues, which are more commonly a problem for senior dogs, but also can affect younger dogs in some cases.

If you want to read more about the therapies I offer, check out my previous blog on arthritis. Today, I thought I’d give a little more information on the health conditions the dogs have, in case, like me, you weren’t familiar with them.


This is a degeneration problem of the spine, where bone spurs are develop on upper parts of the spine. This can result in pain and stiffness for the dog, and compensatory issues from moving differently.

Intervertebral Disc Degeneration (IVDD)

This is a degeneration of the discs in between the vertebra of the spine. This means the discs lose their usual shock absorbing qualities, and can in some cases cause spinal cord compression.

I am sure there are many other spine / back issues that dogs can have, but these are the ones that my case studies had been diagnosed with by a vet.

Case Study 1 – Noa


The lovely Noa, has spondylosis.
Surprisingly, I only found one therapy which she would benefit from. I asked about reiki, massage, acupressure, essential oils, crystals, and red light therapy. And acupressure was her preference.
I found an energy blockage around the shoulder area, probably from a compensatory issue from moving differently when she had been in pain.
A sweep of the bladder meridian would help Noa. It basically means following along the bladder meridian, and balancing any points that feel out of balance along the way. The bladder meridian has a number of points associated with other meridians, so can have an affect on a number of issues that may be happening in the body. There are also some points that relate to the back, and back pain.
Case Study 2 – Hebe
This happy smiley dog, has hip dysplasia and spondylosis.
When we had our chat, I found that Hebe would benefit from the following therapies…
Massage – to help with compensatory issues caused by holding her muscles tense to reduce pain in her joints.
Essential oils – to reduce inflammation, lavender, rosemary and basil. Essential oils should always be offered for inhalation only, and not put on the dog’s fur or skin.
Acupressure – Bladder 11, important point to help bones, and relieve arthritic pain. Spleen 6, boosts the immune system. Gall Bladder 34, strengthens the back and joints, benefits tendons, ligaments and muscles. Stomach 36, Boosts the immune system, benefits digestive system.
Case Study 3 – Huxley
HuxleyThe absolutely gorgeous Huxley, has IVDD which has been operated on previously.
I found he would benefit from…
Reiki – to balance his heart, sacral, and root chakra. The sacral chakra relates to the muscles in the lower back. The root chakra relates to the spine, hind quarters and bones and joints of the hind legs. The heart chakra relates to the lungs, immune system, respiration, and upper spine near the shoulder blades.
Red light therapy – this would be great on the scar tissue on his back. It will not only work on any scarring on the skin but also deeper into the tissue. It works by healing on a cellular level, on any damaged cells by surgery, and the body then heals itself.
Massage – this is great for increasing circulation in any muscles where there have been compensatory issues, and release any tension.
I had such fun communicating with the dogs for this blog. And want to thank their owners again, for being interested in finding out which therapies their dog wanted.
My favourite part of the job is being able to listen to the needs of a dog, and help in the way they need. I love the connection it gives.
I hope you have found my two blogs on case studies interesting. If you have any other issues you’d like me to blog about, or just need some advice on how holistic therapies could help your dog. Contact me for a no obligation chat.

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I help animals to relax, rebalance and recover using Acupressure, Animal Reiki, Animal Massage, and Animal communication. I'm also passionate about using essential oils and crystals.

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