Canine Massage positively influences the body’s biological healing process. The body constantly aims to be in a state of homoeostasis or equilibrium and massage therapy promotes the body’s ability to heal itself & restore its natural balance.
The Healing Crisis is the body's natural reaction when it is trying to eliminate waste products at a faster rate of disposal than normal. In essence, it is part of the body's detoxification process. Canine Massage stimulates this cleansing process, flushing toxins and metabolic waste from the tissues. As the body eliminates these impurities it can display an increase in symptoms or signs of general illness.
Many people misunderstand the Healing Crisis and conclude that the treatment is not working, given the worsening symptoms. However, please be patient, this is only a temporary effect that usually occurs 24-48 hours after treatment, but it can last for up to 3 days. The severity of the crisis is dependent upon the level of toxins within the body.
The Healing Crisis is a perfectly normal reaction and is a positive sign that the treatment is working. It is only called a 'crisis', because the body displays illness-like symptoms whilst it is actually healing itself. Once complete, old tissues have been replaced with new.
Please bear in mind that all dogs respond differently, but common symptoms include:
- Being quiet, lethargic and tired (increase in sleeping)
- Insomnia or restlessness
- Increased joint or muscular pain (seen as aching, stiffness or lameness)
- Increased thirst
- Runny nose
- Frequent urination or possible diarrhoea, nausea or digestive upsets
- Fever, cold or flu-like symptons
Alternatively, it can cause:
- The 'feel good' factor
- Increased energy levels
- Playfulness & active
Supporting Your Dog
You can help support your dog through the Healing Crisis, by encouraging:
- plenty of rest
- reduced exercise
- light meals
- constant access to fresh water
A Healing Crisis can potentially occur at any time the body undergoes detoxification, but the onset of symptoms may not be immediate. Please remember that this is the body's own healing response to toxic overload and is trying to restore its natural balance.
The Healing Crisis is a natural occurrence, but if you are concerned with your dog's reaction, please do not hesitate to contact me.