Glossary of Treatments & Therapies


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Acupressure

Acupressure This massage technique applies pressure to specific points on the body related to acupuncture points. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), stimulating certain points by ...
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Acupuncture

Acupuncture Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the body to activate a change in its state of functioning. This ancient Eastern practice is ...
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Akashic Records

Akashic Records The Akashic Records is a term from Theosophy denoting a collection of mystical knowledge encoded in a non-physical plane of existence. The Records ...
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Animal Communication

Information provided courtesy of Mary Ann Simonds, MA Other terms/professional labels for this category:
Animal Communicator, Inter-species Communicator, Inter-Species Cognitive Awareness Specialist, Animal Psychic, ...
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Animal Therapy for Aging or Terminally Ill Pets

Many people with elderly or extremely and terminally ill pets will go to tremendous lengths to improve the quality of their life. Alternative therapies may ...
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Apitherapy

The medical use of honeybee products. This can include the use of honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and bee venom. Claims of apitherapy have not ...
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Aromatherapy/Essential Oils

Aromatherapy/Essential Oils
The term aromatherapy was named by the Frenchman Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a chemist in a perfume factory, who sustained a serious burn to his ...
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Aston-Patterning

Technique tailoring guided movement and postural retraining to the particular characteristics of each individual’s body. Judith Aston came to Ida Rolf for treatment after several ...
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Astrology

The astrological signs have many practical applications in animal therapy. Knowing an animal’s astrological sign can many times give important insights into the health aspects ...
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Auricular Medicine

Auricular medicine is a highly effective system for analyzing areas of problems, and treating the entire body from the external ear. It originated in China, ...
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Auriculotherapy

The ear is a localized reflex system connected to the central nervous system (whereas ear acupuncture focuses on empirical acupoints known for their specific functions ...
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Autogenic Training

Restores the balance between the activity of the sympathetic (flight or fight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest) branches of the autonomic nervous system. This ...
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Ayurveda

Literally translated means “the science or knowledge of life,” is the traditional holistic medical system of India. Although Ayurveda is practiced in India as a ...
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Bach Flower Remedies

Dr. Edward Bach was a medical consultant, bacteriologist and homeopath who formulated the Bach flower remedies in the 1930s. All the remedies are prepared from ...
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Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy
Information provided courtesy of Mary Ann Simonds, MA

The field of animal psychology and behavior is the science of studying how animals ...
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Bioenergetics

Bioenergetics seeks to release the energy in tense or “blocked” areas of the body and alleviate chronic stresses and chronic muscular tensions. Biogenetics therapists study ...
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Biofeedback

Biofeedback Therapy uses computerized machines to measure and display body functions and states. By monitoring these mental and physical functions through stages of rest and ...
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Bioptron Light Therapy

Bioptron Light Therapy can act in a natural way by supporting the regenerative and rebalancing capacities of the body, and therefore helps the body release its ...
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Body Logic

Body Logic is a system of bodywork and body understanding developed by Yamuna Zake. It uses the principle of “space making” whereby space is created around ...
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Bowen Technique (NST)

Version of a group of technical interpretations of the work of Australian self proclaimed osteopath Tom Bowen 1916 – 1982 known as Bowen Therapy which ...
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Breathwork

Breathwork usually refers to controlled breathing techniques or deliberate hyperventilation, when used within psychotherapy or meditation. Proponents believe the technique may be used to attain alternate ...
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Breema

A comprehensive system of bodywork, done on the floor, with a variety of techniques ranging from simple holding points on the body to techniques requiring ...
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Chakra Energy Balancing

Subtle energy centers located near the spine in the body. A chakra is a wheel (literal Sanskrit meaning) of energy. There are 7 major chakras ...
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Chelation Therapy

A process involving the use of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. For the most common forms of heavy metal intoxication, those ...
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Chinese Herbology

The Chinese Herbology is the art of combining medicinal herbs. Herbology is traditionally one of the more important modalities utilized in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) ...
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Chinese Medicine (Traditional)

(Also known as TCM or T.C.M., Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese; pinyin: Zhongyi xué) is a range of traditional medical practices used in China that developed ...
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Chiropractic For Animals

A complementary and alternative health care profession with the purpose of diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system with the intention ...
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Chromotherapy ( Color Therapy or Colorology)

An alternative medicine method. It is claimed that a therapist trained in chromotherapy can use color and light to balance energy wherever our bodies are ...
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Colon Therapy

Colon therapy cleanses and detoxifies the colon through gentle infusions of purified water at a controlled temperature and controlled pressure Colon hydrotherapy is also called ...
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Connective Tissue Massage (CTM)

These techniques are designed to specifically affect the connective tissue of the body. Various schools of CMT may focus on either the superficial connective tissue ...
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Craniosacral Therapy

The therapy focuses on reducing tension and stress in the meningeal membrane and its fascial connections to enhance the functioning of the Craniosacral system, a ...
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Crystal Therapy

Each living organism has a “vibrational energy system,” which includes chakras, electromagnetic fields around the body known as auras, subtle bodies and meridians. Crystals are ...
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Dentistry — Equine

The importance of regular oral examinations and floating is difficult to overstate. Minor problems, which could evolve into significant dental abnormalities, can be detected and ...
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Do-In

Do-In
A system of self-massage promoted most recently by Michio Kushi. More than 5,000 years ago, Chinese Taoist monks observed that it was instinctive ...
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Dorn Method

Based on the correction of uneven leg length, which, according to Dorn, can be diagnosed in almost every human. Because of that, the pelvis is ...
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Drumming

Many cultures use the drumbeat as a way to enter the trance state, meditate or pray. Drums or percussion instruments generally may be the oldest ...
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Dynamic Spinal Therapy

Developed by Rolf Ott in Rapperswil, Switzerland in the 1980’s. The technique works with body posture and energetic (acupuncture) system. It consists of three parts: ...
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Ear Candling (Ear Coning)

Involves placing the narrow end of a specially designed hollow candle at the entry of the ear canal, while the opposite end is lit. Primarily ...
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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Emotional Freedom Technique is a psychotherapeutic tool that intends to relieve many psychological conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, general stress, addictions and phobias. The ...
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Energy Work

Therapies in which practitioners seek to restore proper circulation and a balance of the energy field in and around the client’s body, to relieve stress ...
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Environmental Medicine

Chemicals are increasingly present in our homes, cars and even our food. Thousands of new synthetic chemicals come into manufactured consumer products every year with ...
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Equine Sports Massage

Massage or other bodywork can be adapted to horses for the purpose of enhancing performance and preventing injuries. This field has recently been developed and ...
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Equine Therapy

Information provided courtesy of Mimi Porter Equine Therapy is the practice of rehabilitation and injury prevention for the horse through the use of any of ...
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Esogetic Colorpuncture

An advanced healing technique in which gentle, non-invasive vibrations of light are introduced to the body via acupuncture (and other) points on the skin to ...
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Ethnobotany

The study of the relationship between plants and people: From”ethno” – study of people and “botany” – study of plants. Ethnobotany is considered a branch ...
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Eutony

Developed by Gerda Alexander of Germany. “Eu” meaning good, exact. “Tonus” meaning tone tension. Based on the theory that there is a constant interaction between ...
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Uses left/right stimulation of the brain, through sight, sound or touch to accelerate the brain’s information processing system. Originated ...
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Eyeology

In the whites of the eye “Eyeology” is a general term encompassing various forms of iridology, such as physical iridology and personality iridology, and sclerology ...
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Farrier Science: Equine Hoof Care and Shoeing

Information provided courtesy of Philip M. Smith, Farrier A person who trims and shoes horses is usually called a farrier, horseshoer or blacksmith. Most domestic ...
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Fascial Mobilization

Fascial mobilization allows therapists to locate and address restrictions in the fascial system that are causing asymmetries, postural malalignment, abnormal tensions, and pressures that can ...
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Feldenkrais

Named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, a physicist, the Feldenkrais Method focuses on helping people to expand their range of motion and improve breathing ...
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Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement. It involves balancing, healing and enhancing energies by integrating people, buildings and landscape to achieve harmony ...
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Flower Essence Therapy

Information provided courtesy of Sharon Callahan Flower essence therapy is a form of vibrational healing, which treats with pure energy to generate changes in the ...
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Gem Elixirs

  Gem elixirs are similar to flower essences in philosophy, preparation, application and healing effects. (See Flower Essences). The difference is that they are prepared ...
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Gestalt Therapy

A powerful experiential psychotherapy focusing on contact and awareness in the here and now. Gestalt Therapy provides a system of concepts describing the structure and ...
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Guided Imagery

Visualization techniques that help influence mental, physiological and physical conditions. Guided imagery concentrates on using images or symbols to train the mind to create a ...
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Hakomi

Hakomi Integrative Somatics – Hakomi Therapy is a body-based psychotherapy developed by Ron Kurtz in the mid-1970s. The International headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado. Hakomi ...
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Healing Touch

Healing touch is an energy-based, hands-on technique done to balance and align the human energy field. The American Holistic Nurses Association approves the technique. A ...
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Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA)

Submitted by Sue King Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) is a bio-field and energy-medicine modality that supports the body to heal itself. HTA techniques are ...
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Heliotherapy

Light therapy or phototherapy, classically referred to as heliotherapy, consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using polychromatic polarised light, lasers, ...
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Hellerwork

Developed by Joseph Heller, an early student of Ida Rolf, this is a gentle form of deep-tissue muscle therapy that emphasizes the importance of the ...
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Herbal Medicine

Many different types of natural medicine use herbs as part of their practice. In the United States, herbal medicine generally refers to a system of ...
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Holistic Health

A term used by alternative medicine advocates to describe medical care that views physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of life as closely interconnected and balanced ...
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Holistic Veterinary Medicine

Holistic Veterinary Medicine
Information provided courtesy of Gail Wetzler Holistic Veterinary Medicine, also referred to as complementary, integrative or alternative medicine, is a medical approach ...
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Home Remedy

A treatment or cure for a disease or other ailment that employs certain foods or other common household items. Home remedies may or may not ...
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Homeopathy

The word is derived from homoios meaning ‘like’ and pathos meaning ‘suffering’. Although Homeopathy dates back to Greek times, its potential was not realized until ...
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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy evolved from an Austrian physician, Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). It is currently used in a variety of medical and dental environments, from helping people ...
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Infrared Light Therapy

Infrared Light Therapy is becoming a common treatment for pain relief utilized by Medical Doctors, Veterinarians, Equine Therapists, Chiropractors, Anesthesiologists, Dentists, Massage Therapists, and Physical ...
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Integrative Manual Therapy

Integrative Manual Therapy
Information provided courtesy of Gail Wetzler Our purpose as animal care givers is to appropriately evaluate and suggest the combination of ...
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Integrative Medicine

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines complementary and alternative medicine as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and ...
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Iridology

In iridology, the irises of the eyes are seen as a map through which and observer can determine the health or weakness of the various ...
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Jin Shin Do

Jin Shin Do
(Translated as the way of the compassionate spirit) is derived from acupressure. The technique involves applying gentle fingertip pressure to thirty specific ...
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Jin Shin Jyutsu

An oriental system intended to harmonize the flow of the energy through the body. The system holds that tension, fatigue, or illness can trap energy ...
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Kinesiology

In the purest form, kinesiology is the study of muscles and movement. When used in a clinical setting, it becomes an evaluation and treatment tool ...
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Kneipp Therapy

Kneipp wellness is a holistic system for overall health developed by Sebastian Kneipp, a nineteenth-century Bavarian priest. His approach includes aspects of hydrotherapy, herbalism, and ...
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Kripalu Bodywork

Based on the principles of Kripalu Yoga, this bodywork method seeks to promote a deep sense of relaxation and to help recipients reconnect with the ...
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Light Therapy or Phototherapy

Consists of exposure to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, LEDs, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light, for a prescribed amount of ...
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Lomi Lomi

Lomi Lomi, or “loving hands” is a form of massage that originated in Hawaii. Following the idea that a belief can block energy flow as ...
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Lymphatic Massage or Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Technique in Swedish massage. The strokes applied are intended to stimulate the movement of the lymphatic fluids in order to assist the body in cleansing ...
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Macrobiotics

Modern macrobiotics dates from the late 19th century when a Western-trained Japanese Army doctor, Sagen Ishizuka, became frustrated by allopathic medicine’s ineffectiveness treating his own ...
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Magnet Therapy

All living beings have a magnetic field that has evolved in synchronization with the natural magnetic field of the earth and are affected by changes ...
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Magnetized Water Therapy

Water, which makes up over 70% of the body’s structure, is the most influential and vital component, which provides the body with a mechanism to ...
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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy (referred to as Therapeutic Massage) is a general term for a range of therapeutic approaches with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures ...
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Massotherapy

Massotherapy is a general term for medical or therapeutic treatment by massage. Massage therapy is one of the oldest, effective forms of medical care. There ...
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Meditation

Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It ...
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Mind/Body Medicine

Term covering modalities and therapies that focus on the interrelationship of mind and body; the goal in all forms of mind/body medicine is to address ...
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Moxibustion

Moxibustion treats and prevents diseases by applying heat to points or certain locations of the human body. The material used is mainly ” moxa – ...
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Muscle Enery Technique (MET)

Also known as PNF stretching, utilizes neurophysiological muscle reflexes to improve functional mobility of the joints. MET use active muscle contractions followed by relaxation and ...
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Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is relatively new. Osteopathic physician Dr. Robert Ward of Michigan State University taught the first course entitled “myofascial release” at that school in ...
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Myopathy

Myopathy Myopathic muscular therapy is a type of therapeutic massage. It is used to provide pain relief and improve restricted body movement. To accomplish these ...
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Naprapathy

The Czech word “naprapravit” (to correct) and the Greek word “pathos” (suffering) combine to form the word Naprapathy. The Naprapathic treatment method “corrects suffering” through ...
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Naturopathy

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct profession of primary health care, emphasizing prevention, treatment and the promotion of optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods ...
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Neuro-Emotional Therapy (NET)

Heal past trauma, reset belief systems, and promote health neurologically. Improve your business, relationships, athletic performance…all areas of life! Basic Emotions. Fear, Anger, Grief, Resentment, ...
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Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) helps people detect and reprogram unconscious patterns of thought and behavior in order to alter psychological responses and enhance the healing process ...
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Neuromuscular Therapy

During the last sixty years, Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) has emerged as a significant methodology for assessing, treating and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain ...
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Nutraceuticals

“Nutraceuticals” is the name given to a range of food supplements which are specifically designed to nutritionally support certain illnesses, improve metabolic processes correct biochemical ...
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Nutritional Therapy

Alternative practitioners emphasize dietary intervention in the healing process. Many health problems in animals, as in humans, can be traced to poor nutrition. Deficiencies can ...
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Oriental Medicine

Oriental medicine is a comprehensive system of health care with a clinical history of more than 3000 years. Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbology and ...
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Ortho-Bionomy

Ortho-Bionomy, often referred to as the homeopathy of bodywork, is a unique system of painless body therapy developed by Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, a British ...
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Osteopathy

Founded by American doctor Andrew Taylor Sill n the late 19th century, osteopathy has blended all aspects of conventional medicine with the central tenets of ...
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Ozone Therapy For Animals


Part I – Viral (Rickettsial and Chlamydial) Diseases (VRCDs)
Ozone is very effective in acute and chronic viral diseases as a virucidal agent ...
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Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy®

Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy is a system of corrective treatment to aid in the restoration of damaged muscles and soft tissue. It is intended to ...
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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent disorders in human movement caused by injury and disease. Physiotherapists may perform the following tasks: assess the physical condition of ...
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Phytotherapy

Plant therapy takes the form of medicinal herbs added to bath water and also administered as juices, lozenges, teas, or ointments, etc. for use in ...
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Polarity Therapy

Developed by Dr. Randolph Stone, an American osteopath, naturopath, and chiropractor, Polarity Therapy focuses on the proper balance of electromagnetic energy in the body, with ...
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Pranic Breathing

A Technique to Control the Mind and Gain Razor-Sharp Focus. Activating and using mental abilities requires the mind to have one-pointed focus. This ancient technique ...
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Prolotherapy

(“Proliferative Injection Therapy”) involves injecting an irritant solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments, for the purpose of strengthening weakened ...
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Psychometry

The science of measurement through divination using devices such as the pendulum and dowsing rods. An interdisciplinary science concerned with the interactions of mind, body, ...
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Pulsed Magnetic Therapy

Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields influence cell behavior by inducing electrical changes around and within the cell. Benefits/Contraindications Improved blood supply increases the oxygen pressure, activating and ...
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Qi Gong (also Chi Gong)

Also called Chinese Medical Massage and may be the most commonly practiced modality in the world. It is routinely used in Chinese hospitals as a ...
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Radionics

Therapy based on energy patterns and the disharmony that occurs in these patterns when an animal (or human) is ill. The symptoms are only a ...
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Reflexology

Manipulation of specific areas of the hands, feet (and ears – See Auricular Therapy) to bring the body into balance (homeostatis). Distinct regions of the ...
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Reiki

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy.” This life force energy can be defined as energy, which exists in all created ...
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Relaxation Response

State of psychological and physiological rest characterized by lowered oxygen consumption and reduced heart rate. This deep relaxation can relieve stress and its many side ...
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Rolfing

Structural Integration is based on the belief that proper alignment of the various parts of the body is necessary for physical and emotional health. The ...
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Rosen Method Bodywork

Developed by Marion Rosen, this work emphasizes simplicity. The practitioner contacts contracted muscles and matches the muscle tension. The practitioner follows changes in the client’s ...
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Rubenfeld Synergy Method®

Rubenfeld Synergy Method® (RSM) Practitioners use a light touch to release physical tensions while talking to clients and verbally encouraging them to explore the emotional ...
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Shamanism and Shamanic Healing

Shamanism and Shamanic Healing
Information provided courtesy of Carla Person Shamanism is mankind’s most ancient healing art. In Shamanic healing for animals, the healer enters ...
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Shen® Therapy

SHEN® is a hands-on technique for energy work or touch therapy. Practitioners seek to enable a normal energy flow through the body by using light ...
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Shiatsu

A Japanese technique similar to Acupressure, using finger and thumb pressure on precise body points to encourage the proper flow of Chi, the vital force ...
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Soft Tissue Release

Soft Tissue Release (STR) is a powerful sports injury treatment technique developed by Stuart Taws while working with the British Athletic Team. STR deals directly ...
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Soma Neuromuscular Integration

This bodywork method seeks to improve posture, joint function, and body alignment through deep manipulation of the muscular and connective tissue. The ten-session process, which ...
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Sound Healing

Sound healing uses toning, chanting, or vibrations from the voice or instruments to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal itself. Sound healing and music ...
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Spiritual Healing

This form of healing, which is not to be confused with spiritualism, uses a holistic approach, helping a person to return to the harmony of ...
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Sports Massage

Sports massage is one of the fastest growing forms of treatment for athletes, HUMAN AND ANIMAL, for the prevention of injuries, enhancing performance and in ...
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Structural Integration

Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. Unlike massage, Structural Integration is bodywork that focuses ...
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Tai Chi

One style of qigong, is a martial art, which involves meditation, and slow, flowing well-guided movements that follow set forms. It is intended to affect ...
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Thai Bodywork

Thai bodywork, also called Thai Yoga massage, has a unique character that is both relaxing and invigorating. It is a combination of passive Yoga stretching, ...
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The Alexander Technique

Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) created a series of lessons to improve posture, increase freedom of movement, and reduce physical tension. An actor, he originally taught ...
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Therapeutic Touch

The technique was devised a few decades ago as a contemporary version of various ancient practices in which a healer consciously directs and focuses energy ...
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Tibetan Medicine

Like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Tibetan Medicine views health as a balance of energies. And like these more famous Eastern healing traditions Tibetan ...
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Touch For Health

Developed by chiropractor John Thie, Touch for Health combines methods and techniques, which include acupuncture principles, acupressure, muscle testing, massage, and dietary guidelines. The method ...
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Trager Psychophysical Integration

Trager Approach – Dr. Milton Trager, M.D., developed his own system of bodywork, which emphasizes gentle rocking and rolling of the client to encourage release ...
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Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point massage utilizes ischemic compression of individual areas of hypersensitivity in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. A trigger point is an area within soft ...
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TTeam and TTouch

Linda Tellington-Jones developed TTEAM – the Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method – and Tellington TTouch to help you create a more wonderful partnership with your ...
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Tui Na

Tui Na is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tui Na uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of ...
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Vibrational Healing / Vibrational Medicine

Practitioners of Vibrational Healing (also called Vibrational Medicine) use a variety of modalities that seek to promote healing by balancing the client’s energy field. Such ...
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Watsu (Aquatic Shiatsu)

Watsu (from “water” and “shiatsu”) began when Harold Dull started floating people, applying the moves and stretches of the zen shiatsu he had studied in ...
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White Light Healing

The universal vibrations and the movement of planets, the movement of the sun in its sojourn through its orbit, through its orbit around Sirius in ...
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Yoga

As practiced and taught in the West, yoga is most typically seen as a gentle way to strengthen and tone the body as well as ...
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Zero Balancing

Developed by Fritz Smith, MD, osteopath, Rolfer and acupuncturist, Zero Balancing integrates a Western anatomical view of structure with Eastern concepts of body energy. Practitioners ...
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