The healing crisis is a natural occurrence and is part of the detoxification process
The process is called a ‘crisis’ simply because the body displays illness-like symptoms at a time when it is actually healing itself and the vital energy begins to repair and rebuild damaged tissue.
The healing crisis is temporary and usually happens for 24-48 hours after massage.
Sometimes your dog may appear worse than before he/she had a massage – these responses or reactions are indicative that the treatment IS working and the body is going through the process of cleansing itself of imbalances and toxins. Give it a little time, and the improvements will be visible!
Signs of a healing crisis
- Quiet, lethargic, tired
- Or restless
- Runny nose
- Lack of appetite
- Aching, causing lameness to appear worse initially
Normally a healing crisis lasts for a couple of days and can be helped by encouraging lots of rest, reduced exercise, light meals, and constant access to fresh water.
If you are concerned with your dog’s reaction or would like to know more about the healing crisis, don’t hesitate to contact me.