The Healing Crisis

Clinical Canine Massage stimulates the natural detoxification process and your dog may show signs of what is referred to as The Healing Crisis. This occurs when the body is trying to eliminate toxins faster than they are eliminated through the various elimination channels and therefore there is an influx of toxins in the body.  This can cause a temporary increase in the severity of the symptoms and can cause you to believe that the treatment is not working.  They can start immediately following treatment or be postponed several days and depending on the toxicity of the body can be mild or severe.

The Healing Crisis is actually a sign that the treatment is working and is proof that the body is going through the process of cleansing itself of impurities and toxins.

Symptoms can include:

  • Joint or muscle pain (you may see some temporary lameness)
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy/tiredness
  • Frequent urination/upset stomach
  • Lack of appetite/excessive thirst

The Healing Crisis can last for a couple of days and it is advisable to encourage rest, light exercise and constant access to fresh water.