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Dental scaling for your dog?

If you have been thinking about this for your dog and have wondered what goes on in dental scaling for your dog or what alternatives exist for this, then you should read this interesting story about Donna the dog getting her teeth cleaned.  Her owner considers alternatives and compares that with dental scaling at the vet.  Read more about it HERE

If you have a story to share about dental cleaning for your dog, please share!

Thank you.

 


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Reiki Benefits for Cancer Patients

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) Oncology Unit at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary has become the first NHS hospital in South Lancashire to start a Reiki complementary therapy service for the benefit of cancer patients, family members and staff.

Offered alongside conventional medical treatment, Reiki complementary therapies are provided by a team of 12 volunteer therapists who give cancer patients a chance to take control, feel better, and reduce uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and nausea.

“Offering Reiki therapy is a fantastic addition to the services we provide here at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary and improves the patient experience,” says WWL Oncology Unit Manager, Leo Anson. “Reiki has a real benefit for patients who are living with cancer and I would like to thank the volunteers for giving their free time and skills to our patients and staff.”

Reiki is the Japanese healing art and can help with physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being, as well as being a very useful way to relax. Research has demonstrated how Reiki can help combat depression, anxiety and stress.

“Patients say they feel better after Reiki because it helps them cope with their cancer and its treatment. After the stress of hospitals and treatment, it can be very comforting when a therapist gives you attention in a relaxed setting,” says WWL Lead Cancer Nurse, Janet Irvine.

Further research shows in 2008, a review looked at 24 studies using therapeutic touch to treat pain. 3 trials used Reiki. Overall, the review found that people who had the touch therapies had less pain than people who did not have the therapies. Trials carried out by more experienced touch practitioners seemed to give better results in pain reduction. Reiki also seemed to give greater benefit than other types of touch therapy. The researchers suggested that more research should be done into whether experienced practitioners or certain types of touch therapy can give better pain reduction. 2 of 5 studies looking at painkiller use supported the claim that touch therapies lowered painkiller use. You can read about this touch therapy review on the Cochrane Library website.

 

Is Reiki Safe?

There are no reports of harmful side effects.

Reiki is considered to be safe. There is nothing invasive about reiki therapy. Be sure to always talk to your doctor prior to having any alternative or complementary treatment.

Most practitioners will advise you to rest and drink plenty of water after treatment.

Average cost of Reiki:  $30 – 100 per session depending on session length.
In the Photo: Volunteer reiki therapists and WWL cancer care staff with patient Angela Hunter

Sources:

www.nhl.com

Cancer Research UK


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Studies have also shown that people with cancer can benefit from complementary therapies such as Reiki.  It can help with coping through a difficult process or stage in life.

Reiki Practitioners have observed that Reiki can:

Help some people to feel deeply relaxed
Help people cope with difficult situations
Relieve emotional stress and tension
Help to improve overall wellbeing

Some people with cancer say they feel better after using therapies such as Reiki. Studies show that this is often because a therapist spends time with the person, and touches them. After the rush and stress of hospitals and treatment, it can be very relaxing when someone gives you attention for an hour or more, in a calm setting.

How do you have Reiki?

When you first see a Reiki practitioner, they will ask you about your general health and medical history. They will also ask you why you would like to have Reiki and discuss a possible treatment plan with you.

During a Reiki treatment, you don’t have to get undressed but you usually take off your shoes and coat and sit or lie down. You can have your eyes open or closed. The Reiki practitioner may dim the lights or play soothing music. They put their hands on, or a few inches above, your body and move them in slow, brushing movements. The movements usually start at your head and work down to your feet, but may focus on a particular area of your body.

The practitioner aims to move and balance the energy within and around your body. And they try and get rid of any energy blocks to encourage physical healing and strengthen your energy. They call this energy Ki.

During the session you may feel a tingling sensation, a sense of deep relaxation, or warmth or coolness throughout your body. You may not feel anything, but practitioners say this doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working. You can stop the treatment at any time.

A session usually lasts about an hour. Many practitioners say you will get the best results from 3 sessions within a fairly short space of time. Then take a break before having more treatments. After a Reiki session you may feel thirsty. It can help to drink plenty of water and avoid strong caffeine based drinks, such as coffee. You may feel deeply relaxed, and resting at home afterwards can help you get the full benefit of the treatment.

Remember, Reiki is not a religion and there are no side effects.  My clients have commented that Reiki is a wonderful relaxing and energizing experience. My dear pet clients have often thanked me with a lick and nudge after the session while I am engaged in a discussion with their owners regarding their treatment.

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” – Anonymous

(Various Excerpts from: K. Prasad, “Reiki for dogs” & http://www.cancerreseachuk.org. Stats from mtroyal.ca & wikipedia.com)