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Physical and Emotional Flexibility in Dogs: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Dr. Jean Thompson

​Pam Wanveer and her Flat-Coat Ruby Dee explore the Confidence Course

We are very pleased to feature two gifted and highly experienced practitioners of techniques and methods designed to help our dogs relieve pain and enhance physical and emotional well-being. Dr. Jean Thompson, of Maryland Animal Chiropractic, LLC, is a Doctor of Chiropractic and advanced instructor at the elite Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic , also teaching internationally. She has more than 18 years of experience in comprehensive chiropractic care. She specializes in Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT), a holistic method that focuses on preserving the health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system by identifying the cause of pain and how one area may affect another. Pam Wanveer, owner of Woodside TTouch, is an educator and Level 3 certified Tellington TTouch practitioner with 25 years of experience practicing TTouch. She is also a craniosacral practitioner. She is a passionate advocate for understanding how mind and body interact with TTouch to affect health and behavior, balance, learning, and self-confidence.

Their holistic approaches are complementary — animal chiropractic deals with the health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, the practitioner using hands to identify and adjust areas of the body to restore and maintain function and mobility for injured and healthy animals alike, while TTouch works to re-educate the nervous system (a bit like “turning on the electric lights of the body”) through gentle touches, lifts, wraps and movement exercises to help relieve fear, calm emotions, boost confidence and recover from injury or illness. Learn more about “Dr. Jean” on her Facebook site, Maryland Animal Chiropractic LLC at https://www.facebook.com/mdanimalchiro/, and about Ms. Wanveer at her website, http://woodsidettouch.com.

“Chiropractic works on structural integration and TTouch works on emotional integration. Many dogs are unable to flip the switch from being excited or anxious to feeling more calm and able to process and respond appropriately to their environment and our cues. Unless they know how to make that shift to a more calm and aware state they remain over stimulated and anxious. TTouch shows them what it feels like to be in a more calm state and how to get there.”     — Pam Wanveer
Early Evening Program, May 22, 2018

On Tuesday, May 22, Dr. Jean and Ms. Wanveer will discuss and highlight case studies and success stories, as well as provide hands-on demonstrations of some of their techniques during the Welcome Party. Please sign up to attend this free event on the Hospitality Order Form! And remember to check the specialty website for the latest scheduling announcements related to this program.

Private Consultations with Dr. Jean and Ms. Wanveer, May 22-23

Dr. Jean and Ms. Wanveer will be set up in booths at York Expo Center on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23, 2018, providing individual private consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. They will provide ongoing education through written material and multi-media presentations, so please stop by any time to speak with them, pick up more information, or watch their video programming!

The fee for Dr. Jean’s consults will be $55 per 15-minutes session for the first dog, and $50 for each additional dog within the same party. Those involved in performance sports, show, and working dogs will benefit from her knowledge of how to help enhance performance, and address and prevent injuries. The fee for Ms. Wanveer will be $65 per 30-minute appointment and includes 1 dog and up to 3 people. Ms. Wanveer can show you how TTouch can help ease pain, restore mobility, improve focus and athletic skills, address behavior issues, increase confidence, and deepen the bond you share with your animal companion.

Appointments are FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED beginning Tuesday morning, so be sure to pass by their booths early to get your appointment slot!

Resources on Chiropractic and Tellington TTouch

Have you ever wondered what a chiropractic exam and adjustment looks like for a dog? Watch this video of Dr. Jean at work! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoAE7YeEsrA&feature=share

What is Tellington TTouch? Our TTouch presenter Pam Wanveer explains the method in her article here: https://fcrsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Why-TTouch_Pam_Wanveer.pdf

 The founder of the Tellington TTouch Method, Linda Tellington-Jones, provides extensive educational resources on her website: http://ttouch.com

This TTouch YouTube channel shows many examples of the Tellington TTouch Method https://www.youtube.com/user/TellingtonTTouch

Pam Wanveer demonstrates TTouch bodywork on her Flat-Coat Ruby Dee. It consists of specific circular touches to find and release tension. For example, the mouth is closely tied to the emotions. Mouth work stimulates the salivary glands, which helps with relaxation. Mouth and ear work help by releasing endorphins that calm and activate the relaxation-promoting parasympathetic nervous system. TTouch also works on the tail and feet. Practitioners work carefully to ease touch sensitivity by returning to work areas where your companion enjoys being touched. As he becomes comfortable being TTouched all over and his skin becomes loose and relaxed, his behavior and attitude will improve. In the case of physical injury, pain seems to lessen and movement is enhanced.

Photos by Angie Seckinger