For those who are not familiar with Flynn's history, he is epileptic and experiences an event every 39-42 days. He has had two hiatuses (hiatae?) of around 80 days. Flynn and I have been doing Demon Battle for 8 years now. It won't ever end, and I've tried everything the literature suggests for meds and "in-seizure mode" to relieve the intensity.
About one year ago, during an event, I began the ocular compression. It helped shorten the event (or so it seemed) by as much as 1 minute. In a seizing dog, that 1 minute is HUGE!
Later on I added massaging his spine while in seizure... that seemed to soothe and calm the episode. Ocular compression and spinal manipulation is a little tricky with only two hands. And telling all the other dogs, gently, to back off.
Tonight Flynn had a brief episode. As fate would have it, I had just audited a cranial manipulation practical at the college... I was standing by, watching where the physician placed his hands, I listened to the complaint of the patient and listened to the instruction of the physician to the student on how to treat.
I tried it tonight on Flynn. Cranial manipulation. It's a VERY sensitive treatment, you have to get your fingers just so under the occipital lobe (the Lab "smart knot") and just gently compress. Not PUSH, but compress with your fingertips. Compress for 3 seconds, release, compress, release.
Shortest seizure Flynn has had in all these years.
WHEWWWWWW! This was a tough one for me to compose!
Seamus and Flynn
How fortuitous that you had audited that practical. I'm sure that Flynn felt relieved as well that the episode didn't last as long. You did very, very well.
That sounds fascinating. I wonder if it would work if they are in pain.
Glad you were able to help Flynn. Poor boy is such a honey.
Flynn is lucky to have you as his mom.
Good job, Nance.
My osteopathic docs got me swimming again after an eight year hiatus because I was afraid of damaging my shoulder all over again.
And so, and so, and so...
Seamus and Flynn
Flynn, your mommy has some awesome super powers!
That is really great that you found that out. Hugs to Flynn
Blackie and Ranger ...............................Reggie: 1996-2010 "Fly Reggie Fly"
Poor Flynn but I'm glad it worked
Thanks so much for posting this Nance, I will mention this to DS and DIL. I know they will do their research before attempting it but great information to share. So glad it worked for Flynn.