Massage Therapies

Tai Chi Empowers People With Chronic Illness

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Amongst all types of martial arts, Chinese Tai Chi is the one known to be practiced both for defense reasons and for its contribution to well-being. But what exactly is Tai Chi? Having existed as a traditional type of Chinese martial art, Tai Chi was developed over 800 years ago, and its practice combines physical activity, vital force empowerment, internal strength and respiratory training. The primary difference between Tai Chi and many other types of martial arts, is that this specific type does not require physical strength in order to be practiced; its philosophy, instead, focuses more or respiration, gentle and coordinated movement and internal force.

This brings us to the indisputable benefit that Tai Chi can have on many types of chronic diseases. Once a topic of speculation and dispute, Tai Chi has nowadays been proven to have a confirmed positive impact on the physical condition, well-being and standard of living of patients suffering from chronic disease. A 2016 comprehensive study conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine reviewed 33 individual studies, and concluded that Tai Chi can be safely practiced by patients suffering from conditions such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer and osteoarthritis: not only is Tai Chi safe for these chronic sufferers, but it has actually been proven to improve their overall physical performance and reduce pain.

Pain and physical restriction is known to negatively affect the standards of living in the case of many individuals affected by chronic illness. These patients cannot practice the usual type of exercise (e.g. aerobic exercise), which requires physical strain, strong joints and a competent respiratory and cardiovascular system. The effects of chronic pain and disease-related physical restriction are a huge burden, and result in medication over-prescription, melancholia and/or depression, as well as to a gradually declining physical condition. So how does Tai Chi exactly improve physical strength and well-being? A 2015 meta-analysis carried out by Ling Jun Kong et al., illustrates that Tai Chi, a type of martial art that focuses both on the body and mind, is practiced via slow movement and weight-shifting, rather than forceful and abrupt movements. This indicates that it can be executable by people with limited movement and can actually help to improve joint stability, by slowly setting the joint into motion.

Tai Chi also focuses on meditative techniques; this type of cognitive stimulation and concentration exercise can also contribute to an elevated mood, a better immune system and also a better functioning autonomic nervous system. What patients are usually unaware of, is that chronic pain can cause physical complications, such as hypertension and insomnia: individuals suffering from chronic conditions can be heavily affected by such complications. Tis meta-analysis also confirms the positive contribution that Tai Chi can have on other conditions causing pain, such as fibromyalgia, chronic LBP (lower back pain) and rheumatoid arthritis.

At Neomed, we are currently offering a Tai Chi program, suitable and focused on patients with chronic disease. Join and discover a whole new world of possibilities, including a better physical condition, positive energy and guaranteed rehabilitation.

References:

Chen YW1, Hunt MA1, Campbell KL1, Peill K2, Reid WD3. The effect of Tai Chi on four chronic conditions-cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Apr;50(7):397-407

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Jacobson, B. H., Chen, H. C., Cashel, C. & Guerrero, L. The effect of Tai Chi Chuan training on balance, kinesthetic sense, and strength. Percept Mot Skills. 84, 27–33 (1997)

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Tui Na Massage to Restore the Balance of Chi in the Body

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Tui Na or tuina (/ˌtwiː ˈnɑː/) is a form of Chinese therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, tai chi, and qigong.

Tui Na is a body treatment that uses Chinese taoist principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll, press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to stimulate blood flow, ease muscle tension and spasms, clear blockages and stagnation Qi, and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.

Tui Na also works with restoring the balance of Chi. Tui Na practitioner presses on certain acupressure points in the body’s meridian system to stimulate the body’s own healing process.

Tui Na does not simply work on the muscles, bones, and joints. It works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. By keeping the body’s energy in balance, health is maintained. This is true not just for physical health, but for mental and emotional well-being as well.

Tui Na can help with many conditions, acute or chronic:

Headaches, Migraine, Insomnia

Shoulder, Neck pain, Back pain, Sciatica

Rheumatism, Arthritis

Sports injuries

Repetitive Strain Injury

Sprains and Bruises

Fatigue and Stress

Cold hands and/or feet

Digestive disorders

Muscle relaxation

Increase of muscle tone

Increase of circulation of blood and lymph and removal of waste products

Removal of scar tissue

Nerve Regulation

Depending on the type of Tui Na treatment you have, you might leave feeling a bit light headed. Some patients experience sleepiness while others feel supercharged. Sometimes the effect of Tui Na massage can be very emotional. Almost always, everyone feels better after Tui Na.

Contraindications:

Open wounds, Fractures, Skin problems, Tuberculosis, acute bout of inflammation, tuberculosis, major heart failure, renal failure, coagulation disorders, acute renal failure, aneurisms, acute thrombosis.

Please enquire at Neomed reception about this therapy or call us at: 25259988