Orthopedics in Chinese Medicine

Orthopedics is one of the world's most sought after areas of modern medicine. Indeed, many of us have to deal with orthopedic problems such as reflected back pain, joint pain, herniated discs and the like. In fact, many of those who turn to Western medicine with orthopedic problems return empty-handed. Western medicine treats the symptoms and provides drug treatment to sooth the pain, but the problem persists and once you quit taking the medication the pain could return and
can even strengthen due to deterioration.

The Center of Chinese medicine in Jerusalem, successfully treats various orthopedic problems as it combines several methods together including – Acupuncture, Laser Acupuncture, Tuina and herbs.

Common orthopedic problems treated by Chinese medicine:

  • Back problems- lower back pain, neck pain,  slipped/ruptured/herniated disc, radiating pain, sore muscle.
  • Shoulder strap – inflammation of the shoulder, frozen shoulder, dislocated shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Elbow – inflammation of the elbow, tennis elbow
  • Dizziness and headaches resulting from orthopedic problems
  • Trigger finger
  • Arthritis
  • Knee – osteoarthritis, inflammation, Meniscus tear
  • Heel spur
  • Fractures

First, the therapist has to understand the source of the pain or the limitation in movement and it should be as accurate as possible in order to match the accurate treatment. The diagnose is not a local one but rather holistic, and it requires a deep understanding of the systems at work in the human body.

Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates the release of a substance called endorphins (= these are analgesics in the body that are released naturally when there is a trauma to the body, thus reducing the intensity of pain transmitted by the brain).

Beyond pain relief, acupuncture is effective by producing anti-inflammatory response, relaxing the muscles and increasing blood flow and by that assisting in the healing process. After achieving these goals, the target area reaches a more balanced state at both physiological and energetic level.

Twina is the Chinese equivalent of western Physiotherapy and has a high success rate in treating orthopedic pain such as back pain and joint pain. This massage technique is very fast and focused and is performed along the meridians where the therapist moves the joints and allows chi to flow freely along them. Blood flow to the area betters, the range of motion of the joint increases and the pain decreases, often disappears.

Acupuncture and Twina are very often accompanied by Herbal treatment in order to strengthen the process. Deficiencies in nutrients, (such as calcium, magnesium and various vitamins) may cause weakness in systems or organs of the body and create imbalances.

Chinese treatment in orthopedic problems aim at solving the problem from the root, creating balance through the nervous system around the skeleton and muscular system, improving circulation and reducing stress.

Acupuncture is safe and without side effects. The acupuncture points have a systemic effect so one can spike specific area in order to make an effect in another area. The result is usually quick and pain relief is immediate.

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