TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This treatment consists of a diagnosis based on the teachings of TCM and the application of needles to specific points of the body, which are distributed in the Chinese meridians, in order to achieve certain therapeutic effects. Other complementary techniques such as moxibustion (application of heat on certain acupuncture points) and auriculotherapy may be used.
It is now a fact that Acupuncture exerts its effects through the stimulation of nerve endings in punctured tissues. This local stimulation causes the release of a series of substances that have as end effect the increase of the local circulation, with improvement of the oxygenation and the nutrient supply to the tissues.
The stimulation of the nerve endings provoked by the manipulation of the needles will trigger a series of physiological processes at the level of the spinal cord and the brain, which will be responsible for the therapeutic action of Acupuncture.
After a thorough examination by WHO, the benefits of Acupuncture are scientifically proven in the following situations:
- Muscular and Articular Problems
- Skin Problems
- Respiratory and Cardiac Problems
- Liver, Biliary, Stomach, Intestine and Kidney Problems
- Problems in the Nervous, Endocrine and Circulatory Systems
- Sense Organ Disease
- Headaches and Problems at TMJ
- Psychic and Psychosomatic Problems
- Problems in Prostate, Impotence and Premature Ejaculation
- PMS, Menopause and Infertility Problems
- Chemical Dependencies
- Post-Operative and Cancer Treatments
In massages there are two distinct lines, the western line and the eastern line.
The West follows more or less the rules of medicine or Western science, that is, treatments scientifically proven, where the results are tested and approved in the musculoskeletal, skeletal and muscular apparatus as is the case of quiromassage.
The oriental massage aims more at the energy balance, working on the meridians of the human body. This is the case of Tui Na and Suction Cups.
There are points in common such as the relaxation of the nervous system, the release of hormones such as oxytocin and endorphin, and the stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems. From this point of view, the West and the East generally do the same work but with different basic ideas - the West viewing the anatomy and skeletal-muscular system as the main component and the East based on the vital energies of life.
Quiromassage is a specific massage technique, with therapeutic purposes, used essentially to eliminate or to diminish the muscular pains, be of the type tensional, of joint block or lack of tonification.
This massage acts on the body and mind, providing an improvement in the circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive and skeletal system, promoting a significant increase in health and quality of life.
In order to achieve this goal, Quiromassage is based on the manual application of a certain type of manipulations, which can undergo frictions, pressures, percussions and stretches, depending on the effect to be achieved.
It has excellent results in the following situations:
- Activation of Metabolism
- Treatment of Arthroses
- Treatment of Muscle Contractures and Muscle Strains
- Treatment of Sprains
- Stimulation of the Circulatory and Nervous Systems
- Treatment of Sleepwalking
- Treatment of Articular Problems
- Treatment of Postural Problems
- Body Relaxation
Tui Na Massage
Tui Na massage is one of the ancient healing arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although Tui Na has been used in China for more than 4,000 years, and is still used today in hospitals and clinics around the country, it has only recently come to the attention of the West.
With different parts of the hands and according to the client's pathology, the therapist does directly on the meridians, acupuncture points and other parts of the body, multiple massage techniques. This therapeutic method, which is practiced outside the body and has an effect inside the body, contributes to the clearing of the meridians, promotes the circulation of energy and blood, regulates the functions of the internal organs and lubricates the tendons and bones. Allows to prevent and treat some pathologies and improve physical and psychological well-being.
Among the various manifestations of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na is the one that best joins the useful to the pleasant. If among Westerners, the meaning of massage is restricted to a practice of local manipulation, in the East it is extended to the action it plays in the nervous, reproductive, digestive and circulatory systems and the benefits it brings to cutaneous tissues, blood circulation and also bone structure. That is, benefits to the integral health in the physical, emotional and mental aspects.
Tui Na enhances the body's natural ability to heal itself at all levels of being. It acts holistically in the balance of energy flow throughout the body, mind and spirit. Its different techniques aim to regulate the function of the meridians, balancing the respective flow of energy: to sedate it if it is in excess and to tonify it, if it is weakened, regulating the passage of the energetic flow in the body of the person.
The benefits of Tui Na are as follows:
- Tui Na stimulates and tones the skin, activating the subcutaneous blood circulation, facilitates the elimination of toxins, and give more shine to the skin.
- The movements, the percussions, the frictions of the Tui Na activate the circulation of the organic fluids and in particular of the blood and the lymph allowing a better distribution of the oxygen in the tissues and a better elimination of the toxins.
- Tui Na massage is a good technique to relieve muscle pain. Thanks to its stimulating action on the circulation of fluids, the muscle fibers quickly get rid of toxins that generate fatigue, strains and contractions.
- The vegetative nervous system encompasses the viscera and endocrine glands. It consists of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which tend to balance each other. Tui Na thus contributes to maintaining this precious balance and, if necessary, to re-establishing it.
- The cerebrospinal nervous system consists of the spinal cord and the brain, which in turn comprises the spinal bulb, cerebellum and brain. This system has the function of transmitting orders to different muscles, coordinating vital functions and managing sensory information. Tui Na allows to calm this system, often overwhelmed by too many sensory stimuli.
- The viscera are organs contained in the cranial, thoracic and abdominal cavities. These organs are stimulated by the Tui Na, favoring their functions or providing their relaxation.
- Many of the endocrine glands are related to acupuncture points. Depending on the need, these glands can be activated or calmed in order to harmonize their functioning with the rest of the body. It is through these glands that stress and emotions act on the organs, weakening or depleting them.
Suction cup therapy
Suction cup therapy is a technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. This therapeutic method consists in the application of suction cups in a certain area of the skin in order to treat diseases. Although there are several methods and different types of suction cups the goal is always the same, to cause negative pressure in the place where they are applied.
The use of this method by Olympic champion Michael Phelps at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 mediated this therapy in the West especially among high-level athletes.
There are numerous benefits in applying suction cups, but the following are the most important:
- Increased blood circulation
- Stimulation of cutaneous metabolism
- Increasing the renewing power of the skin and its resistance
- Improvement in the functioning of internal organs
- Balance of the Nervous System
Thus, in addition to acting as a preventive method, it helps to solve problems such as chronic gastrointestinal disorders and constipation, chronic joint rheumatism, chronic headaches, vertigo, muscle tension and hypertension.