Taichi For Healing Bone Issues

There are innumerable reasons for bone issues. They can stem from having rickets in childhood, rheumatoid arthritis in the young and the old, low bone density issues due to heredity, bad diet and eating habits, illnesses, incorrect or wrong medication, etc. Bone issues can affect children, adults and old people alike. No matter the age, bone issues definitely result in a debilitation of lifestyle. To manage bone issues can be challenging, leading to frustration and a feeling of helplessness. Depending on which part of the body is affected, one can start feeling not just physically disabled, but mentally and emotionally as well. And prolonged use and dependence on potentially damaging painkillers and muscle relaxants could easily follow. But what if we could start early? Start in the beginning focussing on prevention rather than damage control?
Taichi is an amazing art that manages to do just that. Taichi and Qi gong work on the meridians (energy pathways) of the body. Simply put, the aim is to ensure that the meridians remain open/without blockages so that the energy can flow freely through them reaching every organ in that meridian. Harnessing and cultivating qi brings about amazing changes in the body. Blockages cause pain, restriction of movement and one issue often leads to another. Taichi works on energy and the way one is able to use the energy inside and outside the body as per Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Standing Qigong Meditations or the moving Taichi forms all harness and cultivate energy. Often energy blockages in the lower part of the body result in issues related to legs and pelvic region. For a smooth flow of energy one starts to focus on blockages. Soon you are able to stand better and move more fluidly than before. The back starts strengthening, endurance improves and overall corrections in the body start taking place. For those with bone issues, here are some simple qigong exercises that can benefit you. However, please note that this is an adjunct not a substitute for medical protocols and follow up.
Propping Up The Sky:
Stand with feet shoulder distance apart, parallel to each other. Knees must be slightly bent. The tongue lightly touches the upper palate behind the upper teeth and the gaze is directed straight ahead. Shoulders should be relaxed. The pelvis must be tucked in so the lower spine is straight. Stand with palms 2-3 inches below the navel as if you are scooping up and collecting something from the ground. Start lifting your palms up higher and higher till they reach your chest. Slowly turn palms upwards from the chest and push palms straight up to attain the Buddha posture. Both palms will be turned upwards but the fingers of each palm will be very close to each other. Feel as if you are pushing and then propping up the sky over your head as the name suggests. Remain in this posture for 2- 3 seconds. Then bend elbows, slightly and start lowering your arms, bent from the sides. Ensure that the hands do not come ram-rod straight down the sides of the body but are slightly bent. (If you have any cervical issues start watching your palms as they turn upwards and go up above your head in Buddha posture. Remain standing in that posture, looking up at your hands for 2-3 seconds. Then slowly start looking in front of you as your hands start coming down.) You can do this 8 times in one sitting.
Place the back of your palms behind on the lower back (kidney area) and start massaging. Do not rub too hard or too softly. It should be a good comfortable rub. First do it clockwise and then anti- clockwise, or diagonally or circular. Use any kind of movement but ensure that the shoulders do not get strained whilst doing this.
With the right thumb and index finger press and stimulate the base of the ‘V’ in the webbing between the left thumb and index finger. Then change the hands around. Pulse (by pressing and releasing area) or stimulate with clockwise and anticlockwise movements keeping pressure continuous. Do this for 2 minutes daily in conjunction with the aforementioned exercises.

These simple points will bring you the relief that you require.

There are innumerable reasons for bone issues. They can stem from having rickets in childhood, rheumatoid arthritis in the young and the old, low bone density issues due to heredity, bad diet and eating habits, illnesses, incorrect or wrong medication, etc. Bone issues can affect children, adults and old people alike. No matter the age, bone issues definitely result in a debilitation of lifestyle. To manage bone issues can be challenging, leading to frustration and a feeling of helplessness. Depending on which part of the body is affected, one can start feeling not just physically disabled, but mentally and emotionally as well. And prolonged use and dependence on potentially damaging painkillers and muscle relaxants could easily follow. But what if we could start early? Start in the beginning focussing on prevention rather than damage control?

Taichi is an amazing art that manages to do just that. Taichi and Qi gong work on the meridians (energy pathways) of the body.  Simply put, the aim is to ensure that the meridians remain open/without blockages so that the energy can flow freely through them reaching every organ in that meridian. Harnessing and cultivating qi brings about amazing changes in the body. Blockages cause pain, restriction of movement and one issue often leads to another. Taichi works on energy and the way one is able to use the energy inside and outside the body as per Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Standing Qigong Meditations or the moving Taichi forms all harness and cultivate energy. Often energy blockages in the lower part of the body result in issues related to legs and pelvic region. For a smooth flow of energy one starts to focus on blockages. Soon you are able to stand better and move more fluidly than before. The back starts strengthening, endurance improves and overall corrections in the body start taking place. For those with bone issues, here are some simple qigong exercises that can benefit you. However, please note that this is an adjunct not a substitute for medical protocols and follow up.

Propping Up The Sky:

Stand with feet shoulder distance apart, parallel to each other. Knees must be slightly bent. The tongue lightly touches the upper palate behind the upper teeth and the gaze is directed straight ahead. Shoulders should be relaxed. The pelvis must be tucked in so the lower spine is straight. Stand with palms 2-3 inches below the navel as if you are scooping up and collecting something from the ground. Start lifting your palms up higher and higher till they reach your chest. Slowly turn palms upwards from the chest and push palms straight up to attain the Buddha posture. Both palms will be turned upwards but the fingers of each palm will be very close to each other. Feel as if you are pushing and then propping up the sky over your head as the name suggests. Remain in this posture for 2- 3 seconds. Then bend elbows, slightly and start lowering your arms, bent from the sides. Ensure that the hands do not come ram-rod straight down the sides of the body but are slightly bent.  (If you have any cervical issues start watching your palms as they turn upwards and go up above your head in Buddha posture. Remain standing in that posture, looking up at your hands for 2-3 seconds. Then slowly start looking in front of you as your hands start coming down.) You can do this 8 times in one sitting.

Place the back of your palms behind on the lower back (kidney area) and start massaging. Do not rub too hard or too softly. It should be a good comfortable rub. First do it clockwise and then anti- clockwise, or diagonally or circular. Use any kind of movement but ensure that the shoulders do not get strained whilst doing this.

With the right thumb and index finger press and stimulate the base of the ‘V’ in the webbing between the left thumb and index finger. Then change the hands around. Pulse (by pressing and releasing area) or stimulate with clockwise and anticlockwise movements keeping pressure continuous. Do this for 2 minutes daily in conjunction with the aforementioned exercises.

 

These simple points will bring you the relief that you require.

 

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