Qigong for Injury Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Guide by Matthew Jessner of White Tiger Qigong
What is Qigong?
Qigong is a holistic practice that originated in China thousands of years ago. It is a powerful technique that focuses on the breath, movement, and inteniont (meditation) to enhance the flow of energy or Qi throughout the body. One of the major benefits of practicing Qigong is its ability to promote healing and alleviate pain. Qigong for injury rehabilitation is a great practice to help you start your healing journey smarter.
Qigong for Injury Rehabilitation
Injury and pain are part of everyone’s life, and they often limit our physical abilities and affect our daily lives. In this context, Qigong for Injury Rehabilitation is an essential practice that helps people recover from injuries and improve their physical abilities. In this article, we will be exploring a vlog by Matthew Jessner of White Tiger Qigong on Qigong for Injury Rehabilitation. You can also watch the very informative FULL FREE video above.
Matthew Jessner is a Senior Instructor of White Tiger Qigong. He has a very broad and knowledgeable background on martial arts and movement. He is passionate in teaching people how to use the techniques of different movement techniques, martial arts, and Qigong for self-improvement and healing. In this vlog, he discusses how Qigong can help in injury rehabilitation and how you can start smart after injury.
Causes of Injuries
- Incorrect Practice
- Incorrect execution of technique
- Training too much
- Training irregularly
- Not training enough
- Incorrect or inappropriate instruction
- Too advanced/long class for you
How does Qigong for Injury Rehabilitation Work?
Injuries often limit our range of motion and result in muscular imbalances, which can cause further pain and discomfort. Qigong can help people recover from injuries by improving the flexibility and strength of the affected muscles and joints. As we practice Qigong, we help the flow of energy to create balance and harmony within the body. This can aid us in rehabilitation from injuries.
It is important to appropriately diagnose the cause of the injury to limit it from occurring again or worsening the circumstance. Diagnosis can be done depending on the severity or the circumstance. If you think you need to seek medical or professional diagnosis then it is important that you do. Professional diagnosis can help you get an appropriate method to approach your rehabilitation.
Reflecting on the circumstance of why we got the injury is also important so that we do not repeat the same mistake. If you have footage of your training or practice it’s good to look back into these to see how this may have caused injury. It could be something as simple as posture, wrong footing, alignment, etc.
Throughout the rehabilitation, it is important that you do not stop practicing. Practicing doesn’t always have to mean physical movement. You can always use the time of rehabilitation to learn, expand, and understand your body in order to come back smarter. This is a great part of your journey to see through what you may usually overlook that could be a key factor to evolving into your practice.
Qigong Approach to Injury Rehabilitation
In White Tiger Qigong, we work on a great deal with what we call the Kinetic Chains. The kinetic chain is the concept that the body works as a linked chain of joints, where movement in one part of the chain affects movement in other parts of the chain. The kinetic chain includes the joints, muscles, and nerves that work together to produce movement. When one joint in the chain moves, it creates a reaction in the neighboring joints that allows for the entire body to work together smoothly to perform physical tasks.
Understanding the kinetic chain is important in sports and physical therapy, as it can help identify and prevent injuries by addressing areas of weakness or inefficiency in the chain. The number foundation of observation of the kinetic chain is your breathing. When we tune in with our breath we become more perceptive of how we actually move (proprioception).
Also, by practicing deep breathing and breath control exercises, we can bring more oxygen into our bodies, which promotes healing and rejuvenation. Additionally, deep breathing can help us relax and reduce stress, promoting our overall well-being.
Qigong help us enhance our ability to develop our proprioception, which is our sense of body awareness. By practicing Qigong, we can slowly and mindfully explore our body’s movements. This can help us become more aware of our body and our limits. This mindfulness can aid in injury rehabilitation and helps prevent future injuries by teaching our body how to move in a more efficient and safer way.
In the broader context of health and well-being, Qigong offers a range of benefits beyond injury rehabilitation. For example, Qigong can help regulate our body’s systems and organs, promoting a sense of balance and harmony. This can lead to better energy, digestion, and sleep.
Practical Exercises and Practice for Injury Rehabilitation
In his vlog, Matthew offers a range of practical exercises and tips that people can practice at home to help with their injury rehabilitation such as:
- Weight Bearing -Observing how weight is distributed in your body
- Proper ankle alignment and movement
- Importance of even knee movement, agility, and strength (not loose)
- Importance of smooth movement of the hips
- Proper posture of the spine
- Importance of proper alignment of shoulders, neck, head
- Movement practice for rehabilitation
- and many more
Learn more about how Qigong can help with Injury Rehabilitation
In summary, Qigong for Injury Rehabilitation offers people a powerful tool to aid in pain, healing, and recovery from injuries. By calming our mind, promoting a better energy flow, and deepening our breathing and body awareness, we can address injuries holistically and experience long-term improvements in our physical and emotional well-being.
Overall, Matthew Jessner’s vlog on Qigong for Injury Rehabilitation is an excellent resource for anyone who is looking to improve their injury rehabilitation journey. Whether dealing with physical injuries or looking for a holistic approach to better health and wellness, Qigong offers a range of powerful benefits and techniques to help us achieve our goals.
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