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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Physiotherapy is a clinical health science and profession that aims to assess, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate individuals from musculoskeletal injury or conditions. A physiotherapist’s primary focus is to ensure patients achieve their health goals and enhance recovery to optimum efficiency. Physiotherapists can help with movement disorders which may be acquired through work, accidents, present from birth, or as the results of ageing. This therapy is suited for people of all age groups and demographics ranging from office workers, blue collar workers, the elderly, to amateur and professional athletes, regardless of their activity levels.

What are the types of intervention used?

Physiotherapy treatment includes a range of passive and active strategies. Some of the treatment strategies include:

Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago and is a method of treating an injury or disease by stimulating meridians and acu-points with needles. Fort Healthcare only uses fine point, single use and sterile needles.
How does it work?
These needles will be placed along meridian points of the human body which stimulate healing. The needles can help redistribute the Yin and Yang and help to correct any imbalances to relieve tension, stress and pain.
According to The World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is effective in treating the following:

  • Bone and joint disorders: cervical spondylosis, lumbar disc herniation, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and degenerative knee conditions.
  • Pain and nervous system disorders: headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, intercostal neuralgia, facial paralysis and limb dysfunction after a stroke.
  • Gastrointestinal system disorders: gastritis, chronic duodenal ulcers, colitis and constipation.

Cupping

Cupping therapy is another technique that is used in TCM. Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. Evidence has been found of ancient Egyptians using cupping techniques as early as 1550BC.
How does it work?
A vacuum is created between the cup and the skin by burning alcohol, herbs or paper. It can produce a wide range of stimulating effects when placed on certain acu-points or meridian lines. Cupping therapy can assist with increasing blood circulation and reducing symptoms of blood disorders such as anemia or haemophilia. It is very effective in relieving inflammation and fatigue. It can even help with managing symptoms of a cold.
These are some of the conditions that cupping therapy is great at treating:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle ache
  • Flu symptoms
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Epigastric pain
  • Joint pain
  • Shoulder, arm, back, leg pain
  • Soft tissue contusion
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Fatigue and tiredness

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the TCM therapy used by burning the dried wormwood herb “Mugwort” (Artemisia argyi). Although this herb is hideous by name, it is an amazing plant with great treatment applications. Moxibustion assists treatment by increasing stimulation, promoting blood circulation and creating warmth in an injured area. It can help in managing the symptoms of injuries and diseases when applied to meridians or acu-points.
These are some of the conditions that Moxibustion is great at treating:

  • Epigastric pain
  • Joint pain
  • Shoulder, arm, back, leg pain
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Gastroptosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Menstrual disorders