Therapeutic Exercises

Probably, everybody knows that lack of movement leads to numerous health problems. At the same time, doing physical activities that you enjoy the most in the gym can put too much strain on certain areas of the body while neglecting others. Developing a specific strategic approach to your therapeutic activities, however, can be done in a number of different ways. 

Therapeutic Activities in Western Medicine

The way physical activity is seen in the field of western medicine is that physical therapy exercises are based on anatomy and physiology. Different types of exercises are designed to have various benefits. For example, the purpose of stretching exercises is to increase flexibility. The purpose of endurance exercises is to increase the person’s stamina, and the aim of strengthening exercises is to increase one’s strength. Balance and coordination exercises are designed to improve just that, balance and coordination. For a more specific example, in physical therapy, the goal of exercises can be to increase the strength of the quadriceps muscle (Christensen et al., 2018; Pham et al., 2016).

Exercise Therapy And Traditional Chinese Medicine

Exercise Therapy And Traditional Chinese Medicine

The traditional Chinese medicine has a huge arsenal of therapeutic activities. Those exercises vary greatly in purpose and mechanism. The theory behind these exercises is much different from the exercise therapy that is part of PT, which is probably the best-known type of exercise. The therapeutic exercises in traditional Chinese medicine are used to balance the body’s vital energy and most of the time includes breathing techniques (Huang & Hao, 2019). In the traditional Chinese medicine exercises (such as Qi gong and Tai Chi)—similarly to acupuncture treatments—are modified to individual patterns of disbalance in vital energy and yin and yang, to restore the balance. At the same time, these ancient exercises can be used to improve the same qualities (flexibility, endurance, coordination, or balance) as exercises do in the western world. These activities developed by the ancient Chinese, at least in theory, can do much more, including improving general and specific aspects of wellbeing (Shen et al., 2018). For instance, in traditional Chinese medicine, the goal may be to improve the circulation of qi (vital energy) in the Stomach channel or to increase the vital energy of the Spleen.

The Benefits Of Therapeutic Exercises

To an observer, Qigong may not seem like exercise at all. This method’s practitioners can stay minutes in one position without movements. But Qigong can be used for developing strength as well as endurance. The main goal of Qi Gong is to harmonize breathing and different body postures, and research has shown that its exercises can have positive effects on many health issues including cancer, cardiopulmonary diseases, hypertension, infectious diseases, movement disorder, and fibromyalgia (Dong, Chang & Chen, 2016).

The Benefits Of Therapeutic Exercises

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