January 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm #45823
Recently, I sustained a low back strain. There are several Chi Kung movements that are specifically for this problem. I did “Pushing Mountains” and can’t tell that it did any good. My question for any movements for any problems, how much time must a person spend on a particular movement to tell a difference? Seems to me that it must be a lot!January 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm #45824
It depends on a number of factors:
1. How effective is the qigong movement as compared to others that exist?
2a. How much time did you spend on the qigong movement?
2b. Did you spend enough time? Did you spend too much time and overdo it . . . causing more strain?
3. How many days in a row have you done the practice?
So there are many variables, and the answer entirely depends on these things. Therefore, in the end, the effectiveness could range from “very effective” to “not effective at all”.
I’m not familiar with the particular qigong movement you cite, so can’t comment further.
However, as a sidebar, the absolute best way to heal ACUTE injuries of ANY kind–in my experience–is to do a focused inner smile to the area. Focus in on the area with your conscious attention, and bring warm smiling golden qi to the area. Feel the area healing as a result. Since this is a meditation, you can’t really overdo it. Moreover, in my experience, it is absolutely the most powerful method that exists (bar-none) as compared to either qigong movements or Western medicine. For chronic conditions, other stuff is better (e.g. DHQ form) . . . but for acute injuries, this is the absolute best. It works regardless of what it is, e.g. broken bones, bruises, sprains, etc.
After taking care of immediate healing issues, the best way to avoid physical injuries in the future is to strengthen the physical body using material from the Healing Tao Physical Body Curriculum (e.g. Tai Chi, Tao Yin, Iron Shirt). [and if you have physical body issues, I’d recommend you start with the Tai Chi, and work from there]. In any case, you may want to explore this after you heal up.
Hope you recover soon!
StevenJanuary 31, 2016 at 4:20 pm #45826
Thanks Steven. You always given good, thoughtful and informed input.
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