Martials arts and Traditional Chinese Medicine – how they can prevent sport injuries and assist with injury rehabilitation

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There are many benefits to training in the martial arts. While self-defence is the first thing that comes to mind, a less known but just as beneficial advantage of engaging in these activities is that they can also help with injury prevention in other sports and assist injury rehabilitation. At Joost’s Sports Injury Clinic, Sunshine Coast we encourage you, if you haven’t already, to try traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts as part of your mission for freedom from pain and an overall healthier life.


The close relationship between traditional Chinese medicine and Martial arts spans hundreds of years.  Centuries of study encompassing martial arts, medical theory, practical application and the understanding of medicine has lead to developed treatments to both treat and prevent sports injuries, such as Kung Fu massage (tui na), moxibustion, Kung Fu training with the aim to heal, correction of displaced bones, bone setting and a wide range of other special healing methods.


In advanced study of martial arts, traditionally students are also educated in traditional Chinese medicine where they learn how to prevent injuries from occurring, rather than treating symptoms after an injury has taken place and the appropriate treatment for injuries when they do occur.


Historically, martial arts and traditional Chinese sports medicine became intertwined because of war. They both evolved from the need for people to defend themselves and to heal after an attack or disruption to the flow of ‘Qi’. From this, the healing arts alongside the defensive arts were taught in the belief that it would make a more balanced individual. One great example of this blend of healing and defence is Qigong. Where ‘Qi’ (energy flow) is “trained” (‘Gong’ which refers to the training process which enables ‘Qi’ to circulate normally and vigorously in the body). Qigong is said to promote immunity and the regeneration of damages cells and tissue in the body.


Martial arts training and techniques, in general, can improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, speed and flexibility. Not only that, it breeds discipline, confidence and self-awareness. Those involved in martial arts, such as Kung Fu, attest that they enable a person to be the most productive and positive they can be.


The practical efficacy of applying martial arts as a form of physical therapy is increasingly demonstrated in western countries today. The use of specific martial arts movements as physical therapy has been shown to be especially helpful in sport injury management.


The risk of injury from martial arts is relatively low compared to other contact sports. However, since physical exercise, conditioning and physical contact are all part of martial arts training, risk of injury in martial arts is still an unavoidable factor and may occur due to variety of reasons such as getting hit, falling down, pulling or tearing muscle and so on. But when injuries do occur, with the correct and timely application of the medicine, healing and rehabilitation can be quick and effective, allowing the practitioner to return to training often without surgery and with minimum lifestyle inconvenience.


Martial arts combined with the practice of Qigong, can address specific injuries and imbalances in body movement, strengthen and condition internal organs and full body functions. Patients that have embraced Martials arts and traditional Chinese medicine have demonstrated rapid recovery, ultimately having learned to treat themselves effectively for the minor injuries and learned how to prevent further injuries.

Want to learn more about martial arts and the positive impact they can have to your sports injury and overall health and life satisfaction? You can learn more at Joost’s Sports Injury Clinic.

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