TCM is fast gaining traction in Singapore. Find out exactly how TCM remedies can help to combat muscle strains and pains from sports-related injuries.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Singapore has been steadily gaining popularity, with a growing number of people seeking treatments like acupuncture and cupping to deal with sports-related injuries. According to Tan Wen Jia, TCM physician at the Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic at Eastpoint Mall, TCM has actually long been used in injury management, dating back to the times of the Shaolin monks who complemented their rigorous training with TCM remedies.
But first, a quick backgrounder: TCM adopts a holistic approach to one’s physical wellbeing. TCM practitioners believe that maintaining the body’s natural balance and harmony is essential for physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. These factors contribute to and affect the body’s internal balance.
Wen Jia explains exactly how TCM can be beneficial for active individuals, and why it should be part of your fitness routine below.
How does TCM help with pain management in sports injuries?
In TCM, pain conditions such as tendonitis, muscle strains or sprains arise due to disruptions in the flow of blood and Qi in the body. These disruptions can arise because of factors such as stasis or blockages that obstruct the meridian points in the body. The TCM treatments thus work to promote blood and Qi flow in the body, fixing the disruptions that cause pain. When administered for pain conditions, these treatments can provide quick pain relief and speed up the recovery process by reducing inflammation and improving the circulation in the area.
What TCM treatments are recommended to treat sprains and muscle strains?
TCM treatment works to correct these disruptions through a variety of treatment methods including acupuncture, cupping, herbal medication and tuina. Do consult with a registered and licensed TCM physician to find out which would be most suitable for you.
– Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific acupoints in the body to promote the smooth flow of Qi and blood circulation.
– Cupping involves placing glass cups that are heated to create a suction force on areas of the body to stimulate blood flow and relieve muscle tension.
– Tuina, also known as a therapeutic massage, uses various techniques and muscle manipulation to improve circulation and remove stagnations in the body.
– Herbal medication is a prescription made from a combination of various herbs usually tailored to your body condition to harmonise the imbalances in your body.
– Herbal wraps or herbal plasters are made from a mixture of herbs administered externally on affected areas.
What are some common acupressure points that can help alleviate pain in common areas?
Massage your own acupressure points to gain quick relief from common pains. To do so, apply firm pressure or use a kneading action on the acupoints for three to five minutes, two to three times a day.
For general wellness and performance
Zu San Li – Four fingers down from the bottom of your kneecap, one finger width from the outer boundary of the shin bone.
Feng Shi – Located on the thigh. To find it, stand straight with arms by your sides. It is where the tip of the middle finger reaches.
For neck tension
Feng Chi – Located at the base of the skull. Find the depressions just outside of the trapezius muscle at the top of the back of the neck.
Jian Jing – Located at the shoulder, halfway between the spine and the shoulder joint.
For lower back pain
Wei Zhong – Middle of the back of the knee, in the crease of the knee.
Da Chang Shu – At the lower back, four fingers below the waist and two fingers away from the spine.
For elbow pain
Qu Chi – Bend elbow to a 90-degree angle. It is located at the depression at the end of the outer crease of the elbow.
Shaohai – Bend elbow to a 90-degree angle. It is located about a thumb’s-width away from the inner crease of the elbow.
Shou San Li – Located on the forearm, bend elbow to a 90-degree angle and find the point three fingers away from the elbow crease, along the outer surface of the forearm.