Tapping! A powerful Qigong exercise for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a pervasive issue affecting millions worldwide, manifesting in various forms such as back pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, and nerve pain. While conventional medicine offers treatments ranging from medication to surgery, many individuals seek alternative methods to alleviate their suffering. Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice combining movement, meditation, and controlled breathing, is gaining recognition for its ability to manage and reduce chronic pain.

Understanding Qigong

Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) translates to “life energy cultivation.” It is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been practiced for thousands of years to promote health and well-being. The practice involves gentle movements, rhythmic breathing, and meditation, which collectively enhance the flow of qi (energy) throughout the body, helping to restore balance and harmony.

The Healing Power of TAPPING

Now, let’s try TAPPING which is something you can do every day from Qigong to help alleviate all of the above (back pain, shoulder pain, arthritis and nerve pain).  Tappin g improves blood circulation, relieves muscular tension, and stimulates the nerves all which help the above conditions. Tapping also helps digestion when you tap on your belly, sends energy to the organs when you tap along the ribcage, stimulates the immune system when you tap along the sternum, and opens up the respiratory system when you tap along the chest.

Here’s a fun video of Tapping on the show “Mass Appeal” to follow along with.  It’s something you can do anytime to manage chronic pain.

Qigong and Chronic Pain Relief

1. Back Pain: Chronic back pain is one of the most common complaints. Qigong’s slow, deliberate movements help improve posture, strengthen the core, and enhance spinal flexibility. The practice encourages the release of tension from the muscles supporting the spine, which can significantly reduce pain and discomfort. Use light fists to tap on your lower and mid pack to help alleviate back pain by breaking up muscular tension and improving blood flow to the back.

2. Shoulder Pain: Shoulder pain, often caused by poor posture or repetitive strain, can be effectively managed with Qigong. The fluid arm movements and stretches in Qigong exercises increase shoulder mobility, reduce stiffness, and promote better circulation, aiding in pain relief and recovery.  Tap on the shoulders to relieve shoulder tension.  Remember to breathe deeply while you tap on the body.

3. Arthritis: Arthritis sufferers often experience joint pain and stiffness. Qigong’s low-impact exercises are gentle on the joints, making it an ideal practice for individuals with arthritis. The movements help lubricate the joints, reduce inflammation, and enhance flexibility, providing much-needed relief. Tapping combined with rotation of the joints is beneficial for arthritis.  You can learn more about specific movements that contribute to joint health by trying out a Qigong class.

4. Nerve Pain: Nerve pain or neuropathy can be debilitating. Qigong addresses this by promoting relaxation and reducing stress, which are crucial for managing nerve pain. The meditative aspects of Qigong help calm the nervous system, while the movements improve blood flow and oxygenation to the affected nerves.  Light Tapping helps to stimulate the nerve endings which is incredibly helpful for numbness or lack of sensation in the nerves.  Because tapping is one of the best things you can do for blood circulation, it also sends oxygen and blood to the nerves in pain.

Scientific Evidence and Benefits

Studies have shown that Qigong can significantly reduce chronic pain and improve the quality of life for sufferers. Regular practice of Qigong enhances overall physical function, reduces stress, and promotes a sense of well-being. The gentle nature of Qigong makes it accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels, allowing anyone to benefit from its healing properties.

Join Us for a Free Qigong Class

Experience the transformative power of Qigong yourself by joining our free “Start Your Sunday with Qigong” class.  Sessions are held every Sunday at 10 am (EST) and are specifically designed to address chronic pain. Our skilled instructor specializes in Qigong exercises tailored to alleviate chronic pain conditions, ensuring a supportive and effective practice for all participants.

Take the first step towards a pain-free life and embrace the healing potential of Qigong.

I look forward to seeing you for your first free class on a Sunday that works for you!

Lynne Nicole Smith

Founder of Qigong Infused Yoga™

Lynne has been teaching both Qigong and Yoga since 2002.  She specializes in teaching specific Qigong exercises that have helped thousands of students find relief from chronic pain through Qigong.  She hopes it thrives as Yoga has so that more people can access genuine relief and improved quality of life through its profound benefits.

Lynne welcomes questions you may have regarding Qigong and or Qigong Infused Yoga.  You can email her at lynnenicole@qigonginfusedyoga.com

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