Back & Neck Pain

Lower back pain is a growing epidemic in this country. It is estimated that it disables seven million Americans each year.

Chronic Pain

Body Elite Physical Therapy works with patients to reduce chronic pain. We offer various treatments, including dry needling, massage, and more.

Strains & Sprains

Severe sprains and strains can put a damper on enjoying everyday tasks. Our therapists have training in treating ankles, wrists, and other common sprains to reduce pain and promote healing.

Qigong Treatment for Patients
in Winchester, VA

What is Qigong?

When learning about qigong, we split the word up into two definitions: Qi can be translated as vital energy, and Gong can be translated as skill cultivated through steady practice, so the simplest answer to the question, “What is qigong,” is that it is energy skill or practice.

Qigong is an important branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is defined by the National Qigong Association (NQA) as a “highly refined system of mind-body-spirit practices that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent.” There are two principal divisions under the broad heading of qigong: self-regulation and medical. Self-regulation qigong can be taught individually or in a group setting and can be practiced by anyone to good effect. Medical qigong is performed by a practitioner trained to work with clients one to one in a treatment room setting to restore and improve vital energy flow.

What does Medical Qigong Do?

Medical Qigong has existed for several thousand years. According to the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), this form of treatment is similar to Acupuncture and Tuina therapies, as it is based on meridian and point theory and ancient Chinese philosophy. Some of the therapeutic methods of Qigong include:

Breath training

Psychosomatic exercises


Guided visualizations

These methods direct the practitioners to create a place of health and balance in their clients. Practitioners are trained in Qi transference and replenishment, which they use as a different type of healing art from self-qigong exercises taught for personal use. If you are interested in learning more about qigong treatment, call Body Elite Physical Therapy in Winchester, VA, at (540) 535-7222 or contact us online.

Benefits of Undergoing Qigong Therapy

Similar to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, qigong opens the flow of energy in the same meridians. The NQA explains that qigong enhances clients’ ability to feel the “Life Force underlying the physical world,” while also deepening the ability to communicate with it. Physical benefits can include warming tendons, ligaments, and muscles; toning organs and tissues; promoting the circulation of bodily fluids; and simply enhancing overall health and wellbeing.

Qigong treatments can benefit the following 

physical and spiritual needs:

Low back pain

Gait and shape

Physical ability

Functional ability


Emotional balance


Exercise capacity

Memory scores

Brain function


Moderates ACTH


Vascular Cognitive Impairment

And more…

What to Expect in a Medical Qigong Session at Body Elite

Body Elite Physical Therapy offers qigong treatments to patients in Winchester, VA, and the surrounding areas. A Medical Qigong session is roughly one hour long. Please note that initial sessions may be longer.


Initial Evaluation
At this time, your practitioner will make observations to determine your physical, emotional, and energetic condition. They will use this information to create a treatment plan.


Clothing can remain on as Qi passes through air and clothing. The practitioner usually works about a foot away from the client’s body, and may occasionally touch the client to guide and manipulate the movement of Qi. You may notice varying sensations such as warmth, tingling, coolness, vibration, and possibly twitching as your body releases energy.

Clients at Body Elite Physical Therapy usually find qigong to be a calming, relaxing experience. In some cases, clients can feel uncomfortable, suppressed emotions during treatment. One of the primary goals of Medical Qigong therapy is to release toxic emotions from within the body’s tissues, and having an emotional release can continue to benefit your overall health and mental state.


Like all treatments, Medical Qigong is personalized for each client. After the initial treatment clients will receive a qigong prescription to assist in their continuing healing.