Back & Neck Pain
Lower back pain is a growing epidemic in this country. It is estimated that it disables seven million Americans each year.
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.
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Together, these wellness services offer targeted ways to support the healing journey of our clients. Schedule Wellness Center therapy services in Winchester, VA, call Body Elite today at (540) 535-2777 for an appointment.
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:
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
Vascular Cognitive Impairment
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.
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.
CranioSacral Therapy with Pebble in a Pond Holistic Healing
What Does CranioSacral Mean?
CranioSacral, is the spinal system extending from the head, or cranium, to the sacrum, or sacroiliac joint at the base. CranioSacral Therapy releases restrictions along the craniosacral system to relieve discomfort and improve function. Discomfort causes much ‘dis-ease’ that can result in a variety of disorders any physical dysfunction.
CranioSacral Therapy Can Improve Wellness for Many Disorders
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Central Nervous System Disorders
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Spinal Cord Injuries
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Massage Therapy in Winchester, VA, at Body Elite Physical Therapy
What is Massage Therapy and Its Benefits?
Our skin is the largest organ of the body. It does a lot for our overall wellness that we may not consider every day. Individuals may encounter a variety of body-related discomforts related to our layers of skin and the underlying musculature. Massage Therapy includes the manual holding, moving, and applying of pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Therapeutic Benefits of Massage Therapy
A Chronic Disease
A Life Threatening Illness, for example cancer
delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
high blood pressure
soft tissue injuries stress
subacute/chronic low back
Massage Therapy Brings Relaxation and Enhances Immune Response
Additional benefits to massage therapy include an immediate feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins. These are the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.
Massage therapy also reduces levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine. Studies indicate that high levels of these stress hormones impairs the immune system. Related physical benefits of massage and myotherapy include:
heightened mental alertness
improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
improved skin tone
increased joint mobility and flexibility
reduced anxiety and depression
reduced muscle tension
reduction of stress hormones
stimulation of the lymphatic system
Massage Services Offer a Targeted Therapeutic Touch
aromatherapy – adding essential oils made from selected flowers and plants for their particular therapeutic properties to the massage oil. The scent of sandalwood to reduce nervous tension is just one example, and there are many more.
baby massage – studies find regular massage helps stimulate premature babies to gain weight at a faster rate. It can help to treat constipation, colic and sleeping problems in infants.
lymphatic drainage – this gentle whole body treatment aids the body’s immune system and relaxes the nervous system. It can be an essential reliever for those with breast and other cancers in the body.
myotherapy – involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue pain, injury and dysfunction that affects movement and mobility. Therapists apply myotherapy to restore and maintain the health and function of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).
reflexology – reflex points relate to all parts of the body. We find these points in the feet, hands, face, and ears. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process, based on the principle that certain parts of the body reflect the whole.
remedial – similar to both myotherapy and physical therapy in some ways. Remedial massage therapy involves objective assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the signs, symptoms and causes of biomechanical dysfunction or injury. It uses specific mobilization techniques, in order to restore normal health and function.
shiatsu – an oriental massage technique, shiatsu aims to improve energy flow by working certain points on the body. Its underlying principles are similar to those of acupuncture.
sports – this is the application of massage as a targeted therapy, rather than a particular massage technique. Sports massage depends on the nature of the stage of training or competition. It may also relate to a sports injury or condition and the assessment of the remedial massage therapist. Sport massage is often a blend of techniques. These aim to enhance performance and help overworked muscles to recover quickly.
therapeutic – one of the most popular forms of massage in many countries, designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation. Many know it as ‘Western’ or ‘Swedish’ massage.
We Recognize Massage Therapy Services as Beneficial to Wellness
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