Although being not a traditional part of the dialysis treatment, physical therapy can play an important role in improving the quality of life of dialysis patients. Chinese physical therapy for dialysis patients has been proven to be effective and becomes more and more popular in the world. In this article, I will share with you several Chinese physical therapies.
Firstly, I think it is very necessary for you to get a accurate understanding of the definition of Chinese physical therapy. Unlike western physical therapy, which specializes in exercise and movement science, Chinese physical therapy always combine Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with manual techniques. And the effective ingredients in Chinese medicine are beneficial for dialysis patients. Here I will give you two examples: Acupuncture and Tai Qi
According to traditional Chinese medical theories, in our bodies, there are many acupoints and meridians, which create a flow of energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). If the flow of Qi is blocked, many symptoms like pain, muscle weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, or infections, which are prevalent in the dialysis population. Acupuncture physician need thin needles to stab the acupoint on our body so as to unlock the pathways of Qi and blood. Therefore, enough oxygen and blood can be carried to kidneys to improve renal self-repairing ability. For dialysis patient, only removing the toxins and wastes is not enough, to improve damaged kidney tissues and protecting the remaining renal function is the key. Acupuncture is such a method to achieve that goal.
It is a type of Chinese martial arts, whose health benefits have been well-known all over the world. It is recommended by kidney experts because it is a gentle movement. Compared with other exercise, it is more convenient and safe. Tai Chi can help dialysis patients enhance their immunity. Since many kidney diseases are immune disorders, improving immune ability is good for patients to prevent bacteria from invading their bodies. In general, practicing about 30 minutes is OK, but before you take Tai Chi, you’d better talk with your doctor to check your condition, making sure that this therapy is suitable for you. Although Chinese physical therapy is good for dialysis patients, they cannot just rely on it. A healthy diet and reasonable treatment are necessary without doubt. You can contact us for more detailed information. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.