Let’s start with a quick overview of what arthritis and rheumatism are, because if you don’t have one of them, it’s easy to get them confused, so just quickly (information taken from the NHS UK website).
Arthritis — a common condition that causes pain and inflammation (swelling) of the joints and bones.
Rheumatism — a non technical term for pain in and around the joint.
Therefore, everybody with arthritis has a form of rheumatism, but not everyone with rheumatism as arthritis.
From the Chi Kung/Qigong point of view the pain and swelling is caused by blockages to harmonious energy flow through the meridians of the body – I’m sure you know that by now =)
So which qigong exercises would best be considered for such pain? Well, 4 come to mind. They are:
Big Turn of the Cosmos – not only does the qi flow from this exercise help to massage the internal organs, but it is also very beneficial for those with rheumatism.
Fierce Tiger Pushing Mountains – this exercise stimulates the flow of energy through the network of meridians in the back and to and from the arms. So not only is it great for internal force, but it also helps those with arthritis and rheumatism.
Green Dragon Presenting Claws – this might be one of the most complicated forms of the 18 qigong exercises in this qigong set, but it is very beneficial for the limbs of the upper and lower body and those who suffer from arthritis and rheumatism will find it of value.
Lift Heels Bend Knees – another physically demanding form. Doing full squats stood on your ‘tippy toes’ does take a bit of practice! For those who are ready this exercise promotes the Small Universal Chi Flow, but as it encourages qi to flow to the extremities of the body it is also beneficial for those with arthritis and rheumatism.
If you’re reading this and you’ve qigong to overcome or relieve the pain of arthritis or rheumatism, why not share your story as an inspiration to others?
Bye for now,
Marcus James Santer