As the name implies, Traditional Chinese Bone-Setting is a traditional or age old technique developed in China about 2500 years back that involves setting the fractured or dislocated bone by means of various manipulative therapies as well as Chinese medicines. Though it has been in practice in China since thousands of years, the western countries are still not complacent or aware of its efficacy and thus, shun away the idea of treating bones with Chinese therapies in place of surgeries. To spread awareness about this unique system of medicine all over the world, here is a compilation of some of the most important information about this traditional healing art.
Bone setting is a type of manipulative therapy wherein the fractured bones, dislocated joints or ruptured muscles are joined by means of pulling, repositioning, fixation with splints or bandages, aligning, physical therapy as well as application of herbal medicines. Developed by medical practitioners of China, this therapy forms the basis of many modern chiropractic and orthopedic methods of treatment. In a research involving treatment of patients with back pain by bone setting, physiotherapy or light exercise revealed that the group of patients treated with bone setting showed higher rates of improvement as compared to other therapies. This indicates its superiority and efficacy in the treatment of many orthopedic diseases.
How bone-setting is done?
The manipulative techniques of bone setting are preceded by the massaging of Chinese oils or herbs into the affected area followed by acupuncture that helps aligning the injured soft tissues like muscles, ligaments etc. This soft tissue treatment is essential to ensure that the bones do not pull out of the position again after the treatment. Massaging with Chinese medicine also, serves to relieve the pain associated with the bone or soft tissue disorders and hence, is another important part of the therapy. Manipulation techniques are employed to bring the musculoskeletal structures back into position followed by application of an external ointment and placement of a splint or a bandage to provide additional external support. Usually, the patients have been reported to be able to walk within a few days of this bone-setting treatment.
Benefits of Tradition Chinese Bone-Setting
Apart from being a simple, cheaper and effective mode of treatment involving no surgery or invasive techniques, Traditional Chinese Bone-Setting has been beneficial in treating a variety of motor system diseases such as:
· Balancing the irregular length difference in legs, realignment of the malpositioning of feet, torsion of ankles, hips or knees.
· Treating spondylosis, scoliosis and other back problems
· Alleviating pains in the neck and face region mainly due to tension headache, migraine, cervical spondylosis.
· Relieving aches in upper limbs caused by frozen shoulders, tennis elbows, rotator cuffs and the likes.
· Fixing malpositions of the lumbar region
· Healing exertion disorders like stress headache, eye disorders due to stress or strain, mastication problems.
Being non-invasive and convenient, this therapy is undoubtedly one of the most prominent contributions of Chinese medicine in the modern medical science.