Have you heard about NeuroSpine Institute’s Movement Therapy program? NeuroSpine Institute partners with Dr. James Fox, PhD at Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center conveniently located in the same complex as our Eugene clinic on Centennial Loop.
What is Movement Therapy?
Based upon the traditional Chinese practice of tai chi, this therapeutic process can help you achieve a more balanced state of mind and body. Tai chi is an ancient martial art that can be practiced for a variety of health benefits including:
- Effective healing
- Improved relaxation
- Stronger resistance to illness or injuries.
In our Movement Therapy Program, we encourage patients to accept ownership of their health and rehabilitation. The therapeutic process involves learning and practicing to achieve a sense of internal and external balance. This concept is based upon the traditional Chinese medicine theory that a balanced state of the body and mind allows both more effective healing and a stronger resistance to illness or disorder.
Dr. Fox’s training and experience in tai chi chuan, medical qigong and traditional Chinese medicine provide a sound foundation for using movement as a therapeutic tool for patients suffering from various spinal and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Your therapeutic movement program begins with a referral from NeuroSpine Institute’s Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Gregory Moore, MD. An initial assessment appointment is then scheduled with Dr. Fox to assess the nature of your disorder, ability to move without pain or restriction, and to provide you with an overview of the therapeutic program. The initial assessment allows you and your provider to determine whether or not movement therapy is right for you.
The next step is to determine which therapeutic approach is best suited to your specific health and wellness needs. An individualized therapeutic movement program is then designed to address the rehabilitation process. Follow up appointments are designed for developing individualized therapeutic approaches, aimed at:
- Strengthening muscles
- Enhancing stability and balance skills
- Achieving a greater range of motion
- Learning controlled muscle activation and relaxation
Therapeutic Exercise Group Participation
The Therapeutic Exercise Group is designed for patients who have achieved a sufficient level of movement within a pain-free range of motion and who have made substantial achievement in their rehabilitation, thus allowing them to participate in slightly more challenging and complex movements.
- Exercises that promote greater muscle strengthening, whole body coordination and techniques of relaxation.
- While the movements appear to be similar to the traditional practice of Tai Chi and/or medical Qigong, the exercises used in the therapeutic group are specialized movements guided by scientific literature.
- Benefits include a greater variety of exercises and the support of members in the group to continue working on each other’s rehabilitation and recovery.
Traditional Tai Chi Chuan, Medical Qigong or Meditation Classes
Patients who wish to make continued progress in their rehabilitation are encouraged to enroll in a regular beginner level Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong or meditation class. Visit www.eugenetaichicenter.org or call 541-285-5949 for more information on classes at Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center.