I'm iain from Melbourne, Australia.
I came to Beijing for a holiday but have so far spent most of my time in a massage hospital, and now i'm living there !
I wanted to ask some people about Chinese medicine, and massage treatment. I have tried to gather as much information as i can from my doctors and nurses, but sometimes the language difficulites make things confusing.
I have slipped discs in my lumbar spine. It's an injury that's happenend over many years, playing football is one of the main reasons, but also i think this area in my lower back is a place where i seem to hold most of my stress and worry. so over these years its got to quite a bad state, and i really want to fix it.
I have had a lot of chinese massage on it, from my blind doctor Xue Nan who is pretty cool and on the weekends sometimes we have day trips (i was taken around the summer palace by a blind man ! ). I have a lot of short wave and medium wave therapy, along with traction. and now also i have started some acupuncture. i'd never had acupuncture before and found the whole thing quite intense. such a strange sensation, as the needles were put in, or taken out, i felt a dull pain coming from far away, then from now where the gap was jumped and the pain was coming from somewhere in my core, it felt like i was plugged in, just for a few seconds, to this electrical charge. is this what the river of qi feels like ?
So i guess i'm just looking for some advice on any of this ? have you, or somenoe you know, recovered from severe injuries with this kind of treatment ? any help would be appreciated. things have got better as we've got rid of the inflammation, but lately they seem to be stalling.
Sometimes i feel like an experiment here, how long before this western body breaks down and accepts the chinese style ?
peace and clear skies