Alternative rehabilitation is a program that combines Zhu’s scalp acupuncture with Daoyin –physical, breathing, and mental exercises based on different Oriental or alternative modalities like Tai Chi, conductive education, Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong, and Yoga. It also includes different acupuncture techniques to recover the nervous system: Xing Nao Kai Qiao, electrostimulation of acupuncture points, and others.
What is the difference between regular rehabilitation and an alternative one?
Our alternative rehabilitation program aims to achieve the maximum recovery possible for each patient. Instead of teaching how to compensate for an affected arm or leg, our goal is to restore lost motor skills and functions. There are 3 main components of this program:
- Zhu’s Scalp acupuncture.Research shows that integration of scalp acupuncture into the rehabilitation process produces better results than exercises alone.
- Daoyin.“Daoyin” in Chinese means “to lead and guide”. Daoyin is an ancient form of physical and breathing exercises and mental activities for health and spiritual cultivation. Daoyin does not involve physical activities only, but also integrates mental work into the rehabilitation process. Studies show that just using mind and exercise visualization, without any real workout, can increase the muscle tone and prevent muscle degeneration as if the patient does the real training in a gym (Link). Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to compensate its injured site by creation of new connections. One of the important components of it is the constant “brain training.” For the patient who lost his ability to move or speak, meditative exercises become an alternative option for persistent and continued stimulation to rewire the brain.
- Intensity.Research shows that it requires more than 1,200 repetitions for the brain to “rewire” itself. This number can be achieved by 3 to 8 hours of intensive work per day. Incorporation of Dao Yin into our rehab program and the combination of repetitions of simple tasks with visualization is a key to achieving the maximum recovery possible for the patient.
Who is this program for?
A person with any of the following conditions:
Stroke, Spinal cord injury, Myelitis, Guillain-Barre, Multiple sclerosis, Motor neuron disease, Brain injury, Cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease
The candidate must be strongly determined and motivated!
How long is the program?
Each treatment course varies from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the condition. Some chronic conditions require multiple treatment courses with break intervals.
For acute ischemic stroke, the average length is 2 to 4 weeks.
For myelitis, it may take 1 to 6 months.
For Guillain-Barre disease, it may take 2 to 6 weeks.
For spinal cord injury, it may take 3 months to 2+ years.