There are many facets to the practice of Chinese Medicine. It includes aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as new concepts of application. Just as various Alternative Medicine types have evolved, such as Osteopathy, Homeopathy, and Chiropractics, so has Chinese Medicine.
A) Acupuncture : Involves the use of various caliber and needle lengths which may be applied in several ways:
B) Manipulation : Dealing with the muscular condition at a local level as in dealing with neck spasms, back pain and elbow conditions. Stretching, traverse friction is applied and attempts to re-establish coordination between the tight and the slack.
C) Cups: Used for decongesting an area as well as reduce spasm thus reducing pain, and improving function. Undertaken as a part of a combination of measures such as heat, manipulation as well as needles. It often helps in re-establishing homeostasis.
D) Heat Treatment: Reduces muscle spasms, improves circulation and aids in healing. It may take various forms such as ultrasound, basic laser application, heat lamps, and hot compresses. Alternating hot and cold may help in some situations.
E) Exercises : Eases spasms, reduces tension in tissues, but manipulating parts and modifying pain intensity may require a program of muscular work regain the optimum use of the muscle and joint. Such programs are applied regionally and help improve muscle performance and maintain good function.
F) Others : There are various methods that are applied when deemed necessary. Muscle stimulation pads, traction, various joint supports such as certain types of braces (ankles, knees, and elbows) can be useful.