In the workshop on July 12, ATCMA invited Dr. Jianmin Li, the founder of the "Manual Therapy Approach in Treating Soft Tissue Injuries", to teach and demonstrate this therapy approach at Langara College. This workshop was the last session of Dr. Li's lecture tour in Vancouver since July 8. There were almost 50 members attended the lecture.
According to the report, over 1/4 of Canadian suffer all types of pain, among them many could not get effective cure from western medicine system or they simply rely on the pain killer to alleviate the pain. TCM has its unique advantage in treating pain syndrome. The Manual Therapy Approach mainly focus on the cure on the muscle pain of all over the body, including the pain in the joints of the spine and extremities, as well as the internal medicine related symptoms cause by muscle pain.
As we know, the first principle in treating the soft tissue injuries is relaxing the tendons and activating meridians, the two main aspects are alleviating the pain and releasing muscle tension. Dr. Li's therapy starts from these two aspects, makes fully use of local anatomy of Western Medicine, carefully differentiates pain cause by injury of muscle or ligament, makes specific location diagnosis and applies Manual Therapy. During the treatment, Dr. Li combines the instructive language and manual therapy to relax the muscle actively and passively in order to release the pain. After the treatment, patients will do some specific exercise with instructions on the infected muscle to consolidate the effect and prevent the recurrence.
During the workshop, Dr. Li took the soft tissue lesion of lumber sacral vertebra as an example, introduced the essential of diagnosis. He invited members who have the pain to cooperate, demonstrated the whole procedure of the treatment. Symptoms of the members who took part in the demonstration treatment were significantly reduced. One of our member suffered lower back pain for many years, could not lie on his back for sleep. When he lied on his back, his waist could not touch the table. At the scene, after manual therapy applied by Dr. Li, this member could relax his back and lie it on the table, the effectiveness won warm applause. The whole 6 hours' workshop was always filled with a warm atmosphere. Many members said that this workshop is fascinating and broadening their treatment thought, they learned new techniques from Dr. Li.
ATCMA providing professional continue educations for our members and other TCM professionals. It not only let our members to obtain enough continue education credits but also to provide an interactive learning opportunity to promote the development of TCM in Canada. ATCMA has great appreciation to Dr. Xiaoning Liu for his recommendation and inviting to Dr. Li and helping organize it. We hereby extend our hearty thanks to him. Meanwhile, ATCMA wish that all our members can recommend established lecturers or share with us your experience.