Bernard J. Plansky, MD, Fellow American Academy of Family Practice
Three years ago a chronic ankle injury became acute and on the verge of major surgery for severe post-traumatic arthritis. Three years later I have returned to my athletic activities which at one time did not seem possible – and at a higher level of performance.
As a medical doctor I know that central to this remarkable turnaround was studying Nei Kung, Tai Chi and Eternal Spring with Master Chu. Traveling the four hundred miles from Rochester, NY to Times Square on a regular basis, I continue to take classes with Master Chu and then practice daily in Rochester.
The body’s response to injury, if made chronic, can serve to seal in the original injury. Recent neurological research has shown the changes in blood circulation and the flow of attention in relation to the injured part creates the necessary factors for maintaining a state of inflammation. The joint becomes tight and closed and functionally disconnected from the flow of the rest of the body.
The isolated parts can be identified and treated with the intent of enabling joint relaxation, strengthening and opening – but at what pace and in what sequence? What is indisputably needed is an integrative form with time-tested principles of directing attention to the body which when followed enables the intelligence of the body to find its own trajectory for reconnection and healing.
Master Chu’s Nei Kung, Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are such treasures. With diligent practice and training they allow a gradual restoring of functioning, reestablishing of connections within the body and healing of injuries.