Jin : soft tissue,tendon and muscle
Jin Suo : contraction, atrophy or even degeneration of Jin
La Jin : to stretch and restore the Jin where Jin Suo has occurred.
The Occurrence of Jin Suo
In the theory of Chinese Medicine, the main strip of Jin in a human body runs from the top of the neck to the back, the waist, the thighs, the calves, the heels, and ends at the centre of the soles, Same as acupuncture points, Jin is an abstract concept and therefore not mentioned in western anatomy, however, it is not difficult for patients to become aware of its existence during treatments. When Jin Suo occurs, the contracted Jin will constrain or inhibit the activities of the body.
In the past, Jin Suo was mostly associated with old age. Nowadays, however, it is found in people of all ages, as the result of the widespread of computers since the early 90s. Children start playing computer games from a very young age, and as they grow older, computers become part of their life. People spend too many hours sitting at the computers, without paying enough attention to healthy sitting posture and proper location of the machine; furthermore, there is often not much space under the computer desk for the legs to stretch. In the course of time, Jin Suo will develop in the legs.
Symptoms of Jin Suo:
1. neck stiffness and pain
3. inability to bend
5. leg pain and numbness
6. inability to squat
7. feel that legs are of different lengths
8. malleolus pain
9. walking in small paces
10. tightness of coxa arthral ligament
11. while lying down, inability to lift one leg, sideways or up, so that it is 90 degrees to the other leg
12. reduced flexibility in body movements such as turning
13. shrinkage of muscle
14. Inability to extend or bend the elbow
15. Distention, numbness, pain or inflexibility in the arm, leg, elbow and knee.
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One of the Taoism theories says: ’The extension of one inch in Jin results in the extension of ten years in life’. In fact, people who enjoy longevity usually have flexible bodies. Currently Jin Suo is not listed as a disease according to Western medicine, therefore many patients have been treated without knowing the real cause of their illnesses. For instance, it is not unusual that patients are mistakenly diagnosed as having prolapsus of lumbar intervertebral disc, instead of Jin Suo.
Another common misunderstanding is that the pain induced by La Jin is often considered to be dangerous by inexperienced physicians : they believe that during La Jin, the patient should stop as soon as pain occurs, so as to avoid injury to the muscles or tendons. What they have not understand is that, despite the pain, it is necessary to stretch the contracted Jin, or else it will continue to worsen. It is of course not to say that one should do La Jin recklessly, however, the amount of pain indicates the severeness of Jin Suo: the more pain it incurs, the tighter the Jin has contracted, therefore it is more urgent to loosen it. As soon as the painful process is over, the patient is sure to notice the immediate effect: walking has become effortless, and pain has reduced or even completely disappeared from the lumbar region.
La Jin is also very effective for prevention of Jin Suo, doing it everyday is one of the best ways to maintain physical health.
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