Author: Noda Kozo
Headquarters of Japan Qigong Seitai, Japan 
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1993
Other: Pages: 145 , Word Count: 390
There is no medical term for the so called 'slipped disk'. In Japan, it is called 'gikkurigoshi'. The mechanism of the slipped disk is still basically unknown. The only thing which is known is that the intervertebral disk is pinched in between the vertebrae. This paper deals with a short (1-3 min) treatment for the slipped disk, developed by the Japan Qigong Seitai (Japanese martial art's qi-resuscitation and Chinese qigong) clinic.
First, the therapist should find out the location of the slipped disk, should have the patient lie down supine and should inject qi to the points 'Zhongfu (Lu l) at the upper chest. Second, qi should be injected into the points Xuehai (Sp l) above the knee joints. The upper body is fixed to a therapeutic bed with belts which should be put around the arms. The legs are then pulled straight following initial bending of the knees. The legs, more precisely. are pulled slightly upward. This pulling is repeated two or three times. After the pulling, Back-Fixing Qigong and Radiating Qigong are applied to the patient, who is now lying on the floor, in order to release the concentrated qi to the low back. The released qi is radiated to the entire body and moves all the muscles of the body.
As the muscles move, the intervertebral disk tries to move back to its original place. It reduces pressure to the nerve fiber and consequently reduces the low back pain. Now the patient can bend the body forward and backward. It is to trigger the natural healing power of oneself. As many as seventy percent of all clinical cases (above 2000 cases ) are treated successfully by one to three treatments. Successful treatment is seen in about fifteen percent by four to five treatments. Improvement is seen in about five percent. No improvement is observed in about five percent of the patients. The remaining five percent of the patients discontinued the treatment at our clinic, and no further information was obtainable. Therefore, ninety percent of the clinical cases were improved by the present treatment. If it is the first occurrence for the patients, nearly all gikkurigoshi is improved. This treatment is only used for the contact qigong (kikatsu, in Japanese terms) in the Japan Qigong Seitai therapy. It is quite hard to apply this method to the Noncontact Qigong therapy.