Cross Fiber Friction Technique and Meridian Massage


Epicondylitis

Cross fiber friction technique is used to treat these common elbow injuries (tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow).

Cross Fiber Friction technique is a great method to support the healing of tendonitis anywhere in the body. It is used for both chronic and acute inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments with great success.

Adding a little Meridian Massage to your Cross Fiber Friction treatment can make this great technique even better! In the simplest terms, chronic and acute injuries all reflect either stagnation or a deficiency of the Qi in the associated area. Qi flows along meridians in an organized fashion. Meridian Massage works with the Qi in the meridians.

You can support a quicker resolution to the current injury, and prevent future re-injury, by attending to the Qi in the affected meridian(s). First, apply general pressure to the entire meridian(s), then apply Cross Fiber Friction locally, and then return to general pressure and light movement to the entire meridian. Now, fresh Qi is flowing to the site of injury, and old, stagnant Qi is being carried away. Integrating Meridian Massage with your Cross Fiber Friction technique is that simple!

Repeated injury to the same site is a sign of deficient Qi flow to that area. To get more Qi to the area, first insure that your client is getting enough rest and solid nutrition to produce plentiful Qi in the first place. Next, encourage them to perform light motion to the joints associated with the injury a few times a day, and definitely before exercise or strenuous activity. Gentle movement combined with awareness of the breath will encourage Qi flow to the area.

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

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