Chung Moo Does It
About 14 years ago, a young man learned a martial arts style called chung moo doe. After a few months of practice, his severe back pain, which doctors told him could be eased only through surgery, began to disappear. And it hasn’t returned since.
That might be the end of the story, except that the young man became a doctor himself … and created a therapy program for back pain based on the same techniques that helped him. It’s called Alt-Med, and founder Patrick Massey, MD, PhD, says his treatment center has been phenomenally successful since it opened three years ago at Alexian Brother’s Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL. “Ninety-three percent of people who walk in the doors of our clinic walk out pain-free,” he says.
No breaking bricks or chopping boards in half here: Dr. Massey’s patients learn flowing, comfortable motions that are performed for about 20 minutes a day. “The body’s own movement stimulates circu-lation and flexibility, accelerating its own healing process,” he explains.
A recent study of 43 sciatica patients, all of whom failed to get relief from standard therapies, found that 91% were pain-free after three months in the program (Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 1996). Whether that’s the result of increased blood flow to the beleaguered back, increased muscle strength that comes with exercise, or some other reason, the results are impressive.
For now, people interested in the Alt-Med program need to travel to the Chicago area.