Rehabilitation is gaining more and more recognition because of the rising need resulting from longevity and varieties of disability. Historically, the practice of rehabilitation consists of standard skeletal mobilization trainings as essential provisions. It has become obvious nowadays that skeletal motions are under the control of complex brain activities which need to be involved in the training. Moreover, disabilities could be primarily related to neurological deficits. The concept of rehabilitation, therefore has developed towards a holistic direction: caring for the observable disabilities as well as their deficient central control.
The traditional rehabilitation practices in Asia, as is expressed in Qigong (China) and Yoga (India) emphasize on unique postures related stretching exercises coupled with deep stereotyped breathing. Prolonged practice is expected to lead to a state of meditation.
The Oriental practice of rehabilitation can be explained with the proprioceptive theories. In recent years, the research and explorations on the multiple influences of interstitial fluid circulation as have been discussed in the novel field of Fasciology, further support the plausible claims of Oriental Rehabilitation. The Oriental Practice can be a practical means of achieving a holistic result, gaining harmony between the somatic and autonomic nervous systems.
Since novel therapeutic methods and devices are actively developing in the rehabilitation field, it is proposed that in the planning and organization stage, the Oriental Concept of holistic care in rehabilitation might be included. Self-care and long-term general preventive measures are essential components of the Oriental Practice which would effectively supplement the current clinical practice that emphasizes on immediate results targeted on specific disability problems.
Rehabilitation, Yoga, Qigong, Traditional medicine