Mark Cheng, L.Ac., Ph.D., is the Chief Physician & Director of the Chung-Hua Institute.
As a youth, Dr. Cheng was fascinated by the traditional Chinese martial arts, delving deeply into them during his college years. As his studies in Shaolin kung-fu and Tai-Chi systems advanced, his masters all demonstrated different levels of proficiency with Chinese medicine, and all explained that such knowledge was part & parcel of the Chinese martial heritage.
In dealing with the standard injuries that come with any athletic endeavor, Cheng realized that treatment methods like acupuncture and Tui-Na orthopedics provided tremendous relief without merely masking the symptoms like pain medicines would. This motivated him to study the fundamentals of traumatology from his teachers and eventually go on to earn his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
As a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the State of California, Dr. Cheng demonstrates that Chinese medicine is a truly natural, holistic, and compassionate means of treating the patient, relieving suffering, and preventing disease, especially when coupled with high level diagnostic skill sets such as Gray Cook's Selective Functional Movement Assessment and the Functional Movement Screen. While many clinicians are content to merely help their patients achieve a temporary remission in symptoms, Dr. Cheng believes that corrective exercise is key to retraining the body to hold itself in a more stable, less injury-prone manner.
Prior to becoming overwhelmed by his own clinical practice and his rigorous travel schedule, Dr. Cheng taught Tui-Na at both Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and Yosan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In addition to his clinical duties as a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Cheng is also currently ranked as a Senior SFG kettlebell instructor and a faculty member of Functional Movement Systems. To see his current seminar & workshop schedule, please visit http://kettlebellslosangeles.blogspot.com/ .
Dr. Cheng created an in-home training system with Beachbody, the producers of P90X, entitled Tai Cheng. The Tai Cheng program is the first & only offering in the Beachbody catalogue that focuses on zero-impact exercise and achieving fitness through fine-tuning movement patterns.
In order to meet the growing demand of a public that is hungry for rehab focused movement training, Dr. Cheng partnered with MovementLectures.com to create Prehab-Rehab 101: The Groundwork Progressions. This 2 DVD set takes the developmental neuromuscular sequences & gives individuals multiple points of access, allowing everyone from the professional athlete to the recuperating patient a way to improve their inventory of efficient movement in the safest possible fashion.