Tuina is an integral part of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) delivered in the form of manual therapy to bring together and balances the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tuina techniques are predominately used to stimulate acupressure points to treat non-musculoskeletal conditions as well as direct manipulative purposes for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. It is classified as a form of medical therapy and widely taught and practiced in Far-East Asia for its fast onset properties for the treatment and management of pain and injury due to physical damage. Tuina is an ancient form of Chinese medical massage. It forms one of the three main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) together with Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy. It is a physical therapy which uses massage techniques and manipulation to stimulate acupuncture points to correct imbalances of the body. Tuina promotes the body’s own natural healing processes and restores Qi (vital energy) and Yin and Yang balance to the body. It can prevent disease and can treat many disorders including:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
- Arthritis, rheumatic pain
- Muscular aches and pains
- Tiredness, lack of energy, insomnia
- Stress or emotional problems
- Weight loss and anti-ageing.
It is a powerful treatment in terms of re-adjusting the functions of the body, Tuina has no adverse side effects. It is often used in combination with Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy.
Acupressure Massage: This is a branch of Tuina massage and is applied to acupressure points (the same points as are targeted with Acupuncture) that lie along the meridians or channels in the body. The body’s Qi (vital energy) flows along these meridians and any blockage is considered to be a cause of illness. Massage Therapists apply pressure to the acupressure points, thus helping to restore health and balance to the body.
Published by Dr. Lily