Tui na/ Chinese Physical Therapy
Tui Na uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Like acupressure, Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points. It is a form of Chinese Medicine manipulative therapy and can treat many diseases and forms of Disharmony both internal and external. It is extremely effective for infants and young children, also pregnant women.
It follows the concepts of the meridian system used in chinese medicine – specifically acupuncture – and can also be used to realign the physical body.
One of Tui Na’s advantages over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It’s especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches (including migraines), and the tension associated with stress.
Tui Na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body’s energy in balance, health is maintained. This is true not just for physical health, but for mental and emotional well-being as well.
The style of Tui Na practiced in China today is closer to the work of chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists than to that of massage therapists. It’s taught as a separate but equal field of study in schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine, requiring the same level of training as acupuncturists and herbalists.
Chinese Medicine Physical therapy comprises of a number of techniques including Cupping, Scraping and Blood letting plus Manual techniques and bone setting.
These techniques can treat treat a wide range of pathologies such as:
- Muscle soreness/tightness/stiffness
- Tight chest
- Digestive issues
- Menstrual issues
- Fertility issues
- Frozen shoulder
Just to name a few.