A form of Chinese manipulative therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The words Tui Na translate into “push-grasp” or “poke-pinch” in Chinese. This manipulative therapy is a hands-on treatment using acupressure, and other specific techniques.
How does it work?
Tui Na uses specific techniques to promote a positive response in the body. The practitioner may brush, knead, tap, press, roll/press, grasp, pluck pinch, palm push and rub the areas between each of the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons to get the Qi, or energy moving in both the meridians and the muscles. Along with these techniques, the practitioner can use range of motion, traction, massage, as well as other movements with the stimulation acupressure points to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. The combination of these techniques helps the body to remove blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulates the flow of Qi and blood to promote healing.
What does it treat?
This technique is extremely effective for the treatment and management of injury due to trauma, fractures, dislocations, and muscle strain. More specifically, neck and shoulder tightness, frozen shoulder, torn muscles, muscle atrophy and conditions such as arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive related issues. Tui na has fewer side effects than chemical based drugs and effects can be immediate.