Manual Therapy: Tuina

What is Tuina?

Chinese Manual Therapy is often called Tuina (tway nah). It is one of the three major delivery systems of Chinese Medicine. It has been used in China for over 2500 years and practitioners there are given equal status with Acupuncturists and Herbalists. It has become known here as Chinese Medical Massage. Tuina means "push-grasp" and as a system of Bodywork it combines soft tissue manipulations and structural alignment in a series of pressing, tapping, kneading and rolling motions with the palms, fingers and hands.

How does it work?

Tuina stimulates the flow of "Qi" and Blood to promote healing in a manner similar to the principles of Acupuncture. Tuina removes blockages along the meridians and channels of the body. Once blockages are removed and the free flow of Qi and Blood are restored, pain is relieved. One's health and vitality become replenished.

What is Tuina used for?

One of the advantages of Tuina over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, not only the acute pain from injury or trauma, but the chronic pain associated with muscles, joints and skeletal system as well. It is especially effective for the pain associated with arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms, neck, back and shoulder pain. It also helps alleviate chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches, gynecological disorders and the tension associated with chronic stress. Typically it is not necessary to remove one's clothing to receive Tuina, and it is best received wearing loose comfortable clothing.

Why might one receive Tuina?

The best reason to receive Tuina is to maintain well-being. Tuina promotes and cultivates vitality and improves health. It is not necessary to be ill or in pain to receive Tuina. Over time Tuina becomes very significant in the prevention of serious illness and disease.