Acute Acupuncture: Tuina
Tuina is a form of traditional Chinese Medicine using methods closely related to forms of treatments such as chiropractors, medical massage, physiotherapy, and osteopathy. Tuina is also similar to more common Western massage techniques such deep tissue massage, sports massage, pregnancy massage, Swedish massage, and Lymph drainage massage. However, Tuina is over 2000 years old and this modality is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world.
Tuina, also called Tui Na, or Tuina massage is a form of bodywork based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine working with acupuncture points along with the meridians throughout the body. By using tuina we can tap into the same properties of the Acupuncture points by stimulating the energetic properties of these points but without using any needles.
Common Tuina techniques use stretches, pressure points, and joint rotations, which are used to help restore and harmonize the flow of energy or life force restoring the body’s natural balance.
The name of this massage therapy literally comes from the two words describing actions in the treatment. Tui means “to push” and Na means “to grab or squeeze.” Tuina has been dubbed a combination of Shiatsu, a Japanese bodywork practice, and acupressure massage.
Tuina may be helpful in the management of any pain or ailments such as back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness, leg and knee injuries, rotator cuff injuries and many more. Not only this, but this ancient method can be a helpful way to enable you to unwind and relax similar to Western massage techniques.