Tuina is a form of Chines manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupressure, moxibustion and in Chines herbalism. Tunia uses traction, massage and manipulation in conjunction with the stimulation of acupressure point. It is used for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. It is an integral part of traditional Chinese Medicine. Tuina have fewer side effects than many modern drug-based and chemical-based treatments. It has been used to treat or complement the treatment of many conditions like musculo-skeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems as well.
What does tuina means?
The term tuina translates into push-grasp or poke-pinch in Chinese. it is a series of pressing, tapping and kneading with palms, fingertips, knuckles. It is also implement to remove blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulates the flow of blood to promote healing. It is very similar to principles of acupuncture, moxibustion, and acupressure too. Tuina’s massage techniques range from light stroking to deep-tissue work which would be considered too vigorous or too painful for a recreational or relaxing massage. Clinical practitioners often use liniment, plastersd, herbal compresses and packs to aid in the healing process. It can cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin. Tuina is not used for conditions like compound fractures, external wounds, open sores or lesions, phlebitis or with infectious conditions such as hepatitis. Tuina should not be performed on the abdominal portion of a woman in menstrual or pregnant periods. It is also not used for treatment of malignant tumors or terculosis.
Procedure of tuina acupressure
In a adult tuina session the patient wears loose clothing and lies on a massage table. After answering few brief questions about the nature and location of the health problem and few basic questions about general health, allergies and other existing conditions the practitioner will concentrate on specific acupressure points, energy trigger points, muscles and joints surrounding the affected area. As per requirement clothing is removed to expose a particular spot that requires direct skin contact. The patient is always be informed before this act. No inappropriate or unexpected contact is made in a professional session. Treatment sessions last from 10 minutes to over an hour. Patients often return for additional treatments in case of chronic conditions.