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Tui Na Treatment Of Musculoskeletal Disorders

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If you’ve been fortunate enough to try Shiatsu and acupressure together as a form of therapy, then you might want to try a session of Tui Na that may seem like a combination of the two. Tui Na massage, like Shiatsu, applies rhythmic pressure on the body’s meridians or energy channels. Tui na is one among a variety of bodywork techniques that lubricate and manipulate the joints. It mimics acupressure in that it tends to affect the movement of energy by applying and maintaining pressure on certain acupressure points of the body.

From a Western perspective, Tui Na is a an Oriental bodywork type that closely looks like your average Western massage. Several of the methods look the same — shaking, gliding (Tui aka effleurage), vibration, kneading, percussion (Da or tepotement), rocking, friction, rotation, and pulling. However, similar it may seem to Western-style massage, Tui Na is designed to be more therapeutic than your average Swedish-style massage.

Perhaps, the best thing about Tui Na over standard massage is that it can target a specific problem, such as chronic pain associated with the joint and musculoskeletal systems of the body. It works quite well against shoulder, neck, and back pain as well as against muscle spasms, sciatica, and joint diseases such as arthritis. Tui na is a great treatment for tension related to stress and for chronic conditions such as headaches, migraines, insomnia, and constipation.

Tui Na just doesn’t address joint, bone, and muscle problems, it also works with the body’s chi or life energy at a more profound level. As the practitioner is able to determine the flow of energy of the client, he or she can affect its flow and distribute the energy properly and smoothly throughout the client’s body.

Like all other forms of Oriental bodywork, Tui Na can correct and prevent problems. Health is preserved when the energy of the body is kept in balance. This is a fact not just for physical well-being and health, but also for the health and well-being of the emotions and mind.

Tui Na is an ancient Chinese type of medicine that traces its roots way back to 1700 BC. It is the forerunner of many modern Oriental forms of bodywork. Like all components of Fort Lauderdale Chinese Medicine —Tui Na practice in China was dealt a huge blow during the social and political upheavals brought about by the Communist takeover of China in the 20th century. The Chinese government put into operation in 1929, a policy that would eliminate ancient medicine systems. Chinese Medicine, during 1936, was denigrated as without scientific basis and its practice was prohibited.

Despite these problems, among the majority of the Chinese people, Tui Na survived as a widely popular healing art, who have long used Anmo therapy for treating illnesses and infirmities. The Chinese used to call Tui Na Anmo massage; however, Tui Na is a more specific term that suggests treatment based on Chinese medicine principles.

In 1949, after Communism took over China, there was a change in the policy against traditional medicine, and the ancient way of using Chinese medicine was promoted. Unfortunately, more setbacks occurred during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, in the West, Tui Na is practiced more by osteopaths, physical therapists, and chiropractors than by massage therapists. In Traditional Chinese Medicine colleges, it’s taught as an equal but distinct field of study, needing the same level of training as herbalists and acupuncturists.

The migration of Tui Na to the West led to some modifications to its styles. Unlike their counterparts in China, many Tui Na therapists trained in the West have abandoned the practice of “bone setting”. Western Tui Na practice can be considered as a clinical appendage of Western massage that emphasizes on balancing and restoring energy.

Written by Valerie

March 23rd, 2020 at 11:09 am

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Tui Na Massage Makes You Feel Enlivened, Happy, And Re-Energized

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The ancient healing art of Tui Na massage has been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Overland Park for the past four millennia.

The term Tui Na is derived from two Chinese words, Tui which means “to push” and Na, which means “to grasp”. It is used as treatment for conditions that in western medicine would normally require an osteopath, chiropractor, or a physiotherapist.

While Tui Na usually works on the joints and muscles, it also affects the body at a deeper level, specifically to enhance the flow of life energy within the body. This ‘life energy’ is called qi in China and aside from the body, it can be found in the whole Universe and is considered to be the activating force for all life.

Qi flows in the body via energy pathways known as “Meridians”. These meridians transport Qi energy to the mind, body tissues, and organs. Tui Na is applied by the practitioner to stimulate the Meridians and specific points on the body to balance and smooth the flow of Qi in the body.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, disease is mostly due to an imbalance in the flow of Qi. A balanced and smooth Qi flow makes you feel energetic and confident and boosts your physical, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional well being.

Before starting the treatment, the practitioner will first need to ask you questions about your lifestyle and past medical history. In Tui Na therapy, it is important for you and the practitioner to communicate with each other. During the therapy, the practitioner may need feedback from you to guide him into using the right the amount of pressure and the points that need to be treated.

After the treatment, the patient usually feels enlivened, happy, and re-energized. He can also experience a release of blocked emotional energy. This may cause the patient to feel emotional later on.

In general, Tui Na is deemed to be an extremely safe treatment; however there can be occasions when it should not be administered to patients. Tui Na may not be administered on:

• The stomach or lower back during pregnancy
• Broken or inflamed skin
• The hip area where an artificial joint is fitted
• People with cancer or serious heart disease
• People with osteoporosis or brittle bones
• Children below the age of 5 (this is because their energy systems have not yet fully developed)

Written by Valerie

February 20th, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Tui Na Therapy Helps Stimulate Both the Energetic and Physical Body

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Anmo or Tui Na (pronounced ‘twee nar’) is a type of Chinese Massage that’s been practiced for thousands of years. In Chinese medicine, it is one of the main branches along with nutritional therapy, qigong/taichi, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. In Western societies, Tui Na is not as popular as acupuncture although in China and other Asian countries, it is widely used and actually practiced in almost all hospitals in China. Tui Na massage dates back as far back as 3000 years ago, and a lot of modern massage techniques such as Shiatsu and Swedish massage actually evolved from it.

In theory and practice Tui Na is very different from any other type of massage. It is designed to stimulate both the energetic and physical body; therapists use unorthodox massage techniques to release the tension and knots of muscles while simultaneously stimulating the acupuncture points and energy channels in order to balance and normalize energy (Qi) flow in the same manner as acupuncture. Basically, this implies that Tui Na massage has a gamut of ‘acupressure’ procedures, that it is sometimes referred to as ‘acupressure massage’, although that title can also allude to more rudimentary acupressure techniques that lack the understanding and underlying principles of Tui Na.

There are two basic techniques of Tui Na massage: The Yin and Yang techniques. In the Yin technique, the therapist uses a very gentle healing method involving light touch. It reinforces the function of the internal organs, removes stagnation from the energy channels, and balances and regulates Qi. This technique is a profoundly relaxing and calming therapy.

The Yang technique, on the other hand, is a strong physical therapy that involves deep penetrating massages that break down muscle tension and knots. It works extremely well for stiff and tensed muscles, but without causing pain as some deep massages often do.

In the real world, a qualified and skilled therapist often utilizes both the Yin and Yang methods as needed, and treatments mostly lie somewhere between these two polarities. The treatments are always customized and there are no predefined routines. Each person will be given a unique set of massages based on their own specific needs.

Tui Na follows the same detailed diagnostic procedures as acupuncture and the other forms of Chinese medicine. It also uses the same sophisticated understanding of the mind and body as these other therapies. This is what sets Tui Na from all other massage therapies. The practice and theory of Tui Na massage are inseparable.

As a result, the use of Tui Na can be far more than just a mere treatment for muscle problems; it can be used for a wide gamut of bodily problems including hormonal, psychological/emotional, circulatory, and respiratory problems among others. It also is used to help alleviate stress and in the maintenance of health.

What to Expect in a Tui Na Massage

Before treatment, a complete Chinese diagnosis will be performed on you by your therapist. This diagnosis is basically the same standard protocol you will get if you are getting acupuncture treatment. The therapist will question you about your overall health and your complaint. He or she then will take your pulse and observe your tongue.

Your own specific circumstances will define the type of treatment you’ll be getting. Usually, treatment will be done without the need to disrobe although occasionally, some patients will be asked by their therapist to remove some their clothing if oil is to be applied on the targeted parts of their body.

The therapist makes use of bodily cues to determine the appropriate strength of the massage especially when strong techniques are used since the massage itself is supposed to be a relatively painless procedure. In certain instances, only gentle and very light techniques are used since they can work just as well as the strong techniques.

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Written by Valerie

October 31st, 2017 at 7:20 am

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