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Tui Na Is An Excellent Way to Relieve Pain and Treat Tired and Aching Muscles

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Pronounced’twee na,’Tui Na, (also called ‘anmo’) is a type of Chinese massage that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is one of the major components of Chinese medicine alongside diet therapy, qi gong/tai chi, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture. Tui Na is deemed a major and popular form of treatment in China which is used in most hospitals in that country although it still is a bit uncommon in the West. Tui Na is more than 3000 years old, and a lot of modern forms of massage like Shiatsu and Swedish massage are derived from it.

Unlikeany other type of massage both in practice and theory,Tui Na deals with the energetic body and physical body; its practitioners utilize what one would recognize as massage styles to relieve the tension and knots of the muscles, and work with the meridians (energy channels) at the same time. It also regulates acupuncture points and balances the circulation of Qi (vital energy) in much the same way as acupuncture. This means that in Tui Na, there are a number of ‘acupressure’ techniques used, and sometimes it is referred to as ‘acupressure massage.’ This term is also used for less complex acupressure techniques that lack the understanding and underlying theories of Tui Na.

One can classify Tui Na into two styles: Yin and Yang styles. The Yin Style uses light touch and is an extremely mild healing practice. It balances and normalizes Qi energy, enhancing organ function and removing stress. The Yin style is a profoundly relaxing and calming therapy.

One the other hand, the more physical Yang style utilizes deep penetrating methods in order to dissolve muscular tension and knots. It is very effective on stiff and tight muscles, but without the pain associated with a lot of deep massages.

In reality, a qualified and well-trained practitioner will adopt both Yin and Yang techniques,if needed, and a lot of treatments are found somewhere between the two extremes. There is no one uniform treatment and treatments are always customized according to the needs of each patient.

Tui Na involves the same thorough diagnostic procedures and a sophisticated understanding of the mind and body used by acupuncture and other modalities of Chinese medicine. This is what makes Tui Na a unique type of physiotherapy separate from most other massage. The treatment is inseparable from the theory, in Tui Na.

This makes this therapy suitable for problems other muscular conditions. It can be used for a wide array of “internal” problems including hormonal imbalances, psycho-emotional conditions, digestive issues, and digestive, circulatory, and respiratory conditions and others. It also is quite effective in alleviating stress and in maintaining health.

A Tui Na Treament

At the start of the treatment, the patient will need to undergo a thorough Chinese Diagnosis before undergoing treatment. The patient will be asked by the practitioner about his general health and complaint, and then will take the patient’s pulse and examine his tongue.

The treatment is always customized based on the patient’s specific needs. Usually, you are not required to remove your clothes. But if oil is to be used, you may need to remove some of your clothing.

The practitioner will look for signs from your body to determine the correct strength of the techniques, especially when strong techniques are used. The treatment should not cause pain. In certain instances, only very gentle and light techniques are used, which nevertheless,is oftentimes quite effective.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a board certified and licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Ni Nan Healing Art Center in Bellmore, NY.

Written by Valerie

January 17th, 2017 at 12:38 am

Posted in Acupuncture