Tui Na

Tui Na is an ancient form of Chinese physical therapy, some 2000 years old. "Tui Na" combines the names of two of the hand techniques, "Tui" meaning "to push" and "Na" meaning "to lift and squeeze".

Tui Na is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is part of the formal training in TCM schools. This modality uses traction, massage and manipulation in conjunction with the stimulation of acupressure points. It is used to treat, or complement the treatment of, many conditions including musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

With more than 365 hand techniques available, Tui Na treatments can range from those that are light and soothing to those that are strong and invigorating. By pressing, tapping, and kneading with palms, fingertips, knuckles or other implements, Tui Na therapists are able to remove energy blockages along the body's meridians and restore balance in the body in order to promote self-healing. Tui Na acts to reduce pain, stimulate the immune system, Qi, blood and lymphatic flow, and generate a deep sense of harmony and relaxation in the patient.

In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified into "external" and "internal" treatments. TuiNa was one of the external methods, especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today it is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc.

Non-needle treatment

information from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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