Tui Na Massage: A Traditional Chinese Practice to Explore.

Tui Na Massage: A Traditional Chinese Practice to Explore.

Tui Na is a therapeutic massage practice generally combined with acupuncture and phytotherapy within traditional Chinese medicine. Tui Na (pronounced “twee naw”) can be translated as “push and pull,” according to the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.

Chinese therapeutic massage therapy, which includes Tui Na, is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine that originated during the Shang Dynasty, around 1700 BC Although massage therapy can be used for relaxation and pleasure. Tui Na aims to restore disharmony in the patient by applying pressure to specific points on the body.

How does Tui Na work?

Tui Na is based on the traditional Chinese medicine theory of qi. Vital energy that circulates in the body’s channels called meridians. The exercise includes acupressure techniques to balance the body, remove obstacles in the energy pathways. Because they can increase the vital energy of the body. Tui Na heals and prevents disease through eight basic methods:

  • Palpation (monthly)
  • join (jie)
  • objection (duan)
  • lift(s)
  • Squeeze (year)
  • Knead (mo)
  • push
  • hold (on)

Similar to the principles of acupuncture, Tui Na focuses on specific acupressure points. For example, on energetic trigger points and on the muscles and joints surrounding the affected area in the patient.

Health Benefits of Tui Na.

Tui Na plays a role in both rehabilitation and health maintenance. Treats muscles, tendons and ligaments. Tui Na can treat or complement the treatment of many ailments. Including internal disorders, chronic stress respiratory conditions, shoulder and back pain, musculoskeletal disorders and joint dislocations, etc. Tui Na techniques also enable:

  • Improve blood circulation.
  • Improve joint mobility.
  • Heal soft tissue injuries.
  • Regulate your nerves.

Where is Tui Na practiced?

Tui Na massage therapy combines health principles. Such as anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and biomechanics. This means that the Tui Na is suitable for exercise in a variety of environments. Including individual practices, hospitals, clinics and other healthcare environments.

Tui Na is divided into specialized treatments for orthopedics, geriatrics, chiropractic, physiotherapy, sports medicine, energy work and massage therapy. In addition, many martial arts schools also teach Tui Na for the treatment and management of injuries and pain caused.

Does Tui massage have any contraindications?

Tui na is a very safe practice if performed competently within the logic of Chinese medicine and its general principles. However, there are some contraindications that must be taken into account. These are the following points:

Fractures and open wounds.

Treatment of people with early fractures, open wounds and bleeding areas is contraindicated.

Acute infectious disease.

It is not appropriate to care for patients who have or are suspected of having a serious acute infectious disease. For example, viral hepatitis, viral meningitis or tuberculosis.

Bleeding disorders.

It is contraindicated for the treatment of patients with bleeding disorders. Such as hemophilia or when acute internal bleeding is suspected.

Severe mental/emotional disorders.

Tui na massage does not support patients who are being treated for severe mental and emotional disorders. Like manic depression and schizophrenia. A significant conflict can arise in a patient taking strong antipsychotics and being treated with Chinese medicine. The two approaches are so different that the patient’s Qi can be confused and chaotic.

Skin diseases.

External massage products do not apply to patients suffering from skin diseases. Such as psoriasis and eczema. On the other hand, the massage is considered safe if it is applied to the patient’s clothes and using a Tui na cloth.

Tui Na focuses on the treatment of specific diseases. Rather than taking a more general approach. This makes the practice an ideal alternative or extension to Swedish massage and other massage methods commonly used in Western cultures.

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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