Tui Na incorporates technique called 'acupressure' that is very similar to Acupuncture, but the specific acupoints are being stimulated by applying pressure of fingers instead of needles.
Commonly this technique is used while massaging to help with qi blockages and restore good blance of body.
This therapy is most frequently used in treatments of superficial trauma and injuries, and covers a wide range of musculoskeletal problems.
It is also often applied when acupuncture is deemed inappropriate for instance in cases where patient is afraid of needles, takes anti-coagulant medications, children and elders.
Tui Na Bodywork
The term tui-na means 'Pinch and Pull', which describes a manual therapy without use of tools. It is one of the four main branches of Chinese medicine, alongside acupuncture, qi gong and Chinese herbal medicine.
It shares the theoretical principles with above mentioned therapies in which it highlights the idea that imbalances or blockages of qi (body's essential life energy) can commonly lead towards symptoms like pain and illness.
Tui Na bodywork acts to stimulate the flow of qi to ensure a harmonious flow and balance within body energetic channels called meridians.
Tui Na is frequently used to deal with:
neck and back pain,
fatigue and insomnia,
carpal tunnel, tennis elbow or frozen shoulder,
Acupuncture and Tui Na can be used together, since they share the same origins and principles. However, some therapies are better suited to certain issues, pressure points and people's constitution more than the others would.
Commonly after sessions it is encouraged by the practitioner to perform certain exercises, stretching and self-massage at home to further enhance the benefits from the treatment sessions.
Tui Na bodywork is considered to be a safe treatment and is overall well-tolerated, but it is important to emphasise that it is not a gentle or relaxing massage. The bodywork might be quite strong and vigorous depending on the condition, so you might feel some discomfort during or after a session. Slight bruising might appear as well due to massage nature.