Tui na means “pushing grasping,” and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases.
Sometimes TUI NA is translated as Acupressure, Tuina (Tui Na) is also a traditional therapeutic technique which has been developed for many centuries in China. It is particularly useful in treating pain-related conditions such as lumbago, frozen shoulder, sciatica, etc. In many cases, it can be as effective as or even better than acupuncture.
Different from other skin-rubbing types of massage, Tuina uses “penetrating” manipulations to activate Qi/blood circulation of deep tissues and reduce inflammation, therefore release pain. The manipulations are not harsh at all but rather gentle, enjoyable and safe.
Any one who wants to avoid the side effects of drugs or a chemical based treatment can adopt this effective massage technique to alleviate their pain. Tui na massage therapy is now becoming a more common therapy method due to its focus on specific problems rather than providing a general treatment.