Tui Na means "poke-pinch" or "push-grasp" in Chinese. Tui Na involves a number of different massages strokes, as well as deep massage at specific points on the body. For example:
- Tui = gliding
- Nie = kneading
- Da = percussion
It is not necessary to undress for Tui Na, as no oils or devices are used. Patients generally lie in loose clothing on a massage table to receive treatment. For acute conditions, one to three treatments may be given, or up to six or eight for more long-term disorders.
Tui Na is beneficial for:
- Musculoskeletal problems, including arthritis, sciatica, sports injuries, frozen shoulder, TMJ, tennis elbow, whiplash and back pain
- Weakness and body wasting
- Spinal disc problems and nerve paralysis
- Stress-related problems such as insomnia, tension headaches and constipation
It can also treat the following internal problems:
- Reproductive problems - for example infertility, sexual dysfunction and menstrual pain
- Respiratory problems - such as asthma and bronchitis
- Digestive problems - including ulcers and gall bladder infections
- Cardiovascular problems - for example angina, high blood pressure and poor circulation
Tuina (tui na) is well suited for the treatment of specific musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems. Effective treatment protocols have been tested in a practical setting. Tuina (tui na) is not especially useful for those seeking a mild, sedating and relaxing massage since it tends to be more task focused than other types of bodywork. Contraindications include conditions involving fractures, phlebitis, infectious conditions, open wounds, and lesions. Tui Na is a very gentle therapy, with no side effects and is suitable for all patients, including the elderly and very young.
Tui Na is not used for:
- Open wounds and sores
- Infectious conditions
Tui Na is not suitable for those simply seeking a relaxing massage, as the massage is deep and will work on points found to be tense to balance the energy.