TuiNa (pronounced 'twee-nah') is a form of Chinese therapeutic medical massage.
'Tui' meaning to push and 'Na' to grasp. It is a system of medicine that aims to restore & maintain health by stimulating points and channels on the body (similar to the theory of acupuncture). Working on a musco-skeletal level as well as internal level by working on meridians and points.
It was discovered that Qi (pronounced chi or chee), or life energy, circulates in the body along the meridians or zones. If the balance between the organs is interrupted, the flow of Chi throughout the body will be affected, resulting in illness.
TuiNa treats and mobilises joints, softens tendons to increase and improve range of movement, stimulates nerves to increase muscle tissues, it also improves the delivery of nutrients and hormones by increasing the bodies circulation. In the West TuiNa is associated with pain relief, therefore TuiNa practitioners can treat conditions that would otherwise commonly be treated by Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists as well as Massage Therapists. However, TuiNa differs from these other types of body work as TuiNa does not only treat the symptoms of disease/pain but aims to balance the body to help deal with the cause by facilitating better overall function of the body as a whole.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has compiled a list of diseases that deems appropriate and successful with the treatment of acupuncture, TuiNa follows the same principles as it is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. TuiNa complements Acupuncture and vice versa, however TuiNa works just as effectively as a stand alone treatment. TuiNa can therefore help with the following ailments:
Neurological and muskoskeletal disorders
Migraines, headache, facial neuralgia, facial palsy, muscle weakness following stroke or surgery, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, sciatica, lower back pain, scoliosis, osteoarthritis, sports injuries and general musckoskeletal pain.
IBS, Diarrhoea, constipation, gastritis, spasms etc.
Toothache, post-extraction pain, gum problems.
Bronchitis, bronchial asthma, common cold, sinusitis, tonsillitis.