The age-old science of Chinese Tui-Na medicine revolves around the use of the physician’s hands to diagnose through palpation and treat diseases and illnesses with a variety of manual techniques.
Tui Na is the physical medicine branch of Asian Alternative Medicine. Used for injuries and rehabilitation for thousands of years, it is more effective than other forms of physical medicine when combined with acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition. Tui Na physical therapy and Asian Alternative Medicine may offer a superior level of treatment for sports injuries, injuries from auto accidents, work accidents, arthritis, and limited range of motion due to aging. Each region of the body has a specific treatment protocol which is focused on relaxing muscles, stimulating nerves and tissue, relieving adhesions, and further relaxing muscles. This helps restore normal functions and prevents muscles from remaining stressed and perpetuating the problem.
The Tui-Na physician will tailor-make a treatment protocol for each individual patient based on the specifics of the patient’s particular situation to effectuate a cure. These treatments are done without the use of devices or drugs, relying solely on the physician’s hands directly treating the patient’s body. A well-trained Tui-Na physician will also be quick to utilize modern medical resources when available, gladly taking a patient’s MRI, X-ray, biopsy, or other test results into consideration. While the average person may only conceive of such treatment methods as useful for external or orthopedic disorders, the reality is quite different.
Tui-Na is also unlike either massage or chiropractic in technique and theory. On a theoretical level, Tui-Na uses traditional Chinese medical theory as a basis for treatment. Concepts of chi (ch’i, qi, or ki) energy, blood, yin & yang, and essence play pivotal roles. On a technical level, Tui-Na is far more broad and encompassing than either massage or chiropractic medicine. Massage, by and large, does not treat diseases, but rather relaxes muscle tension and increases local circulation to relieve discomfort. However, most massage systems lack the kind of comprehensive scope that Tui-Na is known for. Most massage is also unable to effectively treat disturbances in bone alignment. Chiropractic, on the other hand, while it may reliably reduce misalignments in bony structures, generally does not spend adequate time treating the muscles surrounding the bony structures before and after re-alignment. As a result, many patients of chiropractic complain of a rebound effect following treatments. Tui-Na, however, treats the muscular tension surrounding bony structures in such a way as to minimize the rebound effect immediately following treatments.