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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tui - Na, Traditional Chinese Therepeutic Massage - PART 2

Continued from Tui Na Part 1...

Tui Na understands the body, pain and pathology through theories of anatomy, physiology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Treatment is directed on many levels including the muscles, ligaments, joints and bones and utilizes the acupuncture points and meridians. Today, knowledge from western biomedicine, such as orthopedics, sports medicine, and physical medicine, have integrated into the Tui Na practice. Frozen shoulder, for example, is best treated with an integrative approach utilizing the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The shoulder may be “frozen” because of mechanical problems in the joint capsule, inflammation, tendonitis, scars, adhesions, and other possibilities. Treatment with Tui Na strives to mobilize the joint, restore range of motion and break up adhesions in the joint capsule. Acupuncture can be used during Tui Na therapy to reduce pain and help the body heal faster. Of course medication and traditional physical therapy can also be added to the rehabilitation program.

The ability to see a single problem in multiple ways is just one of Tui Na’s strengths. Tui Na is a very diverse form of manual medicine and incorporates kneading, rolling, acupressure and deep massage, rocking, shaking and the stretching of joints as techniques which all work together to eliminate pain and restore function. Chinese medicine believes that the body has the innate power to heal itself and then tries to facilitate this process by bring the body into balance. With such a focus, Tui Na’s effects are felt sooner and last longer than other types of manual medicine. After receiving Tui Na therapy you can expect to see a decrease in pain, an increase in range of motion, and better function of the affected area.

For more information or if you would like to book and appointment you can contact
Chris O’Donnell, L.Ac at

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