The term Tui Na (pronounced “twee na”) is comprised of two different parts: Tui – to push and Na –to grasp. In ancient times Tui Na was called “An Mo “ or simply massage. The term Tui Na was introduced during the Ming Dynasty.
Tui Na is a therapeutic approach guided by the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Tui Na practitioner performs manipulations on certain points or areas of the patient’s body with their hands, elbow or arm according to the requirements of the treatment. The pressure used activates the channels and collaterals, balances Yin and Yang, regulates the circulation of Qi and Blood and harmonizes the functions of the internal organs.
As with all of the modalities in Chinese medicine a full diagnosis is carried out prior to the treatment. Tuina therapy may be used in the treatment of internal or external conditions, traumatic injury, and muscuoskeletal conditions. It is used for treating pediatric diseases and also in the treatment of the elderly.
In addition, Tui Na may be used to strengthen the body’s resistance to disease and prevent the invasion of pathogens in a healthy person especially in the middle aged, elderly and weak.