If you regularly experience neck or back pain, stress, or fatigue, consider tui na. Tui na is an ancient Chinese practice designed to restore balance to your body. At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, in Miami, Florida, acupuncturists Wanyun Tsay, LAc, Kimberly Hickerson, LAc, and the caring team, regularly use tui na to encourage vitality and ease uncomfortable symptoms. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
Tui na, or tui na massage, is a holistic treatment technique designed to ease pain and inflammation throughout the body. Together with qi gong, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine, tui na serves as the fourth pillar of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
When your body’s vital force (qi) is out of balance, you experience blockages that cause pain and illness. Tui na works to stimulate the flow of this energy, restoring harmony to your body.
Like acupuncture, tui na targets specific acupoints. But instead of using needles, your Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine provider stimulates these points with their hands and fingers.
Tui na can treat a wide variety of conditions, including pain and illness. The team at Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine also uses tui na to promote general health and well-being. Some common ailments that benefit from tui na, include:
Some people also use tui na to manage high levels of stress and anxiety.
Tui na is different from other types of massage in that it uses eight basic techniques: palpating, rejoining, opposing, lifting, pressing, kneading, pushing, and holding.
During a tui na session, your Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine provider massages various muscles and tendons throughout your body, alternating between oscillating (back and forth movements) and pressure techniques.
Your provider adapts your massage to your individual symptoms and needs. Sometimes, tui na involves gentle, energetic treatment; other times, it utilizes stronger, more forceful deep tissue techniques. To enhance the experience, your provider might also use compresses, lotions, or herbal salves.
Tui na is safe and well-tolerated, but this treatment isn’t necessarily relaxing or gentle. As a result, you may experience slight discomfort during or after your session, as well as mild bruising.
If you have an open wound, a history of fractures, or you suffer from vein inflammation, let your Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine provider know prior to treatment. This is because tui na may irritate these problems further.
To learn more about treatment with tui na massage, schedule an appointment at Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Call the office or book online today.