Traditional Chinese physical therapy
Tui Na medical massage is a specialized system of bodywork which uses strong, focused and effective techniques. It is growing in popularity in the UK and is widely used in China in modern hospitals and clinics for the treatment of many pain conditions that might be treated by a physiotherapist or osteopath/chiropractor in the UK.
The emphasis of Tui Na is to identify and change soft tissue that has become pathological or problematic as well as correct dysfunctional movement patterns.
Tui Na specialists are highly skilled in using their hands to treat a great number of conditions ranging from back pain to arthritis and RSI (see the painful conditions and injuries page). Tui Na techniques are unique manipulations: particular hand techniques are used to release strategic points in the body, allowing the musculoskeletal system to reset.
A substantial part of Tuina training is learning to combine strength with sensitivity. As a result, the techniques used are often surprisingly deep without being “grating”, allowing the body to relax and accept a treatment that will lead to lasting change
A treatment may include additional modalities like acupuncture, gua sha, moxa and cupping as well as joint mobilisation / manipulation techniques and neuromuscular soft tissue techniques.