Tuina is the branch of traditional Chinese medicine that employs therapeutic pressure to acupuncture points, muscles, fasciae, and joints. Tuina improves circulation of qi/energy and blood, increases range of motion, and promotes vitality. Tuina uses the same principles as acupuncture, but it does not require the use of needles, hence, an ideal therapy for children and those individuals who feel apprehensive about acupuncture.
Tuina is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, or Chinese herbs. Tuina practitioners employ a variety of techniques of brush, knead, roll, press, and rub. Practitioners may sometimes use herbal compresses, ointments, oils, and heat to enhance these techniques. Depending on the force of pressure applied, the patient may feel little to no pain or intense soreness. The direct pressure on the acupuncture points facilitates the healing process by improving circulation. It removes the blockages and keeps the energy moving through the channels, fasciae, and the muscles.
Dr. Park may use tuina for the musculoskeletal pain of:
It is also an effective therapy for:
- Digestive disorders
- Premenstrual symptoms
- and other conditions
Today in China and other Asian countries, there is a steady increase in the number of parents of infants and children seeking pediatric tuina. Pediatric tuina’s gentle pressure can treat colic, improve digestion, and strengthen a child’s immune system. In older children, it can help with enuresis and even teeth grinding. Tuina focuses on a specific problem, but because traditional Chinese medicine modalities also address the root of the problem, patients often feel an improved overall health.
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