Tuina is a type of therapeutic massage developed in China more than 2,000 years ago. Tuina is effective for musculoskeletal problems such as sports injuries, neck pain, shoulder tension, lower back pain, numbness and tingling in the limbs.
Tuina’s techniques range from light stroking to deep-tissue work. This includes the use of hand techniques to massage soft tissues (muscles and tendons), as well as stretching, acupressure, and other techniques to realign musculoskeletal relationships, relax muscle spasm, mobilize joints, and reduce inflammation. Herbal ointments or liniments can also be used topically to enhance the above therapeutic methods.
Treatment sessions last from 30 minutes to over an hour. Patients should wear loose and comfortable clothes during the session. Patients often return for additional treatments for chronic conditions. In addition to the release of pain, the patient usually feels relaxed, or surprisingly energized, by the treatment.