Acupuncture and Tui Na
Healing Hands Release the Triggers Causing Pain and Illness
By Paul J.O'Brien
B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Adv. Dip. OBB, Cert Clin. Med. M.AFPA, M.ETCMA, M.C.Th.A.
Acupuncture and Tui Na Therapy may be the answer for your sore aching muscles, tight knotted tissue, or just in satisfy the need for some deep relaxation. Tui Na will help you tune into your body, relax and rebalance, unwind tight muscles and leave you rejuvenated and refreshed.
Tui Na (pronounced Twee-na), is a form a therapeutic massage, including acupressure, mobilization, Qi Gung and more and derives its name from the first two of its principal techniques. The first is “Tui”, literally the pushing maneuver, and refers to a horizontal pushing technique. The second is “Na”, literally the grasping maneuver, and refers to an alternating grasping and squeezing technique of muscles between the thumb and index fingers, which is then held or lightly twisted for a time to release tension in the muscle. “Tuina”, therefore literally means, “The pushing and grasping maneuvers”.
To explain Acupuncture and Tui Na Therapy further let’s look at two of the standard techniques and one of the joint releases in more detail and I’ll elaborate on how these may be used in a clinical setting.
In Acupuncture and Tui Na Therapy, Tui, the Pushing maneuver is very simply a horizontal pushing of technique. You simply rock and release, rock and release. It’s extremely gentle and you use the palm of the hands to lightly push the chest, abdominals, back and limbs to create movement in the body. This gentle motion helps to relax the muscles of the patient, adjusts the temperature of the skin, and allows you to introduce yourself to the patient. I often use this technique to help relax a patient and literally get a feel for how their body reacts to palpitation and massage and it often reveals subtle tensions in the muscles.
Chun, the pressing maneuver involves pressing and stimulating tender points on the body (ashi points in TCM) using the fingers, palms, fist and even elbows. This circulates chi and blood flow in the body and regulates the nervous system. I would often use this technique after muscle testing a particular area. For instance, if testing the Qudratus Lumborum and we see both sides (bilateral) weakness this often indicates a weakness of the ICV, and Spleen.
If I use Chun, and press into Spleen 9, a point associated with the QL and it is tender this would strengthen the diagnosis of an ICV dysfunction. If when with continued pressing it becomes easier and less tender and on retesting the muscle is stronger it may indicate an organ dysfunction. It is also an excellent technique for quickly and gently re establishing the health of the spine in cases of Subluxation.
Yaw, another technique in Acupuncture and Tui Na Therapy, is the rotating movement performed as a joint release when there is evidence of motor impairment; and involves rotating the unit in a circular motion. For instance the arm is often mobilized and rotated gently like this in lymphatic drainage of the left thoracic duct to facilitate the movement of stagnant lymph.
Acupuncture and Tui Na Therapy is a deeply relaxing and wonderful therapeutic massage that stimulates and strengthens the immune system, releases tension and stress in the body, clears the lymphatic system and rebalances the spine and bones of the body, relieving pain and leaving you feeling refreshed and invigorated. It is a key component in my clinic in treating any of these conditions, and often provides dramatic and instant relief for many.
If you are suffering from pain and discomfort, a weakened immune system, tension and stress in the body, a blocked lymphatic system or problems with the spine and bones of the body, I strongly encourage you to consider Acupuncture and Tui Na Therapy to relieve any pain and discomfort and to release any blockages in your body.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Acupuncture and Tui Na Therapy or wish to start a course of treatment then please feel free to contact me or make an appointment where we can discuss any specific concerns or questions you may have.
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