Tuina

Tuina (pronounced “twee-nah”) is a form of clinical Asian bodywork that originated over 2000 years ago and is deeply rooted in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tuina affects muscles and fascia while influencing the energetics of Qi in the meridians. Pain usually indicates a blockage in meridians which obstructs the flow of Qi throughout the body.

Tuina prevents and treats disease. It is a system of therapeutic manual techniques that promote an increase of vital energy or life force (Qi) and blood (Xue) circulation, thereby removing obstructions in meridian pathways. This facilitates healing of soft tissue injuries, improves joint mobility and nerve regulation, and adjusts the functions of the internal organs and cellular tissue metabolism.

Techniques range greatly from gentle, relaxing movements (rolling, vibration, rocking, thumb meditations, holding, pushing, grasping and passive range of motion) to deep and invigorating techniques (plucking, scrubbing, skin rolling and tapotement). In addition to working locally to loosen problematic areas, tuina is often applied to entirely different areas of the body that help move blocked Qi, such as corresponding sections of the arms and legs.

Acupuncture and tuina are often combined and complements may be used, including guasha (scraping), cupping, moxibustion, therapeutic exercises, herbal formulas and topicals. Guasha and cupping will sometimes leave a temporary mark or discoloration, but do wonders to alleviate discomfort and help the body release toxic accumulations. Moxibustion uses a specific herb called ai ye/ mugwort leaf to warm and move Qi in muscles, joints and meridians.

Tuina is normally applied over comfortable, cotton clothing. This allows for a mobility and ease of passive movement and stretches.

Tuina is beneficial in the treatment of:

Sports and Musculoskeletal Conditions

  • Sore muscles
  • Joint mobility
  • Tension headache
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD)
  • Cervical/ Shoulder tension
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis/ Golfer’s Elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Lumbar pain or tension
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • SI joint disorders
  • Knee pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Ankle strains or sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • And many more

 Internal Conditions

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • PMS symptoms
  • Minor digestive symptoms
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About George Tabares L.Ac., Doctoral Fellow

George is an Acupuncturist & Doctoral Fellow who improves patient health using Herbal Formulas, Nutrition, Asian Bodywork &, Corrective Exercise in Austin & San Antonio, TX. Contact him at 619.723.6705 or George@TabaresActiveHealth.com
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