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Modality Spotlight: Tui Na

Tui Na is known as Chinese therapeutic massage. It is often used in conjunction with other modalities, but can be a stand alone treatment. It consists of brushing, kneading, pulling, grasping, rolling, pressing, and many more techniques that range from gentle to firm. Tui Na may also include range of motion movements, traction exercises, as well as the stimulation of certain relevant acupuncture points. It can particularly beneficial for those patients who are hesitant about needles, or the elderly/infants. Tui Na is much more than a massage and can be used to treat both superifical/chronic pain conditions (such as sports injuries, RSIs, or even general fatigue and soreness), but also insomnia, headache, common cold, diarrhea, acid reflux, arthritis, hypertension, angina pectoris, and constipation to name a few. It is also highly effective as a preventative treatment and can be taught as part of a self-care routine.

· Xu, Xiangcai. (2002). Chinese Tui Na massage: The essential guide to treating injuries, improving health, and balancing qi. YMMA Publication Center.

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