Tuina - Chinese Massage

Tuina and Chinese Massage case study

Traditional Chinese Massage or “Tuina” massage is an ancient healing art of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been practiced in China for over 4000 years. The name Tuina comes from “Tui” meaning “push” and “Na” meaning “Grasp” which are massage techniques to balance the meridian energy.

Chinese Massage not only works on the muscles and joints, but also at a deeper level, affecting the flow of vital Qi life energy in the body. During treatment, we often ask questions about your lifestyle and make observations regarding your health in general.

After a Chinese Massage treatment, the patient will most often feel energised, happy and enlivened, however it can also release blocked emotional energy. This may result in the patient feeling emotional afterwards. Light rest is often all the body needs if you feel emotional after the treatment session. The benefits of Chinese Massage come once the underlying blockage is removed.

 

Chinese Massage case — chronic shoulder pain

Male, in his 40’s. Shoulder pain for many years.

Signs/Symptoms:

The pain came sporadically and acutely. It was so severe he could not grip the steering wheel of his car or sit for long periods of time without shooting pain in the muscles around the joint. The pain did not respond to over the counter painkillers.
History: Countless dislocations and relocations to his shoulder joint through sports injuries in the past.

Analyses:

Chronic inflammatory condition brought on by current occasional straining of his affected shoulder. The overlapping injuries resulted in repeated episodes of thickening and scar tissue formation. It is this scar tissue that, when put under strain by a new injury, triggers the body’s natural inflammatory reaction resulting in pain.

Treatment used:

A combination of acupuncture using key acupoints around his shoulder joint and along the length of his arm and forearm and vigorous Chinese massage therapy around the tendon insertion sites of his affected shoulder joint.

Results:

After 5 weekly 45 minute sessions, he was gripping his steering wheel with more strength and had virtually no pain when driving. The erratically occurring shooting pain in the muscles around his shoulder joint disappeared after his third treatment. He only experiences slight twinges of soreness upon waking up in the morning, but this improves and disappears as the day goes on.