Austin Sports Medicine Acupuncture: What is Tui na?

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!

Sports medicine acupuncturists use a variety of techniques in conjunction with acupuncture to treat and strengthen patients. One such method is Tui na (or tuina), which is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy.  Here are a few details about what to expect from the procedure:

  • Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses  Chinese Taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring the eight principles (Yin or Yang, superficial or internal, cold or hot, deficient  or replete) of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance.
  • The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.
  • The practitioner uses range of motion, traction, and massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points.
  • These techniques aid in the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Tui na is an integral part of TCM and is taught in TCM schools as part of formal training in Oriental medicine.
  • Many East Asian martial arts schools also teach Tui na to their advanced students for the treatment and management of injury and pain due to training.

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