Have you heard about Tuina? It is an ancient form of bodywork that is still practiced today in China, and now it is spreading in popularity in the United States & Europe. I was introduced to it when I began studying at AOMA, Graduate School of Integrative Medicine about 3 years ago. When I combine it with cupping, guasha and medical Qi gong, amazing things happen for my patients.
It has helped me in my own recovery, too. I was experiencing a lot of pain in my hip, lower back and neck since I sustained a Yoga injury a few years ago. I’ve received treatments of all sorts, but mostly Tuina & Acupuncture. Combined and with self applied techniques I’ve learned, my body is nearing harmony.
Chinese massage therapy (referred to as tuina) is commonly defined as the ancient healing art of fingers and strength . Tuina has been practiced in China for over 5000 years . It is a well-respected treatment modality known to be helpful and safe for a wide range of conditions. For these reasons, it is rapidly gaining international favor . Tuina involves a wide range of technical manipulations conducted by a practitioner’s finger, hand, elbow, knee, or foot applied to muscle or soft tissue at specific body locations. It incorporates many of the principles of acupuncture including the use of acupoints. For instance, tuina often uses manual techniques such as pushing, rubbing, kneading, or high-intensity, high-frequency patting to clear energy blocks along specific meridians associated with particular conditions —http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4228121/
Check out that research article above to learn more about how research is being conducted on Tuina’s effect on lower back pain. It looks like very promising data will manifest. I’ve seen wonderful transformations of patient’s posture and health. I personally think all you need is a single treatment to become a believer in its power. Would you like to try it out?