TUINA, as a special type of so-called “manual therapy,“ constitutes one of the main pillars of TCM.
TUINA denotes pushing and rubbing techniques, including acupressure as well as variations of pressure treatments of the meridian points (by finger, fist, elbow, etc.).
Through a manual stimulation of special points (subdivided into local, remote, and diagonal ones) and the meridians, joints and muscles are mobilized and stretched.
These massage treatments have been carried over the centuries and differentiated into an autonomous medicinal treatment.
TUINA combines isometric exercises and impulse-generating, manipulative treatments into an autonomous type of therapy.
It derives its elements from chiropractics, various massage techniques, ayurveda massages, Brügger therapy, cyriax therapy, FBL and Maitland therapy, myofascial trigger point therapy, Dorn therapy, as well as shiatzu, reiki, reflex zone therapy, etc.
The different (partly in-depth) therapies regulate Qi (energy) on the spot as well as along the meridians in the entire body, and stimulates circulation. Through this stimulation, the body’s yin & yang and the function circles of the five elements (Chinese system of organs) are regenerated.
TUINA as a therapy type is suitable for treatments of health disorders of inner organs, as well as of neurological structures and distinctly vegetative symptom constellations.
The therapy strategy represents a holistic approach and takes multicausal points of view into consideration. The entire system of a human body as well as its environment and natural influences are contemplated.
Proper indications and areas of application
The following list presents an overview over the diagnostical spectrum within which TUINA serves as a treatment.
TUINA works in the case of:
- diseases of the muscoskeletal apparatus (spinal disorders related to intervertebral disks with or without damage of the neural roots, shoulder syndromes, shoulder periarthritis, abrasions of the hip, knee, or ankle joints, discomfort with overloaded feet, heel spur, etc.)
- post-treatment of sports injuries and preparation for competitions
- internal diseases (hypertony, asthma bronchiale, gastritis, obstipation, etc.)
- gynecology and obstetrics (period disorders, supportive measures at childbirth)
- neurological and vegetative disorders: headache, sleep disorders, etc.
- fever, bronchitis, diarrhea, hyperactivity etc. of children and infants
The success of the treatment depends on the expertise and experience of the doctor practicing it.
Not only a detailed knowledge of the human body apparatus serves as a precondition for a successful therapy, but also experience in the practical part (for example, the treatment’s intensity and the speed of the manual procedures).
As a mandatory part of the therapy, questions before and after each treatment session provide valuable information about the validity of the treatment of choice or, if required, the need to make revisions.
Self-treatments and the treatment of family and friends are also accessible for trained persons without the respective medicinal credentials. Even without permeating all of the traditional teachings, an adequate and sustainable application of the traditional techniques is possible, and when we look at how much medication intake chronic patients can avoid, TUINA currently enjoys ever greater importance.
Individual wellness TUINA
Individual wellness TUINA is a treatment for health maintenance, for prevention, to reduce negative stress, and to regulate the whole bodily function system in order to balance body and soul.
It encompasses manual TUINA techniques and supplemental herbal substances, stones, and knocking techniques serving to regulate Qi and blood energy in the body-wide meridians.