If you experience high levels of stress, or you live with pain on a daily basis, Tui Na massage can be very beneficial.
The process uses active and passive stretching techniques to correct any physical abnormalities, such as misalignments in the spine, knots in the shoulders and back, or sprains and strains.
The term Tui Na translates to mean, push pull. It is very similar in practice to chiropractic therapy or physical therapy.
The process can help to relieve pain, inflammation, or swelling in the joints, shoulders, back, hips and thighs, or legs. It can help to alleviate chronic pain or acute pain.
Choosing a Tui Na Practitioner
You will want to insure that any practitioner you choose is either fully trained or licensed. In some states or cities a license may be required. However, in some areas the practitioner may only be required to have official training.
You will want to ask about the practitioner’s previous training and the length of time they have been in business. After all, he or she will be adjusting critical areas of your spine and back.
If the process is completed incorrectly you could end up in more pain. You might even ask for references or recommendations from previous clients.
The Process of Tui Na Treatments
When you have a Tui Na treatment completed there are no special requirements for you to complete. The process does not require the use of medical devices or oils. In addition you will stay fully dressed during all sessions.
You may want to wear loose fitting clothing or stretchy clothing so that you will be comfortable during the session.
You will want to try to be as relaxed as possible before attending a session. Make sure you have eaten and that you have gone to the bathroom before the session.
You do not want to undergo the Tui Na massage process of being pushed or pulled on, when you are suffering from hunger, or the urge to use the restroom.
During the treatment you lie on a table, a padded mat, or you may sit in a chair. It will depend on what area is being treated. Most treatments will last from one to one and a half hours.
Is There Any Time That Tui Na Is Not Appropriate?
While Tui Na massage is generally safe for every age group and injury, there are some people who should not undergo this type of treatment. If you have been diagnosed with any form of degenerative back disorder Tui Na massage may not be safe.
You will want to talk with your doctor if you have a medical condition or injury in your shoulders or back injuries. If you have bone spurs, or ruptured disks, this type of massage may not be appropriate.
How Often Should You Have Tui Na Massage Completed?
The number of treatments you undergo will depend on your condition. If you have experienced a sprain or injury you may be able to have a treatment every other day for just a few weeks. However, if you suffer from chronic pain, weekly treatments may be necessary for a longer period of time.