Tui Na


Zylla Acupuncture incorporates Tui Na within Acupuncture sessions to enhance the relief from pain due to musculoskeletal and the nervous system. It helps reset the dysfunctional brain-muscle contraction pattern that is often found in individuals suffering from chronic pain.

Tui Na is a form of Chinese medical massage that originated in China around 2300 BC. It is recognized in China as a medical treatment and on the same level as acupuncturists and herbalists. All three attend Traditional Chinese medical colleges and are thought of as Doctors. Here in the United States, it is often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments.

Tui Na is a hands-on body treatment that involves Traditional Chinese medicine theory and Chinese taoist and martial arts principles. It promotes the realignment of the musculoskeletal body and restores the flow of qi through massaging and manipulating the muscles and tendons, and stimulating acupressure points that affect the flow of qi and blood through the channels. By restoring the flow of qi, the body is allowed to naturally heal and restore itself to balance.

Tui Na is used to treat specific problems associated with the musculoskeletal and the nervous system. Deep in nature and not used very often as a simple relaxing massage. 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 (wei) chi and get the qi and blood circulating in the meridians and the muscles. This promotes healing and pain relief. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, and massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points. The use of external herbal poultices, compresses, liniments and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.

During treatment, the client usually wears loose clothing and lies on a table. The practitioner examines the specific problems of the client and begins to apply a specific treatment protocol. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians and muscles and joints. The client usually feels relaxed but energized by the treatment.