Tuina massage is effective at relieving a wide range of common health problems. It is a branch of Chinese medicine, which treats the underlying causes of pain and illness as well as the symptoms. Tuina massage can be very relaxing; it is particularly useful for stress related conditions. Like other forms of massage it can be used in a preventative manner, to encourage the movement of Qi (energy) and Blood. At our Worcester clinic it can also be used in combination with the other branches of traditional Chinese medicine such as Acupuncture and Exercise therapy.
Chinese ‘Tuina’ Massage is successfully used for a very wide range of conditions. Among the more commonly treated disorders are:
- Muscular/skeletal Conditions:
Lower back pain, disc problems, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, soft tissue injuries, sports injuries, sprains, RSI, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscular and joint pain (including knee, ankle, foot), stiffness/restricted mobility and arthritis.
- Gynecological/Menstrual Problems:
Painful periods, Pre-menstrual Syndrome, Irregular periods, Menopausal Syndrome, Fibroids, ovarian cysts, fertility issues.
- Digestive Problems:
Constipation, IBS, bloating, abdominal, epigastric and flank pain, nausea.
Asthma, cough, sinusitis, common cold, hay fever.
- Neurological Disorders:
Headaches/migraine, dizziness, numbness, hemiplegia, MS.
- Post stroke Symptoms:
Weakness, numbness, tingling and paralysis of the limbs.
- General Low Immunity:
ME, post viral syndrome and general fatigue.
- Mental/Emotional Disorders:
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, poor concentration.
- Cardiovascular Disorders:
Hypertension (high blood pressure), palpitations, Raynaud’s syndrome and chest pain.
- Children’s Diseases:
Poor digestion, colic, poor appetite, constipation, diarrhea, frequent coughs and colds. Asthma, Infantile Eczema, Enuresis (bed-wetting), poor sleep, teething related problems, fever, infantile convulsions.
Chinese ‘Tuina’ massage can be applied either lying down or sitting in a chair. You do not usually need to remove any clothing unless the practitioner needs to apply herbal liniment to your skin, or use moxa, Gua Sha or cupping techniques. A sheet is also used to cover the patient.
We will also take a full medical history, including examining your tongue and taking your pulse. The massage usually feels deeply warming, rhythmic and relaxing. It involves a wide range of specific techniques for which the practitioner may use their hands, elbows, knees and/or feet. In addition to the massage, at our clinic in Worcester we may also use other Chinese therapeutic techniques such as:
- Moxibustion: Treats and prevents diseases by the application of heat to points or certain locations on the body. The material used is mainly ‘moxa-wool’, which is a dried herb related to Mugwort and usually in the form of a cone or stick. It is mainly is used to warm, expel cold and damp and to keep good health.
- Gua Sha: A popular treatment in China whereby the patient’s neck, chest or back is rubbed vigorously to cause local stagnation which increases blood flow clears energy blockages and clears excess heat.
- Cupping Therapy: A jar is placed on the surface of the skin to cause local congestion, through the removal of the air in the jar. This method promotes the free flow of Qi and Blood in the channels, diminishes swellings and pains and dispels cold and dampness.
- Herbal liniments:These are applied directly to the skin in combination with Tuina massage to reduce swelling and inflammation. As well as restoring circulation to the affected area by dispersing any blockages of Qi or Blood.
Testimonials: Torn Cruciate Ligament
“After sustaining a torn cruciate ligament I was unable to walk unaided for four months. I was told I needed ligament reconstruction if I was ever to partake in any regular athletic endeavors again. Whilst waiting for my leg to unlock and my operation, I sought out a secondary opinion from the Kui De Tang Clinic. Their opinion was that I could avoid surgery with Chinese massage along with traditional kung-fu/qigong training to strengthen my leg. Within an hour of my first treatment I could stand and walk without crutches (something four months of physiotherapy had eluded). Over a year later I have 95% of my athletic ability back and am able to train five days per week. All without surgery, Amazing!”
Post Natal Depression/Under-active Thyroid
“I have recently had a course of treatments with J. Rodriguez at the Kui De Tang Centre, which was very effective. He was very professional, efficient and dealt with me sensitively. I had pain free acupuncture and massage. Although the neck massage was uncomfortable at first it became more enjoyable as the sessions progressed and my symptoms improved. The back massage was amazing, if you want a deep tissue massage that was the best. I had post natal depression, was on anti-depressants, winged scapula (shoulder blade) – which became more comfortable, had thyroid and hormone irregularities which made weight loss an impossibility.
After the treatments I came off the tablets and felt much brighter in myself. I felt I had regained some energy and self-worth. I gained some motivation to start an exercise programme and I lost some weight. After having a second blood test I also found that my hormone levels have returned to normal. After exercising I now drink goji berries in boiled water as they are rich in anti – oxidants and vitamins.
I recommend James to anybody for any ailment, as all his remedies are natural products and don’t just give short term pain relief but permanent solutions which can be really life changing.”
Isabel of Shap drive, Worcester.
Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder
“I would like to say a very big thank you for all that you have done to help me. After struggling to cope with the effects PTSD has had on my life the Tui Na and Acupuncture treatment that I received has had a positive effect on me, greatly reducing my insomnia, stopping my headaches, restoring my appetite, relaxing my nerves, boosting my energy and giving me a fresh perspective on life. My lower back pain has gone allowing me freedom of movement, something that chiropractors and medication could not do. The prescribed medication I am on has now been reduced by half because of the effectiveness of the treatment.
Again many thanks for your understanding of my condition and your professional approach to helping me.”
Intense Anxiety & Depression
“I went to the Kui De Tang Centre because I was suffering from intense anxiety and depression and had already tried all sorts of other approaches, including anti-depressant medication. Within a month of having weekly massage/acupuncture treatments I felt significantly better; calmer, more energetic and much more my usual self. I intend to have regular ‘top up’ appointments with the Centre and would recommend it to others with similar symptoms. I do not fully understand how it works, but for me it has certainly contributed to my improved well-being.