What is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular treatment and often it can be combined with a Tui Na treatment for even more benefits. Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives.
The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response. Traditional acupuncture has a long history of adapting to new cultures in which it is practised. Its growing popularity and acceptance in the West may well promote yet more new and exciting variations on the ancient themes. A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.
What is Tui Na?
Tui Na is a widely used treatment in China to improve a persons physical performance as it helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical exercise. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overuse, Tui Na can break them down quickly and effectively. By applying direct pressure and stretching the myofascia, fibrotic tissues are broken down and the production of elastic fibre is stimulated. Blood flow through the myofascial capillaries is enhanced and blockages are released that prevent a person from maintaining a pain free body. A flexible body is one of the keys to fitness and performance.
Most sports injuries involve damage to muscle fibres, myofascia or tendons and commonly by the overuse of of muscles that are not functionally balanced with other muscles. With regular maintenance, when injury does occur, it can be controlled. Stretches and manipulation have an unrivalled ability to speed up healing and restore normal pain free function. Research has shown that individuals felt less fatigued, muscles were less sore and they felt like they recovered faster after incorporating massage into their regime.
Other benefits of Tui Na include:
- Improved range of movement and flexibility
- Increased elimination of waste products
- Decreased muscle spasms and muscular tension
- Decreased chance of injury
- Aids the body to detoxify by stimulating the lymphatic system
- Aids lactic acid dispersal
Tui Na involves different forms of touch, pressure, stretching and twisting which has been perfected over the ages, and it is not necessary to undress for the treatment. Whether you are an athlete or not everyone can benefit from Tui Na, not only will it keep your muscles relaxed and in optimum condition, but it can help reduce symptoms of many constitutional problems, promote relaxation and remove blockages in the body to achieve equilibrium.