Tuina massage is a Chinese style of massage that is used alongside acupuncture to treat a wide variety of health complaints. Tuina works along muscles and at specific acupuncture points to relieve pain and stiffness. At Inner Gate Acupuncture, our acupuncturists have all been trained to use tuina massage techniques to speed healing and quickly reduce pain. As tuina practitioners we diagnose using specific orthopedic exams and then work to correct any muscular or skeletal imbalances we discover.
Three types of pain that tuina massage benefits:
Muscle pain: back pain, shoulder pain, headaches
Joint pain: knee pain, neck pain, elbow pain
Acute traumas: sports injuries, car accidents, work related injuries
Tuina massage is designed to restore normal range of motion and increase blood circulation to painful joints and muscles. The types of conditions that tuina massage treats are generally muscular and structural in nature. Tuina massage uses deep tissue massage and active release techniques as well as joint mobilization and stretching. Massage promotes blood flow and allows irritated muscles to relax. This increases circulation to assist the body in detoxifying lactic acid and carbon dioxide from muscles. This metabolic waste can build up in damaged or overused muscles causing pain and slowing healing.
Ailments treated by tuina massage:
Headaches, neck pain, whiplash injury, shoulder pain
Low back pain, hip pain, sciatica, SI joint pain
Elbow pain, carpel tunnel syndrome
Knee pain and ankle sprain
All of our acupuncturists have spent years studying and practicing tuina massage in Portland and often incorporate it into their treatments for the best results.