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What is Tuina Massage?

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Tuina Massage (pronounced twee-nah)  is one of the oldest forms of bodywork. It’s similar to acupuncture, however, instead of using needles to stimulate pressure points, Tuina Massage practitioners use their fingers. Tuina literally means “pushing and grasping.” At the Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, Tuina Massage is used in tandem with acupuncture, stretching, and orthopedic movements in order to provide the best possible results. 

Let’s talk a little bit more about what Tuina Massage is and how it can help you.

How does Tuina Massage work?

During a Tuina Massage session, your practitioner will use pressure techniques that vary in speed and force. Depending on your preferences, symptoms, and goals, the massage will either be gentle or deep-tissue. Your practitioner will really get into your muscles and tendons, paying special attention to any tightness or knots you may have. These massages can be rigorous, focusing deeply on specific pressure points, or they can be relaxing. The speed and force of your massage is something you’ll discuss with your practitioner before the session begins. Your practitioner is there to help. They’ll use manipulation techniques to leave you feeling energized and realigned. Lotions and herbal salves are used to relax you and enhance the effects of the treatment.

What can Tuina Massage help with?

Tuina massage techniques are able to increase relaxation and decrease pain and fatigue. This technique can be used to help with health conditions of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, including: 

  • Neck pain 
  • Back pain
  • Other musculoskeletal disorders
  • Stress disorders 
  • Anxiety 
  • Fatigue/lethargy
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches/migraines 
  • Arthritis 
  • Carpal tunnel 
  • Osteoarthritis/osteoporosis 
  • Digestive issues
  • Respiratory issues

What are the benefits of Tuina Massage?

Tuina Massage has many benefits. It helps the ailments listed above by doing the things listed below. We’ll get into those benefits in a minute, but first, keep in mind, acupuncture and Tuina Massage are multi-session therapies, meaning they work best after you’ve experienced several sessions. We like to say that if you haven’t seen results within the first 3-4 sessions, it is time for you and your practitioner to explore different treatment options. Tuina Massage is a holistic massage method and practitioners treat each person as a whole person. That means your practitioner will look at you, your symptoms, and your results and reevaluate if needed. 

Here are some of the benefits of Tuina Massage: 

  1. It helps boost blood circulation 
  2. It helps reduce neck pain and lower back pain
  3. It helps reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis 
  4. It helps ease symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome 
  5. It has a therapeutic effect on depression 
  6. It helps improve function and reduce pain from musculoskeletal disorders
  7. It is beneficial for diabetics with foot issues 
  8. It lessens discomfort caused by chemotherapy

Tuina Massage: The Bottom Line

Tuina massage can be used alone or with acupuncture to help people with health disorders and conditions of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. It can also be used with stretching and other natural treatments, including salves and essential oils to give great results. Results can be further improved with healthy living, healthy eating, exercise and a positive mindset.

How can you find Tuina Massage in Raleigh, North Carolina?

If you’re searching for a provider of Tuina Massage services in  Raleigh, North Carolina, you’ll want to find someone with the experience, qualifications, and compassion that make them the best at their job. Look no further than Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center. Our goal since 2010 has been to provide quality and compassionate acupuncture and other holistic services like Dry Needling, Guasha, Tuina Massage, Stretching, Cupping, and Orthopedic Movements in Raleigh, NC and the surrounding areas. Much like the balance that acupuncture and Tuina Massage provide for your body, we provide our patients with balanced care: the highest quality healthcare, while at the same time focusing on compassionate services that treat you, the patient, with holistic, individualized treatment.

Acupuncturist Jim Eleczko

Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center for all of your Cupping needs

Hi, I’m Jim Eleczko, the founder of Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center and it’s my mission to provide you with compassionate, whole-person care using holistic treatments, including Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and Tunia Massage. I’m a board-certified and licensed Acupuncturist practicing since 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina. I love that I get to wake up every day to make meaningful changes in my patient’s lives. I’ve seen first hand the changes that Acupuncture can make. 

As a teen I suffered from allergies and my father suggested that I try Acupuncture to calm the symptoms. It worked – and left a lasting impression on me! Now I offer Acupuncture and other treatments to help people with a variety of issues, including anxiety, migraines, fibromyalgia, and more. Our other treatments include Dry Needling, Guasha, Cupping, Stretching, Orthopedic Movements, Electroacupuncture and Therapeutic Exercises. 

Here’s a bit more about me and my qualifications: I studied the 4-year program at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and continue to travel multiple times a year to study with my mentor, Andrew Nugent-Head. I also studied under Dr. Ed Garbacz, M.D. LAc and spent a year working and studying under Dr. Bonnie Walker, M.D. LAc. I have also done extensive post-graduate studies in acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine from lectures of acupuncturists like Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi, Dr. Tran Viet Dzung, Matt Callison, and Edward Obaidey

Get in touch with me by calling (919) 260-4104. I’d be happy to answer your questions and get you booked for an appointment today!