Massage therapy has been in use for millennia to help ease common aches and pains and to speed the injury recovery process. Massage therapy has also been used to help new mothers obtain relief from ordinary postpartum complaints.
Tui na is a therapeutic form of Chinese massage that is has been used for more than 2,000 years. The words tui na literally mean “pinch and pull” and refers to the methods used in the massage therapy. Tui na has been used to provide enhanced health benefits for everyone from infants to the elderly. Tui na is not usually a form of pleasure massage, but is used to address specific patterns of disharmony in the body. It includes what is commonly known as acupressure, a technique during which the therapist uses finger pressure on acupuncture points instead of needles. Tui na is often used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, superficial trauma and injury.
The tui na technique consists of different massage techniques including tapping, stretching, gliding and kneading. The therapist will use the fingertips, palms, elbows and knuckles during the session to help improve lymph circulation and blood flow. The average tui na session may last from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the patient’s needs. Tui na is unique in that it focuses on a specific area to be treated, whether it is a stiff neck or knee pain. The massage therapy is known for its ability to energize and rejuvenate the entire person while at the same time relaxing and recalibrating the body. Tui na has been used to improve the digestion and to correct stress-related disorders such as insomnia and headaches.
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Tui na can provide drug-free pain relief for postpartum women. Tui na is effective at improving blood and lymphatic circulation and relaxing tense muscles. Because tui na can address many of the common discomforts associated with the shifting hormone balances after pregnancy, it is one of the most highly recommended forms of massage for the new mother.
Tui na can also help to relieve the following conditions common to the postpartum woman.
Edema is the buildup of fluid in the hands, legs feet and ankles. The condition is caused by a reduction in circulation due to the increased pressure on major blood vessels by the uterus. Edema can also affect the postpartum mother. Tui na can help reduce edema by improving circulation.
Sciatic Nerve Pain
Sciatic nerve pain is frequently experienced by women during late pregnancy when the uterus rests on the muscles of the lower back and the pelvic floor. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the legs, causing swelling and additional pressure on nearby nerves. Sciatic nerve pain can still be a problem after giving birth. Tui na can help reduce this discomfort by improving circulation and relieving muscle tension.
Tui na can also eliminate headaches, back pain, stress responses and other symptoms common to the postpartum mother. Post-natal massage can also help the new mother recover more quickly from birth. Try Post-natal massage with Thomson Chinese Medicine today and experience the results.
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