In Chinese medicine, one can either alter the qi to affect the body’s form, or alter the body’s form to affect the qi
What is Tui Na?
Tui Na, literally meaning “push and grasp”, is a physical manipulative therapy based on East Asian medical theory. Often referred to as Asian medical massage, many different hand techniques are used at the joints, along the meridians, and at acupressure points to treat a broad range of diseases, including musculoskeletal disorders, acute and chronic traumatic injuries, stress-related disorders, and digestive and respiratory disorders. Tui Na can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or as a treatment modality on its own. It has been shown to be especially effective for pediatric patients and orthopedic conditions.
What is Zheng Gu?
Zheng Gu, literally meaning “upright bone,” is the physical manipulation of the joints and bones. It is used in conjunction with tui na to correct misalignment and alleviate certain orthopedic conditions. Unlike chiropractic or osteopathic adjustments, it is focused not only on manipulation of the joint, but of the surrounding tissues, muscles, and fascia as well. Release of the myo-fascia will encourage the bones and joints to align themselves, thereby making Asian bone mobilization an oftimes subtle and highly effective procedure.