Tui-Na dates back to the Shang Dynasty around 1700 B. C. Tui-Na is often referred to as Chinese medical massage. The word Tui-Na can be literally translated as “push-grab”. Tui-Na uses massage, acupressure, traction and manipulation techniques for the prevention and treatment of disease. From a Western perspective it can be thought of as corresponding to a combination of acupressure, conventional massage and chiropractic techniques.
What Tui-Na or Veterinary Massage Therpay Can Treat
Tui-Na or veterinary massage therapy is thought to help promote and restore normal circulation of Qi and Blood through the meridians of the body to restore balance and allow the body to heal itself. The smooth and proper flow of Qi and Blood is necessary for strong immunity and normal function of internal organs and musculoskeletal system.
Tui-Na treatments can be used to align and restore the normal anatomic relationships of the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body, and regulate the meridians.
Most Common Use in Veterinary Medicine
The most common use of Tui-Na in veterinary medicine is in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Tui-Na can also be used to treat problems of the digestive and respiratory systems and is well suited for tonification and strengthening weak, chronically ill, geriatric and pediatric animals. Tui-Na can be used on small and large animals as well as exotic species (to include zoo animals) and is especially useful for the treatment of animals that will not allow acupuncture needles to be placed.
Combining Treatments with Tui-Na
Many veterinary practitioners trained in Chinese medicine combine Tui-Na with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and Chinese food therapy for an enhanced therapeutic effect. Tui-Na is a safe and effective veterinary massage therapy with no known side-effects and is contraindicated in open wounds, fractures, phlebitis and for pregnant animals.
It’s a Team Effort
VCIM encourages the active participation of the owner in a team effort with our center to help restore health to their pet. We believe that the use of Tui-Na promotes open communication between the owner and the veterinarian, greatly facilitates the healing process and honors the human-animal bond.
The specially trained veterinarians of the VCIM can formulate a treatment plan to teach you how to perform specific Tui-Na techniques at home so you can actively participate in your pet’s therapy and recovery.