What is Tui Na Anmo?
Die Da Ke (Mandarin) commonly translated as fall and hit medicine is the traditional art of healing injuries. Die Da deals with the prevention and treatment of many different types of musculo-skeletal disorders; sprains, strains, bruises, dislocated joints, broken bones.
Die da ke has been an integral part of traditional kung fu for centuries and today is practiced in Chinese hospitals. One of the best known systems comes from the tradition of the Shaolin Chan Buddhist Temple. Physical exercise, conditioning and physical contact are all parts of martial arts training. Risk of injury in martial arts is an unavoidable factor and may occur at one time or another due to a variety of reasons; such as getting hit, falling down, pulling or tearing muscle, improper technique etc.
Die da uses a variety of methods or combination of, such as extensive use of tui na, dian xue, chi massage, herbal medicine, moxibustion and cupping to treat injuries depending on the type, severity or other important factors.
Chinese massage used for healing can be described as a combination of several different techniques. Tui Na (push grab) works by manipulating the soft tissues and articular relationships of the physical body, circulating blood, body fluids, and activating the chi energy system. Chi or vital energy sustains our life and health by flowing through specific channels in our body.
Dian Xue (cavity point) is also referred to as acupressure used on specific channel points. External Chi healing method or Wai Chi Lao Fa is a curative technique based on the idea that a practitioners energy can be used to influence the energy of a patient, perhaps to push or otherwise shift the patient’s own energy into a more balanced state.
What to Expect on Your Visit?
Joseph will talk with you about your situation, previous treatments and what you would like to see happen. In a typical session, the patient remains clothed but wears loose clothing and sits in a chair or lies down on a massage table. An assessment is made and after a series of questions , treatment is based on the answers. Inspection of the tongue in Chinese medicine reflects the state of the body’s internal organs,and palpation of the pulse are two important methods in this process. Palpating the pulse is not the same as checking your heart rate but a way for Joseph to feel the strength and flow of the energy in your channels.
Joseph optimizes the best of both Chinese and western medical methods. Western sciences such as anatomy and physiology, pathology and associated technologies such as cytology (cell study), radiology, and computers support the treatments of traditional Chinese traumatology and orthopedics. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you bring with you on your first visit, any previous tests such as x-rays/MRIs, blood tests.
Unlike a relaxation massage, this therapeutic method goes directly after the problem, sometimes requiring significant pressure. Treatment time usually lasts from thirty to forty minutes and frequency depends on the condition. Sometimes herbal compresses, liniments, poultices and heat are used as an adjunctive part of the therapy.
What does Tui Na Treat?
Tui Na, dian xue, massage are best suited for rectifying chronic pain, stress related disorders and traumatic conditions (sprain, strain, contusion, fractures, joint and connective tissue diseases). For those who engage in fitness and exercise activities, incorporating Chinese massage into your routine can help you get in better shape faster, with less stiffness and soreness while aiding in recovery from heavy workouts. Joseph’s experience is in treating injuries associated with martial arts as well as those encountered during most sports activities.
Because it tends to be more specific and intense than other types of bodywork, tui na, dian xue massage may not necessarily be used to sedate or relax a patient. The type of massage delivered can be quite vigorous. In fact, some people may feel sore after their first session. Often times, the effects of treatment are immediate ( pain relief, decrease in symptoms, increased energy, flexibility and an ability to function). With other disorders, it may take time with results coming more subtly.
Commonly Treated Disorders:
Sports injuries, neck and shoulder pain, TMJ, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, carpel tunnel, low back pain, herniated and bulging discs, tendinitis, tendinosis, bursitis, sciatica, knee pain, ankle injuries, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia.