Tui na is a form of Chinese medical massage. It differs from most other massage styles due to the type of movements that it involves which include rubbing, rolling, pinching and finger pressure. Tui na is also unique within the massage world in that it is based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, the same theory behind acupuncture and acupressure. This means that it can be used to relieve a wide range of different health conditions, although it is most often used for pain relief.
Tui Na Massage for Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is a very common condition in adults all across the world. According to TCM theory, the most common cause of pain is a blockage in the free flow of qi and blood throughout the body. This blockage can be caused by physical injury, exterior factors such as over-exposure to heat, cold or dampness, or internal factors such as suppressed emotions.
When qi and blood stop flowing as they should, they stagnate in the vessels and cause stiffness, swelling and discomfort. Tui na works well for painful conditions as it is a vigorous form of massage which encourages better circulation in the area that is treated. It can be combined with other treatment methods such as acupuncture and cupping therapy to further enhance its results.
Lower Back Pain and the Kidneys
According to TCM, one of the most common causes of lower back pain is a weakness in the energy of the Kidneys. This does not mean the physical kidneys that we are familiar with in the western world, but the TCM Kidney system which includes the adrenal glands and reproductive organs too.
The TCM Kidney system has many important functions within the body. It plays an important role in growth, development and reproduction and acts as a source of the yin and yang energies which are needed to keep your whole body running smoothly.
Your Kidneys can easily be weakened by chronic illness, overwork or an unhealthy lifestyle. This leads to a whole range of symptoms including lower back pain, knee pain, fatigue and sexual dysfunction.
Tui na massage can be used to effectively relieve lower back pain associated with both injuries and Kidney deficiency. Because the Kidneys are located in the lower back, massaging this area can also give them an extra nudge in the right direction if they are not functioning at their peak.
Acupressure to Relieve Lower Back Pain and Invigorate the Kidneys
If you are suffering from lower back pain, acupuncture, cupping and tui na massage are all well worth a try. You can also try this simple self-massage between treatments to alleviate mild back pain and give your Kidneys an extra boost whether you suffer from back pain or not.
1. Rub your hands together vigorously for 30 seconds so that the friction causes them to become warm. Place your warm hands on your back in the area of your kidneys.
2. Repeatedly press in and release, without fully removing your hands from your back. Continue to do this for 1–2 minutes until you can feel the heat beginning to spread across your whole lower back and kidney area.
3. Take your two palms and gently pat your lower back and kidney area 30–50 times.
4. Make your hands into loose fists and reach them behind your back with your elbows bent. Rub the two areas directly over your kidneys with the thumb and forefinger sides of your fists. One of your fists should be working in a clockwise direction and the other counterclockwise.
5. Do this 10–20 times, then switch the direction of movement and repeat. For the best results, perform this self-massage daily, at around the same time every day.
If acupressure is not enough to ease your back pain, consider a professional massage!