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Manipulation Therapy

Manipulation therapy (Tuina) is an age-old method in China for healing injuries and diseases. It is a component part of present-day traditional Chinese medicine. The therapist uses his/her two hands to exert a varying force on the patient's body, applying different hand techniques in so doing, and resorting to his/her special ability gained by experience and training to instill energy into another person's body---all for the purpose of stimulating certain parts of the body so as to revive or strengthen the vitality of the body and facilitate its successful convalescence and early recovery.

Manipulation therapy( Tuina) is a method for "treating a person by means of a person"and, being a drugless system of healing, pertains to the realm of naturopathy, which is now much adored throughout the world. As this therapy is simple and convenient, highly efficacious at the same time and without any side effect at all, it has been in wide use in China for thousands of years, being further developed, enriched and elevated continually all the time. Manipulation therapy can treat and help: Back Pain, Frozen

Manipulation Therapy

Shoulder, M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Migraine, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Muscle Strains, Tennis Elbow, golfer's Elbow, 'Tilted Pelvis', 'Sciatica', Arthritis, Asthma and other respiratory disorders. When the structure is out of balance, any system of the body can be affected by the compromised blood supply, drainage and nerve supply. Sciatica is very often due to a tilted pelvis and lots of painful muscle spasm.



Manipulation acts on the human body chiefly through four paths:



(1)The mechanical path

Regardless of the kind of manipulation, the fundamental mode of action is mechanical in nature. The hand pressing on a part of the body can produce a change in form of the local organism, thereby promoting the flow of the fluid in the organism from the high-pressure area towards the low-pressure area. When the hand is taken off, the organism may return to its original state. Any rhythmic hand movement with alternating changes in the force of pressure, whether light or heavy, can promote motions of materials in the organism, and thereby increase the exchange of substances inside and outside the organelles and the blood capillaries and accelerate the reflux of blood through veins and the flow of lymph in the lymphatic vessels.

For example, manipulation of the motion joints is performed by applying on the patient's limbs and trunk, with definite objectives in view, the forces of pulling, twisting, flexing, and/or as if of a lever. This hand technique can set right dislocated joints; loosen adhesions of structures; eliminate convulsions; and correct abnormalities of anatomical positions, such as the sliding off of a tendon sheath.

(2)The biofield path

 

Tuina Therapy Path

During treatment by tuina, owing to the fact that the therapist's spirit, mind and attention are concentrated on the location being operated upon, the message being sent out by his/her biofield is conspicuously increased, whereas the patient's biofield is generally in a low-power state. The various kinds of physical information emitted as message by the therapist will interact with the patient's biofield, whereby the patient's confused biofield will be brought into order and the disease being dealt with will take a turn for the better. (3)The biological path

The force of the therapist's hand, acting on the surface of the human body, can be transformed into biological energy, and can also bring into excited states the receptors of various feelings: the feeling of touch, the feeling of pressure, the feeling of pain, and the feeling of pulling by structures deep inside. On their part, these impulses of feeling bring about a series of functional changes through intricate paths of nerve reflexes. In addition, the rhythmic vibrations of the hand movement lower the viscosity of the gelatinous materials, augment the fluidity of the protoplasm, and raise the biological activity of the enzymes, thereby promoting the progress of metabolism of the organism.

(4)Adjustment of the main and collateral channels

In traditional Chinese medicine, the main and collateral channels are regarded as a network of passages through which a person's vital energy circulates and along which the acupuncture points are distributed. The channels may be located deep in the coelom, namely the body cavity, and connect the viscera. They may also be so shallow as to be right on the surface of the human body. Thus they form a labyrinthine network pervading the whole body. As

Manipulation Therapy

a system, the main and collateral channels are not only extremely extensive in spatial distribution, but also exceedingly complex in physiological functions, including nutrition metabolism, information transmission, defense and immunity, coordination and attainment of equilibrium, somewhat like an internal automatic control system of the living organism. In normal conditions, the main and collateral channels keep up the internal orderliness of the organism. When any confusion appears in this orderliness, disease will crop up in the human body. By giving external stimuli to the acupoints, to the main channels, and to the skin, manipulation hand techniques spur the system of main and collateral channels in such a way as to bring into full play its ability for functional adjustment, with an overall trend directed towards harmonization of the functional activities of the various parts of the organism.

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