Tuina – Chinese Massage

Tuina also known as An-mo, is one of the 5 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

It is a manual therapy that is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses Chinese medical theory as the basis for its application and actions.

The History of Tuina
Tuina dates back to the Shang Dynasty around 1700 B. C. Tuina is often referred to as Chinese medical massage. The word tuina can be literally translated as “push-grab”. Tuina 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 Tuina Can Treat
Tuina 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.

Tuina 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 tuina in veterinary medicine is in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Tuina 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. Tuina 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 Tuina
Many veterinary practitioners trained in Chinese medicine combine tuina with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and Chinese food therapy for an enhanced therapeutic effect. Tuina is a safe and effective therapy with no known side-effects and is contraindicated in open wounds, fractures, phlebitis and for pregnant animals.


It’s a Team Effort
IVC 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 tuina 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 IVC can formulate a treatment plan to teach you how to perform specific tuina techniques at home so you can actively participate in your pet’s therapy and recovery.


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