Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and Shiatsu (Japanese Medical Massage) can have similar effects to acupuncture when acupressure is applied to the points and channels by a skilled* therapist (someone with in-depth knowledge and training on the use of acupuncture channels and points). These skillful practitioners can identify disharmony in the body and devise a treatment to help restore balance to the areas of concern.

Medical Massage* therapies use traction, massage, and manipulation of the tissues in conjunction with stimulation of acupressure points and channels. Medical Massage* can be used for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as certain non-musculoskeletal conditions. Medical Massage* includes sports massage, as sports massage requires specific knowledge of sports, injuries, orthopedic conditions, techniques, and treatment of these types of conditions.

Manual therapies are an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Chinese manual therapies are often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbalism, and movement therapies.  Tui Na, if skillfully applied, can treat internal medicine conditions similar to acupuncture, and is within the scope of practice of a licensed acupuncturist.

Tui Na techniques are customized and designed to treat specific conditions. Tui Na stimulates circulation, reduces inflammation, increases range of motion, decreases pain, and treats various conditions.

In China, Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) practitioners have similar training as an acupuncturist, but specialize in manual manipulation and massage as opposed to using needles. In China, Western Medicine Doctors (MD), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctors (Acupuncturist & Herbal Medicine), and Tui Na Doctors are all considered to have the same level of training and scope of practice when treating patients.

In America, each state regulates the scope of practice of each health professional, and depending on the state you live in, a licensed acupuncturist can have the same scope of practice as a Western Medical Doctor (MD). The scope of practice of a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in America does NOT include the ability to diagnosis, prescribe, or treat and physical or mental illness.


*DISCLAIMER: Most Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT) do NOT have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the acupuncture points and channels. Massage or bodywork should not be construed as a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis, or treatment. It is not within the scope of practice of a massage therapist, to diagnosis, prescribe, or treat and physical or mental illness. 


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