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Pediatric Tuina Basics

· TCM,Baby

Chinese Medicine. It’s not just about needles and magical potions. It’s a practice of medicine with a handful of treatment modalities that are used accordingly:

  • acupuncture 
  • herbal therapy 
  • food therapy 
  • moxibustion 
  • cupping 
  • tuina

Tuina is Chinese massage that aims to remove blockages that will help to promote proper circulation of qi and blood. This aids in healing and supporting the immune system. It translates to "pinch and pull," that includes different techniques of the hands like rolling, kneading, grasping, pulling, and more. It has been used on injuries to help accelerate healing time and so it may be occasionally painful like any bodywork that is done.

It’s safe to do on children and points of treatment/massage will slightly differ from those of an adult. Tuina can be beneficial in alleviating symptoms that come with respiratory issues (cough, asthma, common cold), digestive issues (colic, constipation, diarrhea), boost the immune system, or even help promote alertness.

Here are few basic techniques and examples of where you can apply them. When applied on children It should be therapeutic and not elicit pain. Using baby powder or a rub of your choice is even better and will prevent chaffing. If you have any questions, drop a note!

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