Chinese Massage, also known as Tuina, is a type of Chinese therapeutic massage and is an important component in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In China, it shares the same eminence as acupuncture, herbal medicine and other Chinese medical treatments.
Tuina evolved to treat paediatric problems before occidental medicine was introduced in China to help younger children overcoming the difficulties of drinking herbs or accepting acupuncture needles. It was also designed to treat conditions that, in western medicine, usually require a physiotherapist, chiropractor or an osteopath.
Unlike western manual therapists who usually specialise in a single technique, Tuina uses a complex manipulation system that is inclusive of all distinctive massage techniques, such as osteopathic joint movements, chiropractic correction and deep tissue strokes.
For this reason, Tuina is considered to be a more therapeutic extension of western massage.