Massage, in Chinese is called 'an mo' or 'tui na', and is another great contribution the Chinese have made to the world medical field. Chinese Traditiona Massage is a kind of outer physiotherapy and has been proven to be one of great practical use. This marvelous treatment as a method of Chinese medicine has a long and interesting history.The earliest recorded massage is the inscriptions on bones or tortoise shells of the Shang Dynasty (16th -11th century BC). During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), a story exists and was recorded of a marvelous doctor, Bian Que, who healed a faint prince through massage, illustrating it's
miraculous effects. In the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386 - 589), six techniques of hand massage evolved and came into common usage as the basis of the profession. These were strand, shake, twine, twiddle, knead and roll. Although these original techniques are still used today, the field of massage has evolved to include over 20 techniques. Different levels of Chinese traditional massage can be achieved depending in the strength and direction of the hand, affecting from skin to pulse and muscle even to the bone marrow. Today in China, every hospital has a Massage Department. Patients queue up from 8am every morning
and have a huge range of symptoms, from prolapsed discs to frozen shoulder and sciatica, to diarrhoea, high blood pressure, migraines, knee problems, tendonitis, tennis / golf elbow to sun stroke, menstrual problems, fatigue or insomnia. Even more symptoms are treated in the infantile Tuina clinic within the department. Symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, enuresis, convulsions, common cold, asthma, fever, whooping cough, chicken pox to name a few. Even infantile short sightedness is treated through Chinese traditional massage.
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