Tui-na is a form of Chinese medical massage, developed over 2,000 years ago, that uses the same theory of energetic “channels” or “meridians” as acupuncture. Tui-na involves stimulation of acupuncture points and channels together with stretching and manipulation of the limbs, in order to improve joint function, promote circulation and stimulate the immune system and body's resistance to disease. There are over 100 different techniques used in Tui-na, and it has many similarities with chiropractic and Western massage therapy.
Tui-na is most commonly used for joint and muscle conditions such as arthritis, hind limb weakness or paralysis and back problems, but can also be done to benefit the internal organs. Addition of Tui-na will enhance the effects of acupuncture and/or herbal medicine. You may have experienced Tui-na for yourself: many human acupuncturists will start or end a treatment with massage; this is Tui-na.
Dr. Wedemeyer can perform a Tui-na massage as part of your pet's treatment, and if appropriate, you may be taught a short massage to perform daily at home. This is generally a relaxing and bonding experience for both pet and owner, and lets you take an active role in your pet's healthcare. Most pets find Tui-na very enjoyable, especially pets that love being the center of attention! The intensity and type of massage is individualized for the particular patient, making Tui-na suitable for animals of all ages.Dr. Wedemeyer certified in Tui-na by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.