Tui-na (Chinese Medical Massage)

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.

What can Tui-na help treat?

A wide variety of conditions can benefit from Tui-na, including:

  • Back pain or other problems
  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Lameness in horses
  • Tendon or ligament problems
  • "Wobbler" syndrome in dogs or horses
  • Soreness after competition or other strenuous exertion
  • Internal organ problems
  • Conditions affecting very young animals
  • Conditions of geriatric animals


New York Veterinary Acupuncture Service provides acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui-na and Chinese food therapy on either a house call basis or at several area clinics. House calls are offered in New York's Orange County (Newburgh, Middletown, Beacon, Warwick, Goshen, Washingtonville, Florida, Chester, Monroe, Harriman, Tuxedo and surrounding areas). Thursday house calls are available in Manhattan. Fees vary by location; for more information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Office visits are available as follows:

High Point K9 Center
2224 Mt. Hope Rd., Middletown, NY
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Compassion Veterinary Health Center
235 South Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY
Contact CVHC on 845-473-0358 for appointments

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