Physical Manipulation and Tuina
Physical manipulation in Traditional Chinese Medicine consists of Tuina, Cupping, and Gua Sha.
Chinese Medical Massage is called Tui Na. Many people report that Tui Na feels like a cross between acupressure and Shiatsu. Tui Na techniques include kneading, percussion, friction, pulling, rotation, rocking, vibration, and shaking. This form of therapy has a remarkable ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles, and skeletal system. Not only does it effectively treat musculo-skeletal conditions like sciatica and muscle spasms, but it is also good for treating insomnia, constipation, and headaches.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and gentle and controlled suction creates a vacuum over target areas. Applying cupping can reduce pain, increase circulation and detoxification, and is effective in treating common colds, muscular-skeletal complaints such as lower back pain and frozen shoulders, and cellulite.
Gua Sha is another ancient technique used to remove blood stagnation, promote healthy circulation and metabolism and immediately relieves pain, stiffness, and symptoms of the common cold. This technique involves placing pressure on the skin in strokes with a special round-edged instrument. This results in the appearance of small red petechiae called "sha" that fade in 2-3 days.
More information on Gua Sha can be found here.