What is Chinese massage?

Category: Physical Therapy


There are at least two types of traditional Chinese massage. Tui Na focusing on pushing, stretching and kneading the muscle. Zhi Ya is similar except it focuses more on pinching and pressing at acupressure points. They are both based off principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 8 2
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 3 1
Muscle pain 2 1
Fibromyalgia 1 0
Headaches 1 1
Increase effect of another treatment 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Chinese massage

Side effect Patients
Bruising of arms 1
Bruising of legs 1


Based on patients currently going to Chinese massage

Dosage Patients
1440 min yearly 1

Why patients stopped taking Chinese massage

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped going to Chinese massage


Currently going to Chinese massage

Duration Patients
10 years or more 1

Stopped going to Chinese massage

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 2
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Chinese massage.