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 Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Chinese massage

Side effect Patients Percentage
Bruising of arms 1
Bruising of legs 1

Why patients stopped taking Chinese massage

Multiple reasons could be selected

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


Stopped going to Chinese massage

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
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 Percentage
$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.