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One of the main therapies used on the Nuga Best NM-5000 is the Ch'una Therapy.

Ch'una is a manipulation procedure in Oriental Medicine, which includes soft tissue and joint manual therapy in areas such as acu-points on skin, myo-fasical trigger points, spine and joints) to control the body's physiological and pathological conditions. It helps to ease muscles and gives immediate relaxation. Ch'una therapy itself has neither side effects nor toxicity compared to chemical treatments.

Manipulation has been used to help patients for centuries. Though no origin is noted, manual procedures are evident in ancient artworks dating back 4,000 years. Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Korean Japanese and Tibetan records describe the use of manipulations to treat the body.
During the last several decades, increasing fundamental knowledge of medical science, based on natural science, contributed to the development of ch'una therapy. Old traditional ch'una therapy was a result of clinical experiences, but modern ch'una has been combined with modern natural scientific knowledges such as anatomy, physiology and pathology. Korean ch'una was developed by accepting good points of Chinese ch'una, American Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Japanese style manipulation thus improving them effectively.

Manual therapy largely consists of joint manipulation procedures and soft tissue manipulation procedures.

Joint manual procedure is again divided into three major parts which are adjustments, joint mobilisation, and manual traction/distraction. Firstly, ch'una adjustment is a specific form of articular manipulation using either long- or short-leverage techniques with specific contacts. It is characterised by a dynamic thrust of controlled velocity, amplitude, and direction. Secondly, joint mobilisation is a form of manipulation applied within the physiologic range of joint motion, and is characterised by non thrust passive joint manipulation. And lastly, manual traction/distraction therapy is a procedure to produce tractional or pulling force to induce traction or distraction of certain segments.

Soft tissue manipulation procedure, another classified manual therapy, is formed by four different fields which are massage, therapeutic muscle stretching, point pressure techniques, and visceral manipulation. Massage is the systematic therapy of friction, stroking, percussion, and kneading to the body. Therapeutic muscle stretching designed to stretch myofascial tissue, using the principles of post-isometric muscular relaxation and reciprocal inhibition. Point pressure technique is an application of sustained or progressively stronger digital pressure. It involves stationary contacts or small vibratory or circulatory movements. And lastly, visceral manipulation is a manual method for restoring mobility(movement of the viscera in response to voluntary movement or to movement of the diaphragm in respiration) or motility(inherent motion of the viscera themselves) of an organ, using specific, gentle forces.
Ch'una therapy is directed at two different types of problems: musculoskeletal and internal organic or systemic problems.

★ Examples of musculoskeletal problems are the following :

1. Acute or chronic soft tissue injuries such as sprain.
2. discogenic diseases; joint dysfunction such as joint restriction.
3. subluxation
4. facet joint syndrome; muscle related symptoms such as muscle spasm.
5. contracture
6. etc.