Gua sha is an instrument-assisted manual therapy practice. This technique involves repeated wiping and pressing strokes over lubricated skin using a smooth-edged tool. It triggers a healing response which may reduce pain and relieve muscle tension. Gua sha feels like a strong massage. Instead of the practitioner using their hands to release a muscle, a smooth-edged tool is used instead. This has additional therapeutic benefits.
The brisk wiping action used in this technique stretches underlying connective tissue. It’s used to relieve muscle tension. It’s often used in this clinic to treat stiff necks and shoulders, tension headaches, as well as migraines. Gua sha technique can also be applied to regions where scar tissue has formed.
Scar tissue can form for many reasons. It may be the result of an immediate injury (for example a sprain, or strain) or be caused by everyday wear and tear (for example carrying bags, sitting at a desk, or carrying children). Gua sha breaks down the misaligned fibres in scar tissue, triggering the healthy regrowth of muscle fibres. This may reduce pain and give muscles back their range of motion.
While results can vary, many patients experience immediate relief after their first treatment. After a gua sha treatment, it’s common to feel mildly tender and see small red dots on the treated area. These red dots (called petechiae) can last for three days to a week, after which skin appearance returns to normal. These side effects will decrease with each treatment as the targeted area gets better. Gua sha is a fantastic treatment option for those suffering from sore and tense muscles, who are looking for a strong and vigorous treatment to get things moving again.
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