Gua sha – great traditional Chinese technique – is applied to chronic soft tissue pain with emphasis on restoring normal circulatory function, boosting energy and immune system, improving flexibility, for example in case on the frozen shoulder, extending range of motion and increasing strength.

Guasha Massage

“Gua” means scraping and “sha” means sand. Sand refers to irregular texture that one palpates as sha rise to the surface. Sha is visible after the treatment and appears as petechiae (small red dots resembling a rash resulting from capillary hemorrhages).

Petechiae appears in tissues where adhesions and scar tissues have accumulated from repeated trauma. From the Easter perspective, abnormal conditions result from blockage of toxins (acidic environment resulting from impaired circulation) that block the flow of chi (the life energy) through the body. Petechiae might be very light (indicates deficiency of blood), red (acute condition which did not penetrate deep into the body yet), purple (indicates blood stagnation), dark brown (dryness in the body and deficiency of fluids).

Benefits of Gua Sha

  • Gua sha is applied with goal of improving circulation and decreasing acidity to facilitate normal cells growth and timely healing; restores balance in body.
  • Pain relief after gua sha in often immediate due to improving circulation, aerobic metabolism, normal cell growth in affected area.
  • Gentle pressure releases histamine which is a chemical released by the body as an allergic response produced by mast cells. Histamine causes dilation of capillaries, increases blood flow and decreases acidity by oxygen and nutrient flowing into tissues.
  • Gua sha ca indirectly improve range of motion and strength by eliminating abnormal reciprocal inhibition.

Conditions to Consider to Be Treated with Gua Sha

  • Prevention the common cold, flu, bronchitis and asthma
  • Chronic tendinosis
  • Pain caused by chronically poor posture
  • Ligament sprains where the joint is stable
  • Muscle strains
  • Myofascial pain
  • Trigger points
  • Muscle spasm
  • Mature scar tissue resulting from trauma as surgery, burn or crush
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