Gua sha relieves myofascial pain and eliminates trigger points via immmediate improvement in circulation. Following gua sha, stretches and gentle active range of motion can be performed with less pain and muscle guarding.
Waking up with a "stiff neck"
Muscle pain from poor posture
When nerves pass between or through muscle tissue there is potential for entrapment and compression. Gua sha is selectively performed over possible entrapment points. The targeted muscle is then stretched to relieve pressure on the affected nerve. Examples: thoracic outlet syndrome, piriformis syndrome, pronator syndrome, etc.
Current research identifies a lack of adequate circulation as the main factor in tendonosis. Gua sha immediately improves circulation resulting in decreased pain. The appearance of petechiae also facilitate healing by drawing cells involved in the healing process to the affected area. With time, the affected tissue has an opportunity to heal.
Lateral epicondylosis (tennis elbow)
Medial epicondylosis (golfer's elbow)
Tenosynovosis (Dequervains and trigger finger)
Rotator cuff tendonosis, shoulder impingement syndrome and bursitis
Perform gua sha:
Prior to an athletic event to warm muscle tissue and enhance stretching.
After training or competition using a distal to proximal stroke to decrease edema and swelling.
After immobilization / casting to regain range of motion and decrease stiffness after injury
Muscles can appear weak secondary to lack of flexibility in their antagonist muscle group (reciprocal inhibition). Once treated and stretched, the tight muscle no longer affects the agonist muscles ability to contract. Example: tight pectoralis muscles inhibiting scapular retractors resulting in a slumped posture and rotator cuff impingement.
Each of our instruments is designed with a rounded treatment edge that is safe and effective for mobilizing and improving flexibility in the mature scar.
Gua sha is generally performed with strokes away from the heart. However, a gentle stroke towards the heart facilitates lymphatic drainage and decreases swelling in the acute case.
The smooth and rounded treatment edge provides a unique and soothing massage experience. Unlocking the potential of gua sha is only a matter of increasing pressure.