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Gua Sha


What is Gua Sha?

  • Gua Sha is  performed by a trained technician using massage oil and a smoothed edge tool, which scrapes your skin in a downward motion to create increase blood flow to the area.  

  • Gua Sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

  • Gua Sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial rejuvenation technique.


What does it treat?

  • Gua Sha may reduce inflammation, so it’s often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain.


Some other conditions commonly treated by Gua Sha (but not limited to) are: 

  • Sinusitus

  • neck pain

  • headaches, migraines

  • bells palsy

  • TMJ

  • Back pain

  • hip pain

  • sciatica

  • shoulder pain

  • tennis elbow

  • carpal tunnel

  • digestion issues

  • painful or irregular menses

  • knee pain or leg pain

What to expect from a Gua Sha Treatment: 

  • While Gua Sha may look painful it is most often an enjoyable experience which patients feel a great deal relief from. 

  • Most of the redness will fade in 2-3 days if sooner this means the circulation is good. Some areas take longer to clear and make indicate a lack of circulation in that area. 

  • It is recommended that you avoid exposure to the sun and wind until the redness is faded. It is best to keep the area covered. Most often patient report feeling tender on the skin, an increased feeling of warmth and range of motion.

  • Presenting pain is usually partially or completely gone. 

  • It is best to take it easy on the area for a few days after a treatment and allow the area to heal

  • A follow up treatment may be recommended 

Disclaimer: Any information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only. This content should not be used for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for medical advice. Please always seek advice from your qualified health practitioners for any health concerns

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