What is GUA SHA?
This healing modality, long heralded in TCM for it's immunity boosting/cold fighting properties and muscular skeletal benefits, makes use of massage instruments to move blood unilaterally through tissue. More recently this manual therapy has been applied to chronic pain and mobility issues caused by adhesions and scar tissue.
GuaSha Vs. Graston Technique
In contemporary application GuaSha has been appropriated by several health care professions, dubbing it 'the Graston technique' - re-packaged in the 1994 by Dr David Graston as a 'new' technique.
The difference? Visibly there is not much difference - and historically GuaSha comes from a practice which has survived nearly three millenia, not two decades like it's recent counterpart.
The Graston Technique, though extremely similar to GuaSha and offering similar benefit, fails to treat as wide a range as ailments as it's predecessor. In removing the technique from the underlying theory from which it was born, has dismissed the full scope this healing practice has held classically.
Benefits OF Gua Sha
- Inflammation and Pain - helps to release toxins in the muscle layer as well as reduce inflammation in the body.
- Adhesions and Scar Tissue - GuaSha deep and focused rythmic strokes can help break up adhesions and scar tissue; stasis which can cause pain and mobility issues.
- Common Cold - GuaSha is also beneficial for releasing pathogens from the body, and has been used for this purpose for centuries. Relieving symptoms of the common cold such as tight traps/neck as well as difficulty breathing.
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Gua Sha is best used in conjunction with other manual therapies - i.e. tui na, cupping, acupuncture.
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