Gua Sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine. It is often used to treat muscle pain and tension, but there has been limited research into how it works.
Gua Sha aims to move energy, known as qi or chi, around the body. The treatment involves using a tool to rub the skin in long strokes, applying enough pressure to create redness/ petechiae.
Gua Sha may help to break down scar tissue and connective tissue thus improving overall tissue mobility. It can also help to bring fresh blood flow to the area to encourage tissue healing.
The treatment does not have any serious side effects but is not suitable for those with certain medical conditions including:
Other Side Effects and Risks:
Gua Sha causes tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin called capillaries to burst. This creates the distinctive red or purple bruises, known as Sha.
The bruises usually take a few days or a week to heal and can be tender while healing.
A person should protect the bruised area and take care not to bump it. Applying an ice pack can help to reduce inflammation and ease any pain.
This modality is offered by Brad Dietrich, RMT and is billed under Registered Massage Therapy.