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Gua Sha & IASTM

Gua Sha (scraping of the skin) is a traditional Eastern Asian healing modality that has been used for centuries to relieve pain. IASTM or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Moblization evolved from Gua Sha and is widely used today to treat a variety of conditions.

Both are scraping therapies that are pain-free, efficient, and powerful. Releases endorphins, improves circulation, corrects muscular adhesions, and reduces pain.

Using a tool, the superficial tissues of the skin are scraped gently to create “Sha”, creating red marks under the surface of the skin. The scraping creates a micro trauma to the superficial blood vessels, in order to activate healing to the local area. Gua Sha is a pain free and relaxing therapy that provides a unique, efficient, and intense massage to relieve pain, soreness, and even poor circulation.

This therapy can help to increase range of motion (ROM), assist with muscle inbalances and weakness, and relieve pain brought on by plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain, achilles tendonopathy, posterior tibial tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome, total knee replacement, anterior cruciate reconstruction, iliotibial band syndrome, gluteal tendonopathy, total hip replacement, hip bursitis, rotator cuff tendonititis/tendonpathy, shoulder impingement, shoulder bursitis, rotator cuff chronic, medial and lateral epicondylitits/epicondylagia.

Warming of the tissues being treated by exercise is ideal - it is suggested that to warm the lower body use of a stationary bike or elliptical trainer work well and for the upper body the use of upper body ergometer (UBE) which is an exercise machine that is pedal with the arms. This exercise should be completed prior to and after treatment for the best results.

Both treatments can cause bruising, petechiae (redness), and soreness. Typically this resolves within 1 to 3 days but it is important to drink plenty of water to facilitate healing, the water will assist with flushing out of any toxins that were released during this therapy.

This treatment should NOT be performed on anyone with the following medical conditions:

  1. Acute injury or localized infection
  2. Active implants (medical devices requiring external power to operate) AIMDs
  3. Carotid artery disease
  4. Cellulitis
  5. Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT
  6. Ecchymosis or Hematoma's (pre-existing redness or bruising)
  7. Myositis ossificans (a condition where bone has formed within a muscle or soft tissue after an injury)
  8. Open wounds should not be treated
  9. Over fracture sites
  10. Osteomyelitis (bone infection)

Precations should be taken with the following conditions and a written Doctor release should be presented prior to this treatment:

  1. Anticoagulant therapy
  2. Bleeding disorders
  3. Autoimmune disorders
  4. Diabetes
  5. Cancer
  6. Inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Comples Regional Syndrome
  7. Pregnancy