Gua Sha is a natural, ancient Chinese healing technique that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your blood circulation. This alternative therapy may offer a unique approach to addressing health issues like chronic pain.
Using a smooth-edged instrument known as a Gua massage tool, the technician applies massage oil to your skin and gently scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue which increases blood flow. Gua Sha addresses stagnant energy, called chi, in the body and reduces inflammation.
The Flagler Institute, your most trusted Physical Therapy Services in West Palm Beach, Florida, brings you four health conditions that Gua Sha can help:
- Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that causes liver damage, inflammation, and scarring. With Gua Sha, experts believe that it can improve liver inflammation thus decreasing the likelihood of liver damage.
- Migraine headaches
If you are experiencing severe migraine and it does not respond to over-the-counter medications, Gua Sha may help. In a case study, a patient who suffered from chronic headaches was relieved after her 14-day inpatient multimodal treatment.
- Breast engorgement
Experienced by breastfeeding women, breast engorgement happens when breasts overfill with milk. Usually, breasts become swollen and painful, making it difficult for babies to latch.
- Neck pain
Gua Sha technique may also prove helpful for remedying chronic neck pain. In a study done to 48 participants, half of the group was given Gua Sha while the other used a thermal heating pad to treat neck pain. After one week, those who received Gua Sha reported less pain compared to those who have not.