At first glance, Gua sha treatment looks like it would be painful, but it is actually healing. This traditional East Asian treatment sometimes results in red splotchy marks on the skin that look like scrapes or light bruising, but in actuality it is a vascular response called transitory therapeutic petechiae.
The technique involves continuous scraping of the skin to intentionally improve blood flow and reduce swelling. The increased blood flow causes the small red dots, called petechiae, which usually fade within two to three days after treatment.
Gua sha reduces swelling and pain by dispersing the swelling so that it doesn’t accumulate in one area, it takes pressure off of the nerves, decreases lactic acid and has a desensitizing effect to reduce pain, resolve spasms, and improve mobility.
Other diagnoses that may benefit from Gua sha include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis
- Trigger Finger
- Frozen Shoulder
- Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
- Hamstring Strains
- Achilles Tendinopathy
To determine if you may be a good candidate for Gua sha, contact our Lightfoot clinic at 757-229-9740.
For more information, Contact us at Williamsburg, VA center.