Gua sha is a traditional Chinese healing method to treat chronic pain and release muscle tension. A technician applies massage oil to your skin before rubbing it with a smooth-edged tool. You will experience gradual pressure in your back, legs, arms, and face. The short or long strokes create minor bruising on your skin, increasing blood flow. Overall, this method is beneficial to improve physical health.
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Studies have found that gua sha has many positive benefits for muscle recovery. People have experienced greater flexibility and less back pain after this treatment. Gua sha has proven beneficial for women with perimenopause symptoms and Tourette’s syndrome. The therapy also helps conditions like Hepatitis B and migraines.
Even though gua sha causes blood vessels (capillaries) to burst under your skin, it’s a safe, natural healing remedy. The bruises take a few days to heal, but you can take a painkiller or use an ice pack for the pain.
At Medical Massage Treatment, we take all the necessary measures to ensure comfort. For example, our practitioners always sterilize their tools before each treatment.
Please consult with your doctor before scheduling a gua sha therapy. Usually, this session is not recommended in the following situations: