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Muscle Scraping/Gua Sha SF

Dr. Smith uses a number of different soft-tissue techniques to address accumulated damage in the fascia.  One of his favorites is Gua Sha, also known as muscle scraping.  He utilizes a tool to directly address lumps of scar tissue.  It increases the circulation in the tissue and physcially disrupts the accumulated scar tissue.  More aggressive forms have been developed recently, such as Graston, but Dr. Smith prefers to keep it old school.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” 
~Rumi

It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua sha i involves scraping the skin with a massage tool, often made of jade or bison bone, to break up scar tissue and improve circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique addresses issues like chronic pain and accumulated scar tissue.

The long strokes used in Gua Sha stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow.  Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body.  This is more often described in the West as inflammation which is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Gua sha is generally performed on the back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Dr. Smith begins with mild pressure, and gradually increases intensity to determine how much force you can handle.

Muscle Scraping for Scar Tissue and Inflammation

Dr. Smith believes that addressing an issue through as many different approaches as possible is the best approach.  He rarely uses Gua Sha as a stand-alone method, but he incorporates it as part of an overall treatment plan.  It often works well in combination with deep tissue massage, myofascial release and chiropractic adjustments.

Sports injuries and surgical scars respond especially well to muscle scraping.  Dr. Smith often pre-treats the area of complaint with a Dolphin Neurostim unit before beginning a Gua Sha treatment.

Your skin may be red following a treatment, but it will fade shortly  Those on blood thinners may experience bruising and should inform Dr. Smith of the use of such medications before a treatment.