Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment that relieves tension and muscle pain. During the treatment, a tool is pressed on the skin to create pressure. The tool is then moved back and forth to create light bruising. This intentional bruising helps break up adhesions in tense muscles and help blood to flow freely again. There is even evidence to suggest Gua Sha can improve the immune system and prevent inflammation.
This treatment should only be applied by someone who understands how it works and how to identify tension spots on the body. At Valencia Sports Medicine, members of our staff have training in the proper use of Gua Sha and can perform the treatment for you while explaining how it works.
Suffering from muscle stiffness? Gua Sha may be the treatment you need. Call (661) 490-9221 to schedule an appointment.
Who Can Benefit From Gua Sha?
Gua Sha has many uses, but it is most commonly used to treat muscle and joint pain. A member of our team may recommend it if you suffer from back pain, muscle cramps, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, women in the early stages of menopause noticed a reduction in headaches, sweating, and insomnia after receiving Gua Sha treatment.
Because Gua Sha uses intentional bruising as part of the treatment, it is not recommended for patients who bleed easily, have skin or vein disorders, or taking blood thinning medications.
How Effective is It?
Gua Sha has been used for over 2000 years, but it is only recently that medical researchers have begun investigating the science behind it. While the full extent of Gua Sha treatment is still being researched, evidence has shown that it can be helpful for treating muscle and joint pains. Patients who are adverse to medication and more invasive treatments will often try alternative therapies like Gua Sha before resorting to more intense procedures.
Schedule an appointment for Gua Sha at Valencia Sports Medicine today by calling (661) 490-9221.