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Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain. Dr Stuart Himmelsetin has performing this therapy in his Philadelphia, PA office for over 20 years.
In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion.
Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation 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 a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Your technician may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle.
Our Philadelphia chiropractor Dr. Stuart Himmelstein has over 20 years treating patients with this highly effective treatment.
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Dr Himmelstein and his staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. I have suffered from lower back pain for a long time until I started going to Dr. Himmelstein. After several visits I feel that many of the things my back stopped me from doing were now possible here ...Lexi S.
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What are the benefits of gua sha?
Gua sha may reduce inflammation, so it’s often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain.
Gua sha may also relieve symptoms of other conditions:
1. Hepatitis B
2. Migraine headaches
3. Breast engorgement
4. Neck pain
5. Tourette syndrome
6. Perimenopausal syndrome
Does gua sha have side effects?
As a natural healing remedy, gua sha is safe. It’s not supposed to be painful, but the procedure may change the appearance of your skin. Because it involves rubbing or scraping skin with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface of your skin can burst. This can result in skin bruising and minor bleeding. Bruising usually disappears within a couple of days.
Some people also experience temporary indentation of their skin after a gua sha treatment.
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