Acupuncture. It’s not all needles!

I use Gua Sha most frequently on back, neck and shoulder problems. I usually palpate these areas on new patients to find out if they have areas of muscle that feel tight, stringy, knotted or hard. These rigid areas of tissue are frequent contributors to pain and they benefit from being softened and a fresh blood supply encouraged in so that the pain can be reduced.

Dr Arya Nielsen (the foremost authority on Gua Sha in the West) says Gua Sha is good for “any chronic disorder involving pain or inflammation”

Why do marks come up after Gua Sha?

These marks are not bruises; they are small spots of blood released from capillaries near the skin. If these dots are purple in colour it indicates that there is an area of what we call ‘Blood Stagnation’ – blood has not been able to move through the tissues so there has been a lack of oxygen and glucose getting in and not much carbon dioxide and other toxic by products getting out. The result of this lack of movement is pain.

So the marks are a sign that the treatment is working and most of them disappear within a week of the treatment.

Sometimes Gua Sha isn’t the most appropriate treatment for rigid areas of the body. For some patients doing a technique like this can be just too painful. If that’s the case then that’s where I would tend to use the needles as a way of getting the tissues to start relaxing. After a few treatments the tight muscles should feel alot easier.

If you feel a bit reserved about the idea of needles then this may be more appropriate for you. Why don’t you give me a call or drop an email to find out.

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