If you’re looking for a more natural way to treat issues such as scars, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis, golfer’s elbow or problems with the Achilles tendons, then you’re going to want to take a minute to learn about Gua Sha treatment. Gua Sha is entirely natural and works with your body to promote healing of soft tissues in the body. You can be treated effectively and get right back out enjoying life almost immediately so there is no long term recovery or complications like you often get from surgery.
How Long Has Gua Sha Been Around?
Like many all natural treatments, Gua Sha has been around for hundreds of years. It originated in the 1300’s in China. This ancient healing technique has been effectively used for a wide range of soft tissue injuries, pain and even the treatment of scars for a very long time. In Chinese Gua means to rub or scrape, and Sha is a word for reddish or rashed skin. This name fits well given what the treatment does and how it works.
How Does Gua Sha Work?
A trained professional will use a semi-abrasive object and rub it on the surface of the skin near the treatment area. This will create a rash like area on the skin, and this is normal. The treatment is breaking down the scar tissue either on the skin, or under it depending on what is being treated. As the tissue is broken down it will allow the body to heal itself naturally, returning the elasticity to the injured area.
This is an especially popular treatment for injuries or traumas to the body because of the fact that it is not at all invasive. You don’t have to worry about getting cut open, having to get put to sleep for the treatment or any long term complications.
What are the Side Effects of Gua Sha?
Many people have been treated with Gua Sha for hundreds of years with no adverse side effects. The only noticeable effect is the rash like look of the area which was treated. Most people are not bothered by this at all, and those who do have any complaints simply say that it feels warm or possibly a little itchy. Of course, the benefits of this treatment far outweigh the very minor discomfort which a small minority of people may experience.
Many athletes get this treatment on a regular basis because they want to keep their tendons and muscles in perfect condition and they know they could never get a full surgery to treat their injuries. Athletes often report that whether they are getting Gua Sha treatments to treat an injury or just as a preventative treatment, they are very satisfied with the results.
If you’re interested in giving this great natural treatment a try just start by thinking about what area you want treated. If, for example, you’ve had problems with your ankle in the past then that may be a good place to start. Most people find the treatment comfortable and relaxing so you have nothing to worry about.
About the Author: Dr. Alec Khlebopros, is the treatment center director of Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center offering over 8 years of professional practice and has treated thousands of patients. Dr. Alec is more than capable of servicing those with pain with Gua Sha treatment. He is a respected Chiropractor in Charlotte NC and is involved in his community. For more information on Gua Sha from this Charlotte chiropractor visit the website.