Incorporating gua sha scraping into a manual therapy treatment, like a massage can greatly benefit many different soft tissue conditions. Tendinitis, pulled or strained muscles, carpal tunnel, and plantar fasciitis all benefit from gua sha therapy because the scraping can decrease the tension in the muscles, as well and decreasing the scar tissues and adhesions that develop during the healing process. A lot of scar tissue will form during the healing process and it doesn’t always lay down in the correct place. Scar tissue can and will lay down in many different directions and the gua sha scraping will break away the scar tissue that formed incorrectly. This allows the tissues involved to return to their normal range of motion and continue to heal properly.
After receiving treatment with gua sha included it’s likely that a patient will feel more tired than just a treatment without it. A lot of fluids are moved around with the gua sha, like blood and lymphatic fluid, this causes the body to feel more tired than a regular manual therapy treatment would. Following the gua sha treatment, it is suggested to use a cool pack to the areas because of the mild inflammation response that the scraping causes.
Gua sha can greatly benefit many different soft tissue dysfunction, however open communication is very important and if the scraping is not tolerated, let your therapist know.