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                                    Chinese scraping

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha or Chinese scraping is a technique used to release adhesions and scar tissue in muscle and fascia (saran wrap-like covering holding your muscles together under your skin).


Western therapies use similar scraping techniques originating from Gua Sha such as:

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Graston Techniques

The pressure applied may be firm or gentle from the gua sha tool depending on patient comfort, the area being treated and tenderness prior to treatment.


  • Improves range of motion and overall functional capacity to muscles and joints.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Used for headaches. migraines, sinus drainage, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.
  • Many patients note feeling very relaxed following gua sha treatments to their head, neck and scalp.
  • May provide relief for individuals experiencing dizziness if related to muscular tightness.
  • Great for awkward areas like hands, fingers, feet, toes, and scalp. 

Taking care of your body post treatment:

Tenderness approximately 1-2 days after treatment with possible bruising in area of treatment.

1.       Rest / pace physical activity levels.

2.       Hydrate: water, Powerade, Gatorade, coconut water and/or milk.

3.       Reduce timeframe of marks:

  • Traumacare or other homeopathic anti-inflammatory creams.
  • Neuro-proprioceptive tape
  • Ice
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Winnipeg, MB   Canada   R3L 2B9

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