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Gua Sha Therapy in Newport News, VA: Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese treatment for pain. It is also used by Dr. Michael Cook, DC to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, fever, heatstroke, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains, and muscle spasms. If you are suffering from any of these ailments, consider a Gua Sha treatment.
How Does Gua Sha Therapy Work?
Gua Sha involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation to the body by utilizing a round-edged instrument to apply pressure to the skin. The treatment results in the appearance of small red petechiae that fade in 2-3 days. While the bruising that occurs as a result of this therapy can be startling to those not familiar with the treatment, it is quite normal and does not cause any harm to the body.
As part of the Gua Sha process, Newport News acupuncturist Dr. Michael Cook scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue to increase blood flow. He makes these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. Dr. Cook applies massage oil to your skin and 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 Promotes Normal Circulation and Metabolic Processes
The pressure to the skin during Gua Sha therapy promotes normal circulation and metabolic processes. The therapy is typically applied across the back, neck, and shoulders. On some occasions, it may be applied across the buttocks, limbs, chest, and abdomen. There is a great deal of research which shows that Gua Sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune-protective effect that persists for days following a single treatment. This accounts for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, coughing, wheezing, nausea, and vomiting.