Gua Sha Therapy Can Be A Great Way To Alleviate Sciatic Pain

There are a couple of Chinese characters that make up the term Gua Sha: ‘Gua’ means ‘to rub’ or ‘to scrape’ and ‘Sha’, which refers to an elevated, reddish grain-like skin rash, which is also called ‘petechiae.’ Gua sha is a form of holistic Chinese medicine treatment designed to treat pain, blood stagnation, and cold conditions by advertently elevating a reddish skin rash through applied pressure using a handheld instrument and through continuous scraping movements.

The manual instrument used should have a curved surface and can come in the form of a coin, or ceramic soup spoon. Practitioners mostly utilize a polished horn of a water buffalo specifically designed for this purpose. The instrument is placed over the problematic parts of the body and skin that have been emolliated with massage oil and repeatedly scraped using strong pressure. Such pressure on the soft tissue elevates the ‘Sha,’ resulting in what seems to be a non-permanent bruising.

While this apparent bruising may at times be mistaken for a painful injury, it is actually totally painless. After two to three days, the “bruises” quickly fade and practitioners actually regard it as a very important part of the treatment. The practitioner also uses the physical appearance of the ‘Sha’ as a visual hint of the state of circulation in the part of the body where treatment has been administered. This diagnostic sign can serve as feedback prior to the commencement of treatments for conditions ranging from pain in the neck to the alleviation of sciatic pain.

The execution of gua sha therapy presupposes the practitioner’s knowledge of the way the body’s muscles move and connect with each other. A beginner can do very little with this technique without having adequate knowledge of the anatomy of the human body. But someone with a thorough understanding of human physiology and anatomy has all the required abilities needed to assess, resolve, and ameliorate bodily issues caused by stress, tension, and sickness.

Under the skilled hands of a qualified and experienced practitioner, gua sha therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of bodily ailments. And, while it is most often used the buttocks, back, neck, and shoulders it can also be used to improve immune system function and to eliminate the common cold and other such pathologies as well as toxins from the body. With gua sha therapy, sciatic pain can quickly be alleviated, with alleviation of the pain and numbness associated with the strong pressure on the sciatic nerve.

When combined with acupuncture treatment in Marlton, the red marks related to gua sha are commonly used to suggest the existence of vital energy or chi stagnation, bodily toxins, and lack of oxygen in the body. The acupuncturist, after administering gua sha therapy, should be able to easily read the diagnostic indicators and fashion out a type of acupuncture treatment to resolve the specific problems of the patient. This ascertaining and narrowing of the problem area can be a very useful diagnostic aid that can bring about a more focused treatment when using acupuncture for the management of stress or any other illness necessitating treatment.

Gua sha can be an effective way to deal with several conditions and ailments and is widely deemed to be a safe therapeutic modality. Having said that, Gua Sha should not be used:

• On patients with weak constitutions
• Immediately following surgery
• During pregnancy
• As treatment for skin diseases, open wounds, or varicose veins
• On patients taking warfarin or other anti-coagulant drugs
• On people with bleeding disorders

Aside from answering the question, “What is Gua Sha?,” the practitioner also needs to follow certain precautions that should be taken following a Gua Sha session.

Immediately after Gua Sha treatment, the patient should drink warm water and rest for a short while. He is also advised not to take a bath or a shower for an hour at least after treatment, and that a cold shower or bath should be avoided for 24 hours, at least. Moreover, following treatment, the patient needs to keep the site of treatment always protected from windy conditions, covered up, and constantly warm.

The Many Benefits of Cupping Therapy

For the last few decades the medical industry has turned over a new leaf. If given a choice, people will often gravitate to natural and alternative forms of treatment and shun invasive and allopathic therapies. Obviously, any person who wants to be assured of good health would rather seek safe and effective healing techniques than knowingly use drugs that come with harmful and even dangerous side effects.

One such safe and downright effective alternative healing modality is cupping therapy, which has recently caught a lot of attention due to the recently concluded Rio Olympics. This therapeutic procedure may be a relatively recently new concept in the United States but has actually been practiced for thousands of years in Asia and hundreds of years in some countries in Europe.

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is a holistic form of treatment involving the use of silicone, plastic or glass cups that are heated and applied by practitioners on the back, stomach, arms, legs and other muscular areas of a patient in order to cure ailments and illnesses.

There are four ways in how cupping therapy is administered.

1. Fire or Dry Cupping

In fire cupping, a cotton ball is soaked in alcohol or other flammable substance. Then the ball is set aflame and used to heat the cups. The cups may also be heated in hot water or oil.

Once the cups are hot enough, they are then immediately placed on the skin surface of the patient. The heat inside the cup causes a vacuum effect on the skin and muscles in the treatment area to pull into the cup which causes a small puff to develop in the treatment area. The practitioner leaves the cup in that position for a number minutes after which he or she removes them safely.

2. Moving Cupping

In this method, the cups are moved slowly and carefully over the various parts of the skin and then left in a stationary position. But prior to placing the cups on the skin, the practitioner may need to apply oil or cream on the patient’s skin first to lubricate the skin and facilitate the smooth movement of the cups over the area of treatment. The treatment site of the body becomes red due to the force of the suction and the widening of the blood vessels.

3. Wet cupping

Wet cupping is the third type of cupping and in this procedure the practitioner creates tiny incisions on the patient’s skin before placing the cups on the skin. The suctioning process is performed repeatedly in order to draw tiny amounts of blood to the cup.

4. Cupping and Acupuncture in Orlando

Acupuncture and cupping is the fourth type of cupping therapy and is the best in terms of results among the four types. This process involves the inserting of needles into selected acupoints before placing the cups to the acupoints.

Here are some of the benefits derived from cupping therapy:

• Relaxes tense and knotted muscles as well as the body as a whole
• Relieves inflammation
• Increases flow of blood which promotes healing
• Draws out toxins that have gathered in the tissues
• Bolsters performance by replenishing the flow of Chi or vital energy throughout the body
• Beefs up the immune system making the body more resilient to allergies, flu, and colds

Cupping Therapy to Relieve Pain

Widely acclaimed as a very useful treatment for a lot of illnesses, cupping therapy specifically works in the treatment of bodily pain. This is why a growing number of athletes use it on a regular basis. It works well for the following painful conditions.

• Among women, cupping therapy can be especially helpful in the treatment of severe menstrual cramping. It can be a safer but equally effective therapy than analgesics.

• It works perfectly for the relief of severe toothaches

• It alleviates pain associated with respiratory disorders

• Cupping therapy can be a long-term solution for people suffering from pain related to rheumatism and arthritis.

• Cupping therapy reduces the severity of joint and muscle pain helping you get relief from muscle injuries and stiffness as well as neck pain and back pain

• Cupping therapy can reduce the severity of tension headaches and migraines

Being a form of alternative therapy, Cupping can provide a lot to help improve the health and well-being of your body. It can help you lose weight, increase blood flow, relieve pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles as well as alleviate anxiety, and improve digestion. If combined with acupuncture, cupping therapy can be a very good form of treatment for several types of illnesses and pains.