Gua Sha vs. Cupping – Which one is better?

Nicole Clark

Is Old the New “New?” An estimated 4.5 million Americans visit the emergency room or doctor’s office because of an adverse reaction to medication, and an additional 2 million individuals already hospitalized experience an adverse drug response. This statistic resonates with many people, therefore in Western society there is a movement away from medications and invasive procedures to relieve pain … Read More

IASTM/Graston Vs. Deep Tissue Massage – How are they different?

Nicole Clark

As a Chiropractor, I’ve known about the Graston technique for a long time, but over the last few years, other similar treatments and tools have started becoming popular. These include Gua Sha, Hawk Grips, the Echo Muscle Reliever etc. Whether we are referring to Graston, Gua Sha or any similar tool, these all fall under the IASTM umbrella and therefore … Read More

Gua Sha vs. Graston – What is the difference?

Janki Kotak

There are a variety of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Techniques in the world of rehabilitation and musculoskeletal care. The two very popular and different techniques are Gua Sha and Graston. The main idea for both these techniques is to heal the body by intentionally producing micro-traumas in specific regions to bring heat to the area. Although both tools are addressing … Read More

What is Gua Sha Therapy and how does it work?

Tracey Roizman

What is Gua Sha and it’s History The first written records of gua sha date back 700 years, to the era of the Ming Dynasty, though,  the practice is thought to be much older than that, perhaps having been discovered in prehistoric times as the simple reflex of rubbing a painful area to make the pain go away. The term … Read More

Does Gua Sha help reduce wrinkles?

Wayne Bloemhof

Gua sha has remained popular in the East over many centuries – and for very good reasons. Besides the benefits to the body, which include relieving congestion, reducing pain, and getting rid of toxins, the technique is also often used as a “natural face-lift.” Since ancient times Asian women have used it to effectively fight the signs of ageing. Dr. … Read More

Does Gua Sha Hurt and Is It Dangerous?

Wayne Bloemhof

Gua sha is a traditional healing technique that originated in the Far East. It has a long history, and it is still very popular in Asia, where millions of ordinary people use it to relieve congestion and muscle pain, but it is still not very well-known in the West. Because people don’t know much about it, there are a lot … Read More