How To Prevent and Recover From Shin Splints

Brent Wells

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Recovery for any injury to the body feels different for everyone and varies depending on the injury. There is always a process for the body to undertake when healing.  Some processes of healing don’t take as long, while some cases of healing may take anywhere up to months at a time. We should be sure to never rush it.  Some … Read More

Muscle Scraping: Can It Improve Muscle Performance?

David J. Sautter

In the constant quest for better muscle performance, athletes and gym goers are now turning towards a technique called muscle scraping. A direct manipulation of muscle tissue to improve blood flow and alleviate adhesions or knots, muscle scraping has been used for thousands of years, but only now is science revealing its potential benefits. Let’s take a look at what … Read More

Heated Vibration vs. Scraping

Alissa Taylor

How to know which type of recovery tools are best for you. We highlight the advantages of heated vibration vs. scraping tools.

The Evidence and Science Behind Gua Sha

Tracey Roizman

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Centered around a mysterious, invisible set of energy pathways and with techniques that baffle the Western mind, traditional Chinese medicine can seem esoteric, to say the least. In that regard, gua sha, the therapeutic method of scraping the skin to alleviate pain and improve health certainly doesn’t disappoint. An ancient and maybe one of the earliest known medical practices, gua … Read More

Does Gua Sha Help Weightlifters and Bodybuilders?

Wayne Bloemhof

Weight training comes with a fair share of risk, and there is always a possibility of straining or tearing muscles, or developing painful tendonitis or a slap tear. Anyone who spends a lot of time in the gym will know how back, shoulder or neck pain can severely limit your workout routine.  While applying ice to the painful area, getting … Read More

What is IASTM and what are the benefits?

Nicole Clark

“Just a minute while I go get my scraper…” my colleague said to his patient. I thought about what might be going through his patient’s mind. What is a scraper? Will I have any skin left when he is done? Is it really as bad as it sounds? My colleague was referring to a small plastic device that was triangular … Read More