How to: Scraping for Neck Tension

Ariana Purificati Fune

Neck tension, the dreaded and the inevitable. Whether you experienced an injury or are stuck staring at your computer all day, falling into the tech neck trap, pain in your neck can take a toll on your everyday life. We’ve all tried stretching to relieve tension but a comprehensive plan may be what we really need, starting with muscle scraping.  … Read More

How to Scrape for Golfer’s Elbow

Ariana Purificati Fune

With the season in full swing, many may be experiencing the dreaded “Golfer’s Elbow”. That nagging pain on the inside of your elbow can start to intrude when doing really any activities that eliminateur arm.  Muscle scraping is an effective way to get rid of that pain and get back on the course quickly. This article will guide you through … Read More

Essential Oil For Plantar Fasciitis: Does It Work?

Kaitlyn Feldvari

essential oils

Essential oils have long been touted to have dozens of benefits, from pain recovery to even helping heal depression. And while there has been some promising research over the years, some of the benefits have been exaggerated. The question remains, do essential oils help relieve plantar fasciitis pain? 

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Tools – What Are The Differences Between Them?

Janki Kotak

Sidekick IASTM Tools

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) tools vary in technique, shape, size, and material. Your Chiropractor will normally use an IASTM tool if you have limited motion, pain during motion, motor control issues, and muscle recruitment issues. Instruments are made up of different materials, have different shapes, and are used for a variety of reasons. Here is a list of different types instruments: … 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

The Evidence and Science Behind Gua Sha

Tracey Roizman

Sidekick Echo Neck

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

Gua Sha vs. Foam Roller – Which is better?

Tracey Roizman

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If you are an athlete you have probably experienced firsthand the pain and frustration that comes from being sidelined with an injury. We’ve all been there and know that there’s only so much you can accomplish with rest and Advil before you start looking for something drug-free that will get you back in the game. Two such techniques: gua sha … Read More

What Are Meridian Lines? And What Is Their Role in Gua Sha and Acupuncture?

Wayne Bloemhof

Many centuries ago Chinese philosophers and healers began to study the rich and complex natural phenomena of life. They carefully observed the environment around us, and also the human body. They noticed patterns in how nature’s energies flow, and also how all things are subject to universal laws. From these roots Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) grew into a comprehensive system, … 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