Our muscles work tirelessly throughout the day, allowing our bodies to move when and where we want them to. Because they are constantly active, muscles can become sore, inflamed and painful. There are many conditions that can contribute to muscle soreness, such as myofascial pain syndrome, dystonia and even certain illnesses, such as influenza. Scraping is an ancient technique that dates back hundreds of years, as early at 1300 CE during the Ming Dynasty. It has stood the test of time for its ability to relieve muscle soreness, tightness and discomfort.
What is scraping therapy?
Also known as gua sha, scraping therapy is a procedure that is administered through the use of scraping tools against the area of dysfunction in the muscle. The tools used for scraping therapy vary in shape and size and are used on different areas of the body. Scraping therapy can help individuals break the restrictions of their muscles. During this therapy, the therapist reduces muscle restrictions by moving a scraping tool back and forth. Patients who experience scar tissue, fascia restrictions, strained muscles, or any other muscle-related problems can greatly benefit from scraping therapy.
What does scraping do for muscles?
Muscle scraping promotes better blood flow and nutrient uptake, which has the potential to support faster healing and recovery times. Muscle scraping can remove painful muscle adhesions. It has also been shown to improve mobility and range of motion, which is essential during physical therapy.
Does scraping therapy work?
According to a study published in 2012, The Effects of Scraping Therapy on Local Temperature and Blood Perfusion Volume in Healthy Subjects, scraping can significantly improve the volume of blood flow and increase the temperature in the scraping area, which promotes the local blood circulation and energy metabolism.
What are the benefits of scraping therapy?
There are many benefits that scraping therapy provides, including:
- Reduces Chronic Liver Inflammation — Scraping therapy helps to relieve the symptoms of Hepatitis B, which causes liver damage, liver inflammation, and liver scarring. With its ability to reduce liver inflammation, it also decreases the likelihood of liver damage.
- Reduces Breast Engorgement — Breast engorgement occurs in breastfeeding women, during which time women often report pain in their breasts. This is due to them being overfull and also makes it difficult for babies to latch. Scraping therapy helps to reduce breast fullness and discomfort, which eventually makes it easier for women to breastfeed.
- Reduces Neck Pain — Scraping therapy has been proven to be an effective treatment for neck pain. In a recent study, it has been noted that scraping therapy more effectively reduces neck pain when compared to the application of a thermal heating pad used to treat the same condition.
- Helps to Reduce Swelling — For people experiencing swelling in any part of their body, scraping therapy will help to improve circulation and reduce it effectively and efficiently.
If you are experiencing neck pain, inflammation or swelling, come to TRUE Health Medical for our scraping therapy! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced providers of scraping therapy and can help you alleviate your pain and discomfort. We have two Gilbert, AZ locations to better serve you: one in Val Vista and one in Baseline. Val Vista residents can call (480) 933-7164 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 4828 S Val Vista Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85298. Baseline residents can call (480) 933-7036 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic located at 3303 E Baseline Rd #204, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Both of our clinics are open four days a week: Monday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, and are closed daily from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. We serve patients from Gilbert AZ, Chandler AZ, Queen Creek AZ, Sun Lakes AZ, Mesa AZ, Sacaton AZ, and Apache Junction AZ. Looking forward to serve you!