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Chua-Ka Massage Therapy And The Benefits It Can Provide Your Health

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The Mongolian massage known as Chua-Ka is a form of body work that most closely resembles Tui Na massage. A deep tissue massage therapy, Chua-ka is used to release trapped tension and pain in the body whilst liberating the psyche of its corresponding preoccupations and fears. Hence, this ancient form of massage is useful for the relief of both physical and psychological problems.

According to the philosophy underlying Chua-ka, all people are born supple and smooth creatures. As we age, we accumulate memories of pain, build up metabolic waste products in our body, and lose the suppleness and smoothness (which can be spiritual, mental, and physical) we are born with. The mind and body form a single unit and everything that occurs in the body can be manifested in the mind and vice versa.

The objective of Chua-ka massage therapy is to eliminate the stored memories and deposits in the mind and body in order to promote an enhanced sense of awareness and good health. On your first visit with a Chua-ka therapist, you will be asked some questions regarding your medical history and lifestyle and dietary habits so that the therapist can be devise a plan of treatment that addresses your specific needs.

Certain thumb techniques are used during the session to manipulate and massage the deep tissue. Your skin may be also massaged using smooth and long strokes to help restore the original elasticity of your skin and stimulate your circulatory system. The massage is deep, yet gentle and fosters a general sense of well-being.

Towels are used for warmth and comfort. Chua-ka works for best for people seeking to improve their health and self-awareness.

Chua-ka can help treat the following conditions:

 Stress and related symptoms
 Cellulite
 Digestive disorders
 Headaches and migraines
 Insomnia
 PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
 Muscle pain
 Back pain

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

Written by Valerie

December 26th, 2017 at 6:39 am

Gua Sha Therapy To Relieve Both Chronic And Acute Pain

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An ancient Chinese healing technique, Gua sha is used by a lot of traditional Chinese medicine therapists. It is a procedure that involves the application of massage oil or any other lubricating medium on the site(s) of treatment and the use of a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin, usually on the back parallel to the spine or in the area of pain to relieve various types of ailments. This scraping movement produces ecchymosis (raised bruising) and/or petechiae (redness).

Gua sha is most commonly used for both chronic and acute pain. According to traditional Chinese medicine, pain is usually the result of blood stagnation in the area of discomfort. Practitioners of this therapy believe that Gua sha has the ability to promote the smooth flow of blood in the area boost the unfettered circulation of blood in the area and to eliminate stagnation which then leads to the relief of pain.

Gua sha is often indicated for the relief of pain; however, it is also sometimes used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to treat problems such as muscle spasms, sprains, strains, fibromyalgia, heatstroke, fever, flu, colds, bronchitis, and asthma.

Most experts believe that Gua sha works because it boosts microcirculation (blood flow) in the soft tissues, sets off the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving chemicals of the body, and obstruct the pathways of pain response. All these result in the relief of pain.

Gua sha is considered by some as a type of folk medicine; interestingly however, scientific research community has come to its defense! Harvard medicine researchers have revealed the effectiveness of the treatment and have provided insight as to how it works. The journal Pain Medicine in 2011 published a study showing how gua sha was able to reduce pain among chronic neck pain patients. They noted that “After a week the severity of the neck pain significantly improved better in the group treated with gua sha compared with the group treated with heat therapy (control group).”

Doppler images and other techniques were used by the researchers, to prove that microcirculation has indeed improved in the site of treatment, which then led to the reduction of both distal and local areas of pain. In animal studies, gua sha was shown to affect the Heme Oxygenase-enzyme which has an antioxidative effect in the cells in mice. One human study revealed that gua sha can lower inflammatory markers of a Hepatitis B patient with liver injury which suggests that the treatment may even have a beneficial effect on the liver.

For those who are interested in getting gua sha treatment, you need to look for an Orlando experienced and licensed acupuncturist in or near your area. During your initial consultation, your acupuncturist will first conduct an exhaustive assessment to make sure you are eligible for this form of treatment. You may find an acupuncturist near you by going online and visiting the website of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Written by Valerie

December 12th, 2017 at 6:57 am

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Some Important Details Regarding Gua Sha Therapy

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The Chinese medicine technique known as Gua Sha is derived from two Chinese characters, ‘Gua’ which means ‘to rub or ‘scrape’, and ‘Sha’, a term used to depict a ‘petechiae’ or ‘millet-like, raised, reddish, skin rash.’ Gua Sha is a therapeutic procedure in which a petechiae is applied pressure and scraped with a handheld instrument with a curved surface, like a coin or a soup spoon.

A majority of practitioners though, use the traditional tool of a smooth water buffalo horn that’s precisely designed for the therapy. The tool is placed on the problematic parts of the skin and body that have been made slippery with massage oil and with firm pressure scraped over and over. The force of the scraping elevates the soft tissue causing a ‘Sha,’ leaving on the skin what appear to be bruises.

People oftentimes mistake this bruising as a result of a painful injury, but it is actually totally painless. Within two or three days, the marks usually dissipate rapidly, and are actually considered an essential part of the treatment. The ‘Sha’ is important as it provides the practitioner with a visual sign of the state of blood circulation in the site of the treatment. This diagnostic sign can serve as feedback before treatment is initiated for conditions ranging from neck pain to sciatica.

The administration of Gua Sha therapy requires a certain understanding of how the body muscles move together and connect with each other. A practitioner won’t be able to do much for the patient without having an understanding of the anatomy of the human body. But if the practitioner is well versed in human physiology and anatomy and has been well-trained in the art of Gua Sha treatment, he will be able to diagnose and treat conditions and illnesses caused by stress, tension, and disease.

Under the hands of a skilled and experienced practitioner, Gua Sha therapy can be applied on a lot of bodily problems. The therapy is often administered on the neck, shoulders, buttocks, and back. It can be used to eliminate toxins from the body, treat common conditions such as colds, and boost the immune system. The therapy can quickly treat sciatic relieving the pain and numbness brought about by the pathological bearing of pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Some practitioners use Gua Sha alongside acupuncture treatment. The red marks produced by the technique are often used to denote conditions such as stagnation of chi or vital energy, lack of oxygen, and bodily toxins on those areas. After the acupuncturist performs Gua Sha treatment, he may be able to easily interpret the diagnostic signs and customize an acupuncture plan of treatment to treat the diagnosed problems. This determination and narrowing of the site of treatment can be a very helpful diagnostic aid, enabling the practitioner to have a more focused treatment when performing acupuncture for the management of stress or any other type of problem that needs to be addressed.

While Gua Sha is considered a safe healing technique and may be used as a treatment for various forms of conditions and ailments, it should not be used:

• On pregnant women
• On people with weak constitutions
• On people with bleeding disorders
• On skin diseases, open wounds, and varicose veins
• On patients taking anti-coagulant drugs like warfarin
• Immediately following surgery

Some Measures to Take Following a Gua Sha Procedure

After you have undergone a Gua Sha treatment, it’s important to drink some warm water and rest for a short while. You also should not take a bath or a shower for at least an hour after the treatment, and for at least 24 hours, you need to avoid taking a cold shower or bath. Also following treatment, you need to keep the treatment sites protected, warm, and covered up from cold and wind at all times.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

Written by Valerie

December 12th, 2017 at 6:32 am