What is Gua Sha?
IASTM stands for “Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation.” IASTM is based on a Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) technique called Gua Sha. Gua Sha is used to treat the whole system and stimulate the bodies natural healing faculties. Gua Sha can be used to helpful with strains and sprains, arthritic joints, chronically painful tissues, post operation areas containing scar tissue, myofascial dysfunction, hypertone muscle tissue, adhesions, restricted range of motion and many more.
This technique is accomplished by creating micro trauma which breaks down and adhesions and scar tissue. This can provide instant pain relief, help with inflammation, increase range of motion, and restore proper circulation to the area. This is not a cure all however and should be used in conjunction with other massage or physical therapy techniques.
How scar tissue affects the body
Scar tissue is the body’s way of healing injured tissue quickly by creating a multidirectional pattern of dense noncontractile tissue. This patch of scar tissue lead to pain, creaky sounds, sensitivity to touch, inflammation and a decreased range of motion.