Guasha - Graston - IASTM
Guasha aka IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) is used in addition to acupuncture to resolve pain and tightness in the body. The first written records of Guasha are 700 years old although the modality could be much older. Virtually the same as Guasha, IASTM was also developed by western medical professionals through years of detailed research. The use of these tools and their effectiveness has been scientifically validated repeatedly.
IASTM and Guasha begin with lotion applied to the skin. This reduces the friction between the tool and the skin which allows precision, sensitivity and depth that cannot be accomplished with the hands. Guasha and IASTM tools make it easier to detect and treat fascial dysfunction. The tools magnify the abnormalities (scars, restrictions and adhesions) in the fascia and make it easier to locate the area to treat. The use of Guasha and IASTM tools focuses the force through an area smaller then your finger with less friction. The goal of the treatment is to trigger the inflammatory response which stimulates healing and remodelling of an injured area. A course of treatments convert fibrotic tissues into a healthier, more functional, and less painful environment.
Graston Technique is often used synonymously with IASTM and Guasha. Graston Technique is a licensed and trademarked version of IASTM and Guasha.
The Benefits of IASTM and Guasha are decreased overall time of treatment, faster rehabilitation and recovery times, reduced need for anti-inflammatory medication, and resolution of chronic conditions thought to be permanent. Clients can continue to engage in everyday activities while being treated with Guasha and IASTM.
Common Issues Treated with Guasha and IASTM are cervical sprain and strain (neck pain), lumbar sprain and strain (back pain), carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist pain), plantar fasciitis (foot pain), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), rotator cuff tendinitis (shoulder pain), patello-femoral disorders (knee pain), achilles tendinitis (ankle pain), scar tissue, trigger finger, and shin splints.