Gua Sha as a traditional East Asian healing technique to restore the flow of blood and qi to the body. A smooth edged instrument is used to make pressing strokes along tight or tense areas. It is a very effective treatment for releasing stubborn knots, or stagnation, in the muscles, as well as more general stiffness and pain.

Gua Sha can have an immediate effect on acute conditions such as cough and fever.  It can also be used as a long-term restorative treatment for chronic conditions and as a diagnostic tool to better understand a patient’s health.

Gua sha can relieve pain and stimulate the immune system and is used for a variety of conditions including:

  • Musculo-skeletal pain: neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow etc…

  • Respiratory conditions: cough, colds, flu and fever

  • Inflammatory conditions: arthritis,

  • Stress, insomnia and fatigue
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Gua Sha – How It Can Help With Musculoskeletal Pain

Gua sha can be used to help provide relief from musculoskeletal pain, stiff muscles and injuries.

Studies have shown that gua sha can be successful in relieving musculoskeletal pain. For example, a recent study found that gua sha can increase the range of movement and decrease pain.

This treatment is particularly beneficial for people who suffer with stiff necks, shoulder pain and back pain. Gua sha is also able to reach smaller and larger joints which aren’t easily accessible.


Gua sha can help relieve musculoskeletal pain by:


  • Increasing joint mobility
  • Reducing pain and inflammation
  • Using friction to break up adhesions in the tissues and release blockages which might be causing pain
  • Increasing blood circulation within the tissues
  • Releasing the body’s natural pain fighting systems and blocking the pain pathways
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Nadine has been brilliant helping me with a shoulder problem I’ve had for several months. A combination of Gua Sha massage and acupuncture have helped sort out the problem – enabling me to keep working with no pain – I’d highly recommend Nadine for either or both of these treatments.” Steve Th.