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Gua sha is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization used to treat the
fascia which is a very thin tissue between the muscles and the skin. Treatment is
applied using a surgical stainless-steel tool. Often, this portion of the treatment
only lasts 1-2 minutes per area but can create substantial decreases in pain while
improving overall mobility.
Another type of TCM, our clinic uses pneumatic cups. This technological advance
allows for better control of the amount of stretch the cups apply to the skin and soft
tissues. Again, this technique is designed to separate the skin from the fascia
from the muscle to improve mobility of all three types of tissue.
Similar to acupuncture, this techniques uses microfine needles to stimulate trigger
points or areas of tightness within a muscle. This can cause relaxation of the
painful area while also stimulating blood flow to increase healing.
Manual therapy is an all encompassing term used to identify hands-on treatments by the
clinician. These may include:
A form of soft tissue mobilization used to lengthen tense muscles and connective tissues.
This gentle technique works with the body to restore normal tissue lengths while reducing pain.
This treatment consists of passive movements of joints to stretch the connective tissues
that may be contributing to stiffness and pain. These gentle techniques can improve
joint function by improving joint lubrication as well as stretching tight fibers.
Graston Technique consists of applying heat to warm the tissues prior to soft tissue
manipulation to decrease pain while improving overall movement and function. Patients
are then instructed on home exercises specific to their condition and to re-enforce the
clinical treatments for long-term relief of symptoms.
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This adjunct treatment utilizes strips of elastic cotton tape to change tissue
tension. Depending on how the tape is applied, it can decrease swelling,
decrease pain, decrease tightness or improve strength. It can be worn for 3-7