The snow has stopped, the winds are quieting, the sun was even shining for a bit…and at least on my street, people have begun the long and arduous process of shoveling out their cars, their sidewalks, their front steps. Having just finished 5 hours of shoveling our rather long driveway, I am definitely feeling the aches and pains from the exertion! Good news is, acupuncture can help!
Gwa sha, which literally translates as “Scraping Sand” refers to scraping the skin with a rounded surface to create transient (temporary) therapeutic petechiae (red marks). Clinically, the most common device used to perform gwa sha treatments is a specialized spoon that looks like a Chinese soup spoon. The acupuncturist scrapes along certain channels on the skin with the edge of the spoon – if the treatment is indicated, tiny small raised red dots appear along the affected area of the skin. The treatment draws out metabolic waste and toxins that are congesting the area, leading to more normal circulation of blood and nutrients in the body.