Gua-Sha & Graston
Gua-Sha used to release muscle tension, tightness and constriction of blood. A specialized tool is used that is gently rubbed over the problem area at the surface of the skin. The skin will turn a deep red or purple known as Petechiae, depending on the injury. Practitioners believe that the technique releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. The petechiae can persists for days following a single Gua-sha treatment and can even become bruised, but it accounts for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc, and why Gua-sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.
Graston Technique uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to deliver an effective means of manual therapy of soft tissue. It breaks up fascial restrictions, scar tissue adhesions, and areas of inflammation and/or fibrosis. It has been known to help conditions such and cervical sprain/strain, tennis and golfer's elbow, lumbar sprain/strain, rotator cuff tendinosis and Achilles tendinosis.
Don't let the redness in the picture scare you. When blended with soft tissue/massage treatments, these techniques can be painless and to some even feel good. I use both stainless steel and hand carved wooden tools (which tend to feel more earthy). If any discomfort occurs the treatment is stopped, but most people like it and are happy with the results.