Do you constantly suffer from chronic muscle pain, fatigue, physical or emotional stress, or knots that won’t go away? Has the pain significantly increased since you have had children, especially when holding them on your hip? Have you tried every form of treatment that you could think of, but nothing seems to help? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you would greatly benefit from Gua Sha muscle treatments administered by Dr. Jerrilynn Primeaux at Advanced Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic.
Gua Sha is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. Scar tissue, commonly referred to as “knots”, limits range of motion and may cause pain. It may develop in muscles due to chronic stress to the area, poor posture, overuse, car accidents, or sports injuries.
Most of the back is comprised of muscles, ligaments and tendons, and injuries to these soft tissues play a significant role in the pain and dysfunction associated with back problems. While it may not sound like a serious injury, a simple muscle strain or torn ligament can cause excruciating pain and difficulty with movement. When an injury within the soft tissue occurs, the tissue repairs itself in a haphazard pattern, forming scar tissue. While scar tissue itself may not always be painful, it does tend to limit range of motion, and the ongoing stiffness may contribute to back pain or neck pain on an ongoing basis.
The goal of the therapy is to separate and break down the scar tissue, as well as stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers. The technique uses instruments with a specialized form of massage that is designed to help the practitioner identify areas of restriction and break up the scar tissue. Common conditions treated include neck pain, back pain, headaches, chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, Achilles tendinitis, golfer’s elbow, and tennis elbow, just to name a few.
The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous. The patient usually experiences immediate changes in stiffness, pain, and mobility. In addition to Chiropractic treatments, Gua Sha is a treatment that is covered by most insurance plans. To experience the wonderful benefits of Gua Sha, please call Dr. Jerrilynn Primeaux at 337-504-4378 to schedule an appointment.