This treatment looks painful but it's so good for you! Gua Sha is a 4000 year old treatment that has been used by Chinese practitioners to treat colds and flus, muscle pain and joint pain.
Have you ever slept in the wrong position and your body feels "locked up" the next day? Have you ever tried being a weekend warrior and had to pay for all your muscle aches and pain afterwards? Or have you ever suffered a bad flu and feel like you couldn't move a muscle? If you have experienced any of these, then Gua Sha can help.
How does it work?
Gua Sha is also very similar to the Graston Technique where both treatments use a smooth edge tool to superficially scrape the skin. A deeper pressure of scraping is applied after the initial "warm up". Fibrotic scar tissues and inflammatory fluids are broken down and mobilized out of the affected area, hence leaving a more relaxed and pain free muscle group.
How much does it cost?
Gua Sha can be added to any acupuncture or cupping visit free of charge. For a full 30 minute session of Gua Sha, the cost is $65.
Does it hurt?
There may be some discomfort but the practitioner will always listen to your feedback and adjust the depth of scraping accordingly.
Why are there red marks on the skin?
The scraping of the skin breaks down scar tissue underneath and during this process many small capillaries are broken, hence the red marks. Also, the red marks are a sign of heat and inflammation being expelled, according to Chinese medicine. The red bruising marks will fade in a few days.
How often do I need to come for treatments?
It depends on your condition. Our practitioner will assess you and will recommend an individualized treatment program for you. Typically for chronic soft tissue injury we recommend coming once a week for 4 weeks, then once monthly for a few more months. For acute soft tissue injuries or general muscle pain, we recommend coming twice weekly for the first week, then follow-up with bi-monthly treatments until the problem is resolved. For treatment of flu myalgia, we recommend coming twice on the week of having the flu.
What is Gua Sha billed as and is it covered by my insurance?
It depends on which practitioner is providing the treatment. If our Naturopathic Doctor provides the treatment, then it will be billed as a "Naturopathic Visit" and if our Acupuncturist provides the treatment, then it will be billed as an "Acupuncture Visit". If you have extended health benefits through your employer for Naturopath or Acupuncture treatments, then this treatment will be covered.
Initial Acupuncture Visit with ND/Acupuncturist 1hr. $130
Follow-up Acupuncture Visit with Naturopath 45 min. $100
Follow-up Acupuncture Visit with Acupuncturist $90
Children's Needleless Acupuncture 30 min. $75
Traditional Chinese Microneedling 60 min. $160
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture 60 min. $140
Express Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture 45 min. $100
Cupping 45 min. $85
Cupping 30 min. $65
Facial Cupping 15 min. $50
Gua Sha 45 min. $85
Gua Sha 30 min. $65