Modern Tools for the Rehabilitation Professional
Gua sha is a 2000 year old Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique. Gua sha is an effective and evidence based treatment for chronic soft tissue pain. Our unique products are ideal for gua sha and any instrument assisted soft tissue work. Available to clinicians and motivated individuals.
Made in the USA
An Evidenced Based Approach
Gua Sha; Clinical Applications for Chronic Soft Tissue Pain and Dysfunction is the companion treatment manual for our tools. This 100+ page manual provides a tutorial for beginners and advanced technique for the seasoned clinician. Essential for client education, several color photographs are included demonstrating the normal appearance of petechiae.
From a Western medical perspective learn how gua sha initiates healing. Learn the physiological concepts that explain how gua sha decreases pain and restores homeostasis in chronically affected soft tissues.
Learn theory and effective treatment protocols for tendonosis, stubborn pain following trauma and surgery, scar mobilization and more.
Learn the methodology for selecting cases appropriate for gua sha. Obtain consistent and repeatable results. Apply gua sha safely by learning contraindications.
Add a valuable skill set to your manual therapy repertoire and successfully integrate gua sha into your practice.
How does it work?
Gua sha leverages the body's ability to maintain circulation to soft tissue when pressure induced ischemia occurs. Pressure stimulates mast cells to release histamine which in turn dilates capillaries. This influx of oxygenated blood restores normal pH. Nerves sensitive to acidity become less irritable and an immediate decrease in pain occurs. Lastly, petechiae attract macrophages to the affected tissues. Combined with improved circulation and normalization of pH, homeostasis is restored and normal cell production and gradual healing proceeds.
Scrape, Stretch, Go!
Athletes and clinicians use our products to maintain peak performance by addressing soft tissue problems before they become serious and to facilitate return to sport following injury and surgery.
The growing number of professional organizations that use our products include the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Golden State Warriors, Kansas City Royals, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins. GSO Tools are also used by members of the Professional Golfer's Association.
About Our Company
Guashatools.com was established in 2005 by Matthew Lott. His degrees include a BA in Biology from Hiram College and a combined MS and BS in Occupational Therapy from D'Youville College. Matt is a practicing occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. Over twenty years of clinical experience, current research and a running habit provide the foundation for the treatment manual Gua Sha; Clinical Applications for Chronic Soft Tissue Pain and Dysfunction.