Gua Sha Therapy
Gua Sha Therapy in New Paltz, NY: Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese treatment for pain. It is also used by Dr. Smaldone to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, fever, heatstroke, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains, and muscle spasms. If you are suffering from any of these ailments, consider a Gua Sha treatment.
How Does Gua Sha Therapy Work?
Gua Sha involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation to the body by utilizing a round-edged instrument to apply pressure to the skin. The treatment results in the appearance of small red petechiae that fade in 2-3 days. While the bruising that occurs as a result of this therapy can be startling to those not familiar with the treatment, it is quite normal and does not cause any harm to the body.
The pressure to the skin during Gua Sha Therapy promotes normal circulation and metabolic processes. Typically the therapy is applied across the back, neck, and shoulders, but on some occasions may be applied across the buttocks, limbs, chest, and abdomen. There is a great deal of research which shows that Gua Sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune-protective effect that persists for days following a single treatment. This accounts for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea, and vomiting.
On and off for years, since childhood, I have experienced sporadic episodes of extreme pain to my sternum (mostly likely due to poor posture caused by low self-esteem). Suffering a particular bout while at work recently, I desperately called his Kingston office only because it was in the neighborhood. What a blessing! Over the course of 45 years, I have been receiving chiropractic treatments from dozen of practitioners, and Dr. Smaldone stands out as one of the best. In a couple of treatments, not only did he relieve my immediate pain, but I feel completely healed from this age-old malady. While therapy and yoga helped correct my posture, Dr. Dave’s treatments got to the source. I am very grateful for his gifts and talents.