About Scraping

Also one of the more emerging techniques in rehabilitation and performance, scraping has its origins in Gua Sha, a traditional Chinese medicine technique.

Scraping acts to increase blood flow to an area by utilizing a tool or “blade” that is a blunt edge to apply the force application/treatment to the skin and underlying structures (muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.). We also notice improvements in scar tissue mobilization due to the tensile forces created on the skin.

Increasing skin mobility is incredibly important as our body relies on the sensation from our skin all movements of the joints and muscles. This sensation allows our brain to interpret and understand how the body is moving.

This is called the “brain-body map” and it is affected by pain, tension in the fascial system (tissue under the skin which links the body together structurally to bone, ligaments, muscle, skin, etc.)

Increases in blood flow is one of the primary benefits but of notable mention are the increase in fibroblasts (cells that start the healing process, communicate to near by local cells, and lay down new collagen), reduce apotosis (cellular death), and lowering levels of heme oxygenase (an enzyme which increases damage to cells/tissues).

Without addressing these potential problems in the tissue, the cascade of events that ensues after could lead to excessive scar formation of an injured area solidifying the brains avoidance of certain activity and anchoring painful patterns.

At Executive PT, we utilize scraping regularly with clients both from the rehabilitative standpoint above and occasionally for recovery post workout because…it just feels good.

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