Examination of the effects of Gua Sha massage on myofascial trigger points

Krstev, Toshe and Stratorska, Tamara and Panova, Gordana (2019) Examination of the effects of Gua Sha massage on myofascial trigger points. Knowledge - International Journal, Scientific Papers. ISSN 2545-4439

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Introduction:the majority of the population has myofascial triggers. Currently the treatment of this condition involves the use of medications, massage, physiotherapy as well as the use of orthopedic aids such as orthoses, belts and the like. Myofascial triggers are maximal painful, irritated bundles of skeletal muscle associated with very sensitive nodes. Pressure nodes are painful, and in a more advanced form they can emit pain without pressure or irritation. GuaSha is a massage technique from traditional Chinese medicine. When this technique is used a tool like a small plate with which the friction – scrapingon the skin of the body. Oil is used as a contact medium to reduce skin irritation and discomfort. The purpose of this study is to test the effect of a GuaSha massage technique on the treatment of active myofascial triggers in m. Trapezius. The materials and methods:he research was conducted in the period March - June 2019 on the premises of the Goce Delcev University Recreation Center - Stip. Results:the sample consisted of 24 patients with active triglyceride points in m. trapezius. Patients were grouped at random without knowing which group they belonged to. Before treatment, they were introduced to the method of treatment, the therapeutic as well as the side effects that may occur as a result of the massage. The patients were divided into two groups. Discussion:patients from both groups underwent a 10-day course of therapy during which they had 4 GuaSha massage procedures. Group A (control) (n = 12), where we applied the whole surface treatment to m. trapezius. No direct touching of the trigger points. Group B (Experimental), (n = 12), applied GuaSha treatment directly to the triggers only. To assess the effects of therapy before and after each treatment, we performed subjective pain sensation measurements using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) as well as measuring local pain in triglyceride points using an algometer. We used an Algometer from the manufacturer Baseline with a contact area of 1cm 2. All 24 participants completed the survey. In Group A, after the first treatment, 12 subjects reported lower levels of pain after YOU. Eight of them experienced an increase in pain threshold during algometry testing, and four experienced a decrease in pain threshold. And in Group B all subjects completed the treatment completely. At the end of the first treatment, 7 subjects reported a decrease in pain, two increased and three remained the same. Regarding algometry, 11 saw an increase in pressure, and one respondent remained the same. Conclusion:this small study confirms the growing trend in studies of the effects of GuaSha massage that confirm its ability to reduce pain in active triggers. The results also show that the amount of pressure needed to get pain increased after treatment. This study suggests that the GuaSha technique may be a valid method of reducing pain in triggers, requiring continuous studies of a larger nature to further explore the clinical and economic implications of the technique in the overall healthcare system. Keywords: triggerpoints, Gua Sha, myofascia

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Medical and Health Sciences > Other medical sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Tose Krstev
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 13:32
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 13:32
URI: https://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/23720

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