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Checking the Spine

Spinal Method 1: Scraping the Third Section of the Back of the Middle Finger

Apply gua sha oil on the third section of the back of the middle finger, the cervical vertebrae zone, before scraping. A smooth sensation under the gua sha tool during scraping suggests a normal condition. Pain, roughness or sandĀ­sized masses and nodules under the tool suggest sub-health states or pathology of the cervical vertebrae.

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Spinal Method 2: Scraping the Vertex- Occiput Band

A smooth sensation under the gua sha tool suggests a normal condition, while pain or positive reactions such as nodules suggest sub-health or pathologic states in the corresponding body parts.

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Spinal Method 3: Scraping the Spine Zone on the Back of the Hand

Apply gua sha oil oil the back of t he third metacarpal bone, the spine zone, before scraping. Smooth sensations under the gua sha tool suggest a normal condition, while pain, roughness or sand-sized nodules under the tool, or the appearance o fsha suggest sub- health or pathologic states in the corresponding vertebrae.

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Spinal Method 4: Scraping the Spine

Apply gua sha oil on the spine, then use the gua sha tool to first scrape the posterior midline, i.e. over the vertebral column, then the Jiaji points, and muscles of the back and waist.

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Sha on the posterior midline that is not in a straight line, rough or non-symmetrical sensations felt under the comers of the gua sha tool, abnormal protuberances, muscle tightness, spasms or nodules felt under the gua sha tool; or sha that appears in a curve or at varying distances from the midline suggest disorders of the muscles and ligaments that hold the spine in place, and instability of the vertebrae. These can lead to pain or strain of neck, shoulder, back and waist.

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Spinal Method 5: Scraping the Spine Zone on the Foot

Apply gua sha oil on the arch of the foot, then scrape the medial foot from the back of the big toe to the heel, which is the holographic spine zone. Smooth and even sensations are felt under the gua sha tool, suggest a normal condition, while the appearance of sha, nodules or pain indicate sub-health or pathologic states in the corresponding body parts.

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Gua sha Basics

What techniques help ensure an accurate diagnosis?

Deep, even pressure with slow strokes should be used to reach the deep muscle layers. When scraping the backs of fingers, such as the second and third metacarpal bones, press down hard so the force penetrates deep into the bones. As you gain experience, you will notice the different sensations felt under the gua sha tool