Ashley Graham Shows Bruises On Her Back — How Did She Get Them?

Jill O'Rourke
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Model Ashley Graham caused some concern on Instagram this week when she posted a series of photos from her life, one of which showed her back covered in bruises.


Ashley didn’t explain the context of the photos in her caption, so some commenters wondered what caused the marks. Several other comments give us an idea of what it might be.

Ashley Graham Posts Bruises On Instagram

On Tuesday, Ashley posted a series of photos on Instagram, captioning it, “hello it’s me and me and me and me and me and me and me.” The pictures show her posing in some stylish clothes, drinking from a bottle in a mirror selfie, and celebrating her son’s first birthday.

However, one photo in particular caught people’s attention. In the shot, Ashley’s back is to the camera, and red bruises can be seen on her upper back. She’s sitting on what looks like a massage table, and smiling into the mirror on the other side of the room.


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Several commenters were confused or concerned by the photo, and asked what happened. An account called @alchemy_wellness said it was from gua sha, “used to treat a variety of ailments – but mostly used today in the West as a myofascial release technique.”

According to Cosmopolitan, the red marks caused by the treatment are from blood that has previously pooled. Massage therapist Hitesh Patel told the outlet that people with poor circulation have the most redness.


What Did Other People Say?

Other commenters mentioned procedures similar to gua sha, but which go by different names. One user said it was called “kerokan” in Indonesia, and someone else referred to it as “coining.”

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Another commenter, who is apparently a massage therapist, speculated that Ashley’s marks were from the Graston technique. However, Graston in particular involves stainless steel instruments.

Ashley has also undergone acupuncture treatments in the past. She shared that she had the process done on her back to try to induce labor when she was pregnant. She’s also had acupuncture done on her face, along with facial gua sha.

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