Acupuncture Explained

Sarah Hayes L Ac takes time to briefly speak about how acupuncture works and explains how it affects blood flow, muscles, and your nervous system.

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Acupuncture Northwest is an acupuncture clinic based in Portland, Oregon. Specializing in treatment for: sports injury, motor vehicle accidents claims, workers compensation claims, infertility, pain management, herbal consultation, and whole food nutrition consultation.

Distal Needle Acupuncture

Distal Needle Acupuncture is a style of acupuncture commonly used and highly effective at treating pain.  With this particular style, we place needles in areas that are not where the pain is localized, but rather in a location away from the problem area. The easiest image to understand is when a patient has knee pain we will place needles in the opposite elbow. When we treat pain in the foot we will needle the opposite hand. With this type of needling, the pain usually goes away instantly on the table. It is very rewarding to treat a patient who has been dealing with chronic pain, headaches, migraines, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, you name it and get their pain to “magically” disappear. Of course, one acupuncture treatment is not a permanent fix, it typically takes weeks of treatment to resolve a pain condition permanently, but, we know if we can get the pain to go away on the table, we will very likely be able to get the patient back to 100% or close, with 6-12 plus acupuncture sessions.  

This system was first created by the famous Dr. Richard Tan. I had the privilege of learning from him when he was still alive, his system was a gift to our profession. When properly utilized the results are incredible. He would call his work a magic show because Distal Needle Acupuncture works so well and completely blows patients away, with immediate relief and results. At Acupuncture Northwest we are in the business of fixing people. Our tools, the needles, work so well, coupled with great strategy, means people get results they never thought were possible. We get to look people in the eye all day long and tell them with complete confidence, I can fix you, I know what’s wrong with you, and I know what your body needs. We work incredibly hard for our patients to deliver great results and are also willing to let people know if they are not progressing as we thought they would to help them find them someone who might be able to better serve them, with a different modality. As always if you have any questions, or want a quick consult about your health condition and how we can help, feel free to call.

Trigger Point Acupuncture

There are many different styles of acupuncture. Here in our clinic, we make a point to practice a variety of the different styles because not every method works for each patient. One style is called Trigger Point Acupuncture. This is where we actually get into the neural epicenter of the muscle and get it to let go. Often a muscle is tight and turned off or contracted. This can be due to overuse, injury, or general muscle imbalance. Getting into the muscle and getting it to let go with a hair thin needle, and a very slight and subtle movement, is extremely effective at treating pain and tension in tight muscles.

Trigger Point Acupuncture is really just encouraging the muscles to go from a state of being contracted, to relaxed. As we are treating a patient, we actually witness the muscle fisculate, or jump as it relaxes. When this happens, patients do not report pain, they just say that it feels weird. It is a strange sensation to have your muscles move involuntarily, but this is where the magic happens. Trigger Point Acupuncture provides incredible relief for patients who are experiencing low back pain, hip pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, knee pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and so many more syndromes. If you have questions about your pain or health, feel free to call us for a quick consult, we would be happy to speak with you honestly about your health condition and if we think we can help.

Anxiety & Depression

If you are like many people – you are experiencing bouts of anxiety and depression. It is all too common, as we continue to lead more full lives, try to be everywhere, do everything and rarely with a break. Anxiety and depression rank as one of the top three chief complaints on our new patient intake forms… I always say that everyone walks around like everything is fine, and yet no one is truly fine… Life has reached a level of intensity that is causing nearly everyone to have an unhealthy level of anxiety.

The good news is, acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat anxiety and depression with great success. Chinese medical diagnosis is highly effective at identifying the root of the problem for each individual. We can create a treatment plan using one or more of the following modalities; acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, lifestyle changes, nutrition, vitamins, and minerals. It does take time to change long-term patterns or habits, but with consistent treatment and a strong commitment to our treatment plans, our patients consistently report marked improvements in their mental health. We know how to make people happier. If you are suffering, call us for a brief consultation.