Q&A Series 2

This week for our question and answer session we sat down with our practitioner Rebecca Ladizhensky. We love answering all of your questions and we especially love when you submit special topic requests! This week one our patients asked us to talk about mental health. So many people struggle with mental health conditions. But treatment for mental health in the world of Western medicine often comes in the form of prescriptions. What if you want other options? Can acupuncture fill in the gaps?

Rebecca is one our practitioners that is familiar seeing patients with a wide range of emotional conditions. In this weeks Q&A she talks about how acupuncture can help patients cope with daily stressors, overcome extreme anxiety, and find long term relief. Mental health does not need to be something that you figure out how to cope with, or simply live with day to day. There are alternative options that exist and acupuncture is one of them.

Contact our front office today at 503-493-9389 to set up an appointment to speak with one of our practitioners. Also please keep submitting your amazing questions and feedback, we love our active community!

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.

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.