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No one likes living with pain, and for many the first thought that comes to mind when they are dealing with repeated painful conditions is to reach for pain medications. But the effectiveness of pain medications can be inconsistent and produce various side effects which can often be as much or more of a burden than the pain killer itself. This is why more people are turning to natural pain treatments from a chiropractic clinic in Portland OR, such as acupuncture for pain relief.
At your first visit, we will ask about many of your lifestyle choices such as your level of fitness, how you eat, and what you do for work. We want you to have a great experience with integrative therapies, and we work as a team to create a treatment plan that will give you what you need to reach your wellness goals. Your chiropractor and acupuncturist will discuss your needs and work closely together during your course of treatment.
Once your wellness goals are established, your acupuncturist will decide on the right course of treatment for you. You may need a number of sessions over time, and your acupuncturist will let you know if there are any exercises or lifestyle changes you can make to enhance your treatment.
Acupuncture can treat a variety of chronic and acute problems, and it is an excellent complementary therapy to chiropractic treatment because no medications are involved. Many patients seek acupuncture for back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and even anxiety or depression. It's a reliable therapy, and one that has been around for centuries. Very small needles, the width of a human hair, are used during treatment. It's important to know that the needles are single-use, and come in sterile packages.
The needles are placed along the surface of your skin, and placement does not hurt. Acupuncture is both safe and gentle, a therapy that can be used for patients of all ages. The needles remain for roughly 30 minutes, while you rest and let the acupuncture treatment work.
Acupuncture treatment is much like chiropractic treatment, as our Portland acupuncture treatment improves overall health and the communication between your nerves, brain and your entire body. Acupuncture assists the body by improving your overall circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. The goal is to establish balance within your body, giving your body the tools it needs to send messages throughout.
Acupuncture and chiropractic care together can help many health problems, including sciatic pain, headaches, problems with menstruation, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neck and back pain, and injuries from sports. When you receive regular treatments from our chiropractor, this will enhance your overall response to acupuncture and other wellness therapies.
There is more to getting acupuncture in than getting stuck with needles. Acupuncture is a Chinese wellness method that goes back more than two thousand years. In addition to alleviating pain, acupuncture has also been used as a way to diagnose and treat disease, as well as prevent them by balancing the body's energy levels. It has been known to help with a variety of conditions, from anxiety and depression, to migraines, digestive disorders, arthritis pain, and fatigue just to name a few.
Because acupuncture treatments are designed to restore overall balance to the body, some of the questions our acupuncturist in Portland may ask can seem odd to some patients. She may ask about diet, digestive habits or even ask to see your tongue in an effort to determine energy flow. Getting a thorough picture during the consultation will help her determine the proper placement of the acupuncture needles, which are typically in place for 5-20 minutes. With less severe cases pain management can often be achieved with just a few sessions, while those who suffer from chronic conditions may need to visit more frequently to help manage stress and energy levels or to achieve a higher level of immunity.
At Laurelhurst Chiropractic in Portland, OR we provide a variety of natural pain treatments that help with a variety of ailments, including acupuncture treatments provided by our acupuncturist in Portland, Jen Bookout. While acupuncture for pain relief is effective in many situations, it can be helpful to seek out treatment at a chiropractic clinic because it will widen your options beyond what you might find with another acupuncturist in Portland. If desired, you can also be assessed by one of the chiropractors at Laurelhurst Chiropractic who may be able to match you with a wider range of potentially effective natural pain treatments including
Overall, people who receive acupuncture treatments have a lower instance of side effects than many other forms of pain and disease management methods, The most common is slight pain, bruising or bleeding near the insertion site, Those who take blood thinners should be cautious about undergoing acupuncture treatments. At Laurelhurst Chiropractic, our acupuncturist, Jen Bookout can answer any questions about her methods, and help you decide whether acupuncture or other natural pain treatments might work for you. Contact us at 503-234-4288 to schedule an assessment.
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