Our bodies have the capacity to heal themselves and sometimes all it takes for healing is a little nudge. Through careful attention, counseling, and examination, our providers determine the root cause of disease and incorporate naturally-based modalities to energize and restore the body's innate capacity for health.
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Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used as general care for most conditions from colic to cancer.
We offer a variety of acupuncture services including pediatric, cosmetic, and new patient options.
Western Biomedical Perspective
The needles create tiny micro-traumas which stimulate a healing response. This healing response is expressed by increased circulation, increased endorphins, relaxed muscles, and reduced stress.
Eastern Biomedical Perspective
Pain and dysfunction in the body are caused by a blockage in the flow of Qi (oxygen, function, metabolism) and blood in the body, as well as poor communication between organ systems.
Cupping & Gua Sha
Cupping is similar to a massage in sensation as well as its actions on the muscle and fascia layers. Cups are applied to create strong suction, pulling muscle and fascia away from the bone, causing them to release tension, blood and body fluids from the areas.
This allows fresh blood to flow in and nourish. Round bruise-like marks with petechiae are left behind for 0-10 days.
Cupping is also used to break up phlegm in the lungs during a common cold. For this condition, cups are placed on the back or chest. Cups can be left on for 5-30 minutes depending on comfort and need.
Gua Sha is a topical scraping technique used by physical therapists and acupuncturists to break up scarring and rope like muscle or tendon.
It is great for plantar fasciitis as well as back pain, IT band tension, neck pain, etc.
Chiropractic medicine focuses on creating equilibrium between the musculoskeletal and nervous system.
This equilibrium will decrease inflammation, improve proprioception and increase overall function and form of the human body.
By using manual adjustments, soft tissue manipulation and functional strength and rehab tools, treatment is not only about the “crack” but about an individualized whole body approach.
When a skeletal segment in your body is not moving or is moving incorrectly it can cause pain, inflammation and nervous system interference. Chiropractors generally treat this irregular movement with a manual adjustment. This adjustment consists of bringing the joint to tension by adding pressure to the specific area and than a quick thrust that restores movement in the area.
Our bodies are wrapped in a thin connective tissue called fascia. When muscles are used too much or too little, tension in the fascia layer can form. During injury the fascia can also be damaged.
Massage is one of the best ways to release tension from the fascia and has a therapeutic effect on both the fascia and deeper muscle layers. Often times patients have a combination of deep tension and superficial tension or injury. Acupuncture can assist the deeper layer while massage often has a much more intense effect on the superficial layer. Cupping and other massage techniques also provide relief.
We find massage to be a great treatment for motor vehicle accident injuries, de-stressing from the Portland lifestyle, working through aches and pains after intense workouts and training sessions, parents to be, and pregnant women.
Pregnancy Massage is also available so that mamas-to-be can be comfortable face down on our pregnancy table.
Energy Therapy is a metaphysical approach to health of mind, body and spirit. We combine specific energy techniques allowing individuals to navigate through their own inner wisdom and support self-healing. Mineral therapy, sound therapy and Aromatherapy are used to enhance this experience, which is created in accordance with the client's needs and Practitioner's discretion.
Reiki is a versatile and relaxing no- touch therapy technique that engages energy pathways, chakras and meridians, with healing vibration bringing balance and vitality. This is a clearing of the mind and a renewing of the body. Think massage for your aura.
Reflexology is a therapy used to treat the whole body while using the microsystem of the feet. This session starts with a soothing and relaxing foot bath followed by two cycles of pressure at specified locations on each foot.