Acupuncture Specialist

FoRM Health PDX

Regenerative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Portland, OR

Acupuncture has been used for pain relief for more than 3,000 years, but only in more recent years have many Americans realized its amazing potential for pain relief. Today, more than 10 million acupuncture treatments are done in the United States every year. If you’re interested in getting natural pain relief, acupuncture at FoRM Health PDX in Portland, Oregon, may be exactly what you need. Call the office or book an appointment online today to get started.


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing system based on Chinese philosophy. Essentially, acupuncture views your body as a complex system with many different meridians or channels. Energy flows through these channels to help regulate all aspects of your health.

If the channels grow blocked, you can suffer system imbalance and grow ill or suffer physical problems. During acupuncture treatments, your naturopathic doctor inserts ultrathin needles into the channels where the blockages occur to restore optimal energy flow in your body.


What conditions can acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture is extremely helpful for many different conditions. Sports acupuncture is one of the most popular natural pain relief treatments today, but acupuncture can also help with many other acute and chronic conditions. If you suffer from any of these conditions, acupuncture may help.

  • Muscle spasms or cramps
  • Stress (tension) headaches 
  • Sprains and strains
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain from spine damage or injury
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Gluteal tendinopathy
  • Arthritis

Depending on your condition and symptoms, your FoRM Health PDX care provider may recommend dry needling, a similar but different treatment often mistaken for acupuncture. 


How are acupuncture and dry needling different?

Both acupuncture and dry needling use a group of slim needles, but they have different goals. Dry needling usually focuses on trigger points, the areas where your muscles are knotted and painful. 

With dry needling treatment, your naturopathic doctor at FoRM Health PDX can release these trigger points to reduce your pain. Often, dry needling is very helpful for sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions, and it may be used in combination with sports acupuncture.


What does acupuncture feel like?

Many patients are concerned about acupuncture pain, but it’s actually quite comfortable for most patients. The needles are extremely slim, and they’re always expertly placed by your naturopathic doctor at FoRM Health PDX. Many patients find acupuncture treatments quite relaxing in fact.

Dry needling generally causes minimal discomfort, but you can expect some muscle soreness for 12-24 hours after treatment. Generally, patients tolerate acupuncture and dry needling so well that they resume their usual routines immediately.

To learn more about how acupuncture or dry needling can help you feel better naturally, call FoRM Health PDX or schedule a consultation online today.