"At the beginning of February, I was unable to swing a hammer or lift weights due to a old shoulder injury. After a few sessions of acupuncture with Gina, I found myself on a frozen waterfall at the "Ghost" near Canmore in Alberta Canada. There was no room for mistakes, my swing had to be perfect, my shoulder could not let me down. The two weeks of ice climbing were a complete success. The pain was gone, the rotation was back to normal and the strength had returned. Thanks, Gina, for getting me back climbing."

— Joe Owens is a professional guide for Timberline Mountain Guides and is a member of the American Mountain Guides Association. He is a volunteer with Portland Mountain Rescue and a member of Clackamas County Sheriff's technical response team. He has a USA Level 3 avalanche certification and teaches avalanche rescue and winter survival.

Question:  What are the most commonly treated conditions?
Answer:  Acupuncture can be used to treat many conditions traditional medicine might address.  Acupuncture can be effective in treating:

  • Sports Injuries:  Sprained ankles, Plantar Fasciitis, hamstring strains, knee sprains, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder and many more.
  • Work Related Injuries: Repetitive Motion injuries, Carpal Tunnel, Tendonitis, sprains & strains.
  • Auto Accident Injuries:  Neck & Back pain including Whiplash and Sciatica.
  • Internal Conditions:  Headaches,digestive problems, allergies, poor circulation, arthritis, PMS and painful menses.
  • Stress:  Anxiety, sleep disturbance, irritability, smoking cessation and weakened immune systems.

Questions:  What is acupuncture?
Answer:  Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, hair-like needles strategically placed in locations specific to your Chinese medical diagnosis. Although modern Western medicine has proven acupuncture to work, they are not able to explain how it works at this time. Traditional Asian acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories that acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of “qi” in the body.

Question:  Does it hurt?
Answer:  No. Some say that the needles aren’t painful, they are “sensational”. Most find the treatments to be so relaxing that they actually fall asleep.

Question: How many treatments does it take to get results?
Answer: This depends on the nature and severity of the condition.  One to two treatments per week are suggested.  Most people see benefits in 4-6 treatments for acute conditions.  Chronic conditions may require treatment for several weeks.

Question: How long will the results and benefits last?
Answer: Many people wonder if the results will be temporary.  Treatments are intended to address the underlying condition, not just mask the symptoms.  When the source of the condition is addressed and corrected, the results are long lasting or permanent.  Periodic treatments throughout the year are recommended to maintain optimal health.

Question:  Has there been extensive research done in the area of acupuncture to prove that it works?
Answer:  Yes.

  • The World Health Organization has researched and documented the success of acupuncture and oriental medicine.
  • The United States National Institute of Health has also researched and documented the effectiveness of this complete medical system.
  • The FDA has approved the acupuncture needle as a grade II medical instrument

Questions:  Are the needles disposable?
Answer:  Yes, as a licensed acupuncturist, I always use sterile, disposable needles.