Acupuncture Pain Management

Acupuncture is known for pain management.  Through stimulation of specific points along your skin via thin needles, your pain can be reduced or eliminated. Heat, current, pressure, or laser light can also be applied to these same points for a sensation-free treatment with the same pain relief outcome. Acupuncture is a powerful medicine has been used for over 3,000 years.  It is a safe, effective treatment for many ailments without the toxic side effects associated with surgery, or prescribed and over-the-counter medications.


What Acupuncture Treats



Back PainPain is just your body’s way of telling you something is wrong – it’s your own private “warning light” pointing to an imbalance somewhere in your system.

Pain relief is the number one reason patients seek acupuncture. Instead of popping a pill to mask the symptom, acupuncture activates and directs your body’s own powerful, natural healing mechanisms to the root cause of your pain. Because this all-natural medicine treats both the symptom (pain) and the root cause (the system or tissue that is not working properly), acupuncture can be used to treat of vast array of pain syndromes and body ills. And best of all, it is deeply relaxing!

As a Chinese medical practitioner, I see pain differently than a Western doctor. Pain tells me that the vital energies of your body are not flowing properly, and this vital life force is known as “qi”. Over several thousand years of observing the working of the body, the Chinese created a detailed map of these lines or rivers of qi which flow through your body. When the flow slows, or stops, or goes too fast, you experience pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. I use Chinese pulse reading and information from your symptoms and tongue to learn where this life force is blocked or decreased in you. Then, by understanding the natural flow of the qi and the organ systems, I use thin needles, microcurrent, laser, Neuromuscular Release techniques, cups, and other pressure modalities to renew the flow and remind your body how to operate in balanced and optimal health.

Digestive Issues

stomach-acheBy now, you have probably all heard of the “gut brain”. This refers to research findings in the early 80’s of neuropeptides created in your gut – the so called molecules of emotion (Candace Pert)* –that affect your brain and emotions. This means that when you feel distress, you create a cascade of chemicals designed to cause you to flee or fight the danger. Your gut gets affected along with the rest of your body when you are under stress and soon you experience pain, constipation, diarrhea, digestion slows, and gastric juices spill out of your stomach and irritate surrounding tissues (GERD). You do not feel good.

The digestive system is comprised of several organ systems (Liver, Spleen, Gall Bladder and Stomach) that are responsible for breaking down food into the fuel you use to nourish your body. This fuel is the source of your vital energy. Your often stressful life can lead you to an improper diet; eating way too fast or too much, late night comfort binging, or just making poor food choices for your body-type. Under stress, your brain and emotions can tie your stomach up into knots. Once your digestive systems are compromised, you begin to have digestive issues and the nutrients that nourish your cells and keep your tissues healthy and strong are in short supply. Acupuncture strengthens and calms these various systems while soothing your upset nervous system to return your body to smooth digestion and natural, healthy nutrient balance. People often report immediate relief of stomachaches and nausea once acupuncture has begun.

I treat the whole person, so my long-term treatment goal is to help you create healthier habits both in what and how you eat. I also work to teach simple self-help methods to reduce the effects of stress in our busy, sometimes dysfunctional lives.

Headaches & Migraines

headachePain in your head is debilitating. It causes concentration problems, irritability, vision issues, and the general desire to just check out from your world and go laydown. In Chinese medicine, there are numerous ways your natural energy flow can go wrong. When it does, that creates a block in your energy flow and a painful headache occurs. Treatment is tailored to the specific systems that are out of balance. Once acupuncture gets your energy flowing more smoothly, your headache abates. And because acupuncture has been shown to cause the release of your natural pain killers, called endorphins, it is a drug-free pain reliever.

Sports Injuries

sports-injuryWe all hurt ourselves playing hard sometime in our life. If you are active in sports, you may hurt yourself more often. To get back in your game, acupuncture, microcurrent, and Neuromuscular Release techniques are applied to these injured soft tissues and joints. Acupuncture stimulation releases your body’s natural pain killers (endorphins) and brings new red and white blood cells which bathe the injured area in nutrients and allows it to heal faster. The sooner you treat your injury and reduce the inflammation, the sooner you will return to play. If you wait, soft tissue scarring occurs, fluid builds up, and your range of motion decreases. Wait and you may create a more chronic condition. The moral here is to get in for acupuncture treatment at the beginning of an acute injury to heal faster!

Auto Accidents

auto-injuryAcupuncture is an effective treatment to help you heal quickly from soft tissue injuries sustained in a car accident.

Did you know that in Oregon, the driver and all passengers in the car are eligible for payment of medical bills that result from a motor vehicle accident through their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance for up to one year? Oregon requires at least $15,000 in PIP coverage for you and your passengers. This means you are entitled to receive acupuncture with no out-of-pocket payments by you, if you are in a car accident.

Acupuncture will:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Reduce muscle spasms
  • Speed up recovery time and prevent re-injury
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Restore proper mobility and range of motion in affected joints and softtissues

Immune System Disorders

ill-womanThe modern world permeates you with electromagnetic waves, bathes you in chemicals, and inundates you with stress. All these insults take a negative toil on your immune system. For your body to stay healthy, your immune system must be strong.

Acupuncture boosts cellular energy. It treats your core and builds the balance and energy that your immune system needs to stay strong. If you have a cold, infection, or inflammation somewhere, acupuncture gets your immune system geared to fight the invaders that are making you feel terrible. Research shows that acupuncture strengthens your immune system. It increases your red blood cells and floods your cells with fresh oxygen and nutrients. These nutrients are the building blocks for all your cellular repair. Even more importantly, acupuncture increases white blood cells, your body’s own Pac Man cleanup crew. These white blood cells literally dissolve invaders.

When you are sick, acupuncture helps return you to health. When you are well, acupuncture works to strengthen and balance your system to prevent future illnesses and keep you healthy.

Cherri Gallison
Chérri Gallison, LAc, LPC
Licensed Acupuncturist
Licensed Professional Counselor

“I am always amazed at the results of Chérri’s acupuncture treatments– my pain goes away and my mobility improves. She is a walking encyclopedia about human anatomy and the workings of the body and brings a keen awareness of the balance of mind, body and spirit. I find she is graced with the art of connecting with people and is an excellent communicator both as listener and advisor. I highly recommend you see Chérri for treatment. You will be glad you did.”

April H.

“Chérri heals not only through touch but by listening. I can tell she listens well because she hones right in on the problem. I always learn something new. I never feel pushed to do more. It’s a very holistic experience.”

Whitney K.
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