Pain relief is the most common reason people seek out the treatment of acupuncture. This is due to its amazing ability to treat a wide range of pain syndromes with efficiency and little to no side effects.
Pain is our body’s way of sending us a warning signal that an imbalance exists. The cause of the pain may or may not be easily traceable to a specific accident or lifestyle choice. Unfortunately, many people often ignore this signal and either “push through the pain” or take strong medication with many side effects. This approach neither examines or addresses the cause of the pain and it may become more intense or chronic.
The Chinese Medical View Of Pain
Acupuncturists recognize that there is a vital life force, called Qi (pronounced “chee”) circulating within the body. Qi flows through a series of pathways called meridians. Meridians can be thought of as rivers flowing in your body. Wherever these rivers/meridians flow they provide nourishment to your cells, tissues, muscles, organs, and glands. However, if these rivers become blocked and are not able to flow along their regular courses then problems/symptoms arise.
What causes Qi to become blocked?
The stresses of modern life easily can disrupt the flow of Qi, causing it to stagnate. These factors include; poor diet, physical trauma, emotional trauma, genetics, and chemical, physical and emotional stress.
Under normal conditions the body is able to properly regulate the Qi and return to good health. But when the disruption of Qi is prolonged, excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, then balance is difficult to regain and the symptom of pain may arise.
Acupuncture has the ability to treat the signs and symptoms of pain and also the ability to treat the root of what initially caused the problem. By inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points, acupuncture can break up the blockages that have disrupted the smooth flow of Qi and restore balance in the body.
As part of our female birthright we simply expect we should be able to have babies when we want and as many babies as we want. Seemingly, other woman have no problems reproducing . So what happens when it does not happen easily or not at all?
Middleway can help you achieve your dream of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby. Our fertility program identifies the root of your specific concerns and builds a highly customized treatment protocol to help you become your most fertile self. Whether you are seeking acupuncture and herbs to enhance your fertility naturally or are using acupuncture to increase the success rates of IVF or IUI, our pre-conception care will prepare you for a healthy pregnancy. All our treatments include acupuncture, nutritional counseling, herbal prescriptions, emotional support, and stress reduction strategies.
Our Fertility treatments;
- Balance reproductive hormones
- Increase fertile cervical mucous
- Increase blood supply to the ovaries and uterus
- Reduce inflammation and aid embryo implantation.
- Reduces miscarriages
- Enhances immune system
- Support and enhance the outcomes of IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) or IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)
- Reduce uterine contraction after IUI
- Reduces uterine contraction after embryo transfer in IVF cycles
- Reduces side effects of fertility medications
- Improves sperm within 3 months(motility, mobility, and count)
- Benefits from Fertility treatments;
Improved chance of conception
Decreased time to pregnancy
Regular menstrual cycles
- More cervical mucous
Improved uterine lining
Decreased cramping & clotting
- less anxiety and depression
Commonly treated conditions in our fertility program
- Irregular menses
- Egg Quality
- luteal phase defect
- Diminished Ovarian Reserve (high FSH/low AMH)
- Recurrent Miscarriages……see Miscarriage section
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS)
- Ovarian Cysts
- Immune factors
- IVF support
- IUI support
- Sperm (quality, quantity, and mobility)
- Unexplained infertility(which is almost 50% of infertility)
Typically our patients see significant improvement in their menstrual cycles and fertility markers in less than 90 days. Allow us to support your needs with less stress, less side-effects, less expense, and a increased chance to carry full term.
Ann Zimmerman, LAc. has been successfully helping women on the path to motherhood for the last 16 years. She is the proud momma with her own fertility journey and certified Fertility coach. Her integrative approach bridges the wisdom of Eastern and Western medicine to help woman align themselves with their fertility. Her sweet, compassionate, and highly intuitive nature creates a comfortable and safe container for aligning woman with their unique fertility path.
Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum
***Nourish mother to nourish baby***
For thousands of years women have been using this medicine to contribute to a more comfortable pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. In Chinese medicine, pregnancy is viewed as women’s window of opportunity to enhance her well being. Emphasis is placed on preventative care to strengthen the mother and baby, as well as addressing specific issues as they occur during pregnancy. Women who receive acupuncture while pregnant feel more connected to their baby, more relaxed about the birth process, and have less symptoms than other pregnant women. In addition to mom feeling her best, the babies inside the womb love receiving acupuncture. Babies typically are active during treatments and tend to grow more optimally when mom gets acupuncture regularly.
We commonly treat women seeking pregnancy support with the following conditions;
- Nausea(morning sickness)…this actually works!! Don’t suffer unnecessarily! Usually from weeks 7-12
- Anxiety or depression
- Support with history of recurrent miscarriage and threatened miscarriage
- High risk pregnancy-please call to discuss your specific needs
- Body pain(sciatica, back pain, rib pain, pelvic pain, headaches, neck pain)
- Acid reflux(heartburn)
- Carpal Tunnel
- Common cold
- Small to date babies(helpful for organ development and weight gain)
- Breech or posterior babies—ideally start treatment before week 37
- PRE-BIRTH TREATMENTS- offered once a week, starting at week 36, to prepare mom for the most comfortable and efficient labor possible. Women who receive these treatments are more successful at having the type of labor and birth they desire. These treatments reduce symptoms and ease stress.
- LABOR INDUCTION-several acupuncture points have been shown to stimulate uterine contractions. While these points are avoided throughout most of the pregnancy, they work wonderfully for signaling the body to go into labor at full term. This type of treatment is completely safe. Labor induction with acupuncture was recently shown in a study to reduce medical inductions by 35-43%, the use of epidurals by 31% and emergency Cesareans by 32%.
Baby is here and you want to be at your best. Wise woman know that you must take time to heal properly after birth or your health can be effected for the long term. Mom’s that are intentional about their postpartum period tend to regain their health quicker, have a more robust milk supply, and enjoy their babies first year. Mom’s can optimize their recovery and manage symptoms after birth with acupuncture and herbal medicine. We often help mom’s who are experiencing constipation, urinary and pelvic floor problems, insomnia, back/neck pain, hip pain, low milk supply, carpal tunnel, insomnia, night sweats, post partum depression, and fatigue. We also can help Cesarian-section pain, scar-healing and provide stress relief for both parents.
*Postpartum depression–After giving birth, the body goes through hormonal changes that can manifest both physically and mentally. Acupuncture can help moderate these hormonal changes and smooth this transition. In addition to acupuncture we can safely prescribe Chinese herbs to help speed recovery and stabilize the mood.
*Lactation support-There are specific acupuncture points and Chinese herbs that can increase the milk supply in lactating women. We can discuss dietary and lifestyle changes to support healthy milk supply. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are struggling with milk supply.
Chinese medicine considers the digestive system the main source of our vital energy. It’s comprised of a series of organs whose main responsibility is to bring nutrients into the body. To enjoy optimal health, it is essential that digestion be strong and capable of supplying our tissues with the nutrition they need.
Proper diet and adequate time to digest are often difficult standards to uphold in today’s busy world. Our stressful lives often lead to unhealthy habits of overeating, poor food choices, and late night bingeing. And because the digestive system is so important, it is also very sensitive. Poor eating habits eventually effect our health and can cause uncomfortable symptoms or diseases.
At Middleway Medicine, we combine the use of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutritional counseling to guide you toward healthy habits, great digestion and proper elimination.
The use of acupuncture helps the body and mind to relax, allowing for inflamed tissues to heal, stomach acid secretion to regulate and proper intestinal motility to return.
Chinese herbal medicine is often recommended in addition to the use of acupuncture. We combine personalized herbal formulas to treat the root cause of your ailment. This approach does not mask preexisting symptoms, therefore allowing you to regain lasting health. The herbs are extremely effective, have little to no side effects and are very affordable.
The following symptoms/diseases are treated most effectively by Chinese Medicine:
- heartburn/acid reflux/GERD
- acute/chronic constipation
- acute/chronic diarrhea
- irritable bowel syndrome
- ulcerative colitis
- irregular appetite
- weight loss
- stomach pain
- Crohn’s disease
- food sensitivities
For thousands of years, Gynecology and obstetrics have been specialties within the field of Chinese medicine. A woman’s body goes through many cycles in the course of a lifetime. From the onset of puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, a woman’s body is in a constant state of change. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work to restore balance and overall vitality to women along any stage of her journey.
The Chinese have long believed that the overall health of a woman can be judged by the regularity and harmony of her menstrual cycle. Achieving a proper rhythm and smooth menstrual flow better positions a women to be free of the common complaints of menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
Commonly treated conditions with Chinese medicine include:
- loss of menstruation
- irregular menses
- painful menses
- PMS -mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating, etc.
- pregnancy related conditions
- frequent miscarriage
- hot flashes
- peri-menopause changes
- night sweats
- vaginal dryness
- weight gain
- uterine fibroids
The pain that headaches and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offers powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over the counter drugs cause. This medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat the underlying cause behind headaches.
Chinese medicine does not recognize recurring headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual. This personalized approach allows Chinese medicine to be particularly effective and efficient in the treatment of headaches. Patients commonly report pain relief immediately and find nearly total relief within 1-2 months of treatment. At Middleway, we have found that the quickest and most lasting results are achieved when acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage are combined during treatment.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents (MVA) are often quite traumatizing and painful. At Middleway, we help many people recover from the physical and emotional results of an accident and are well equipped to guide you through your insurance claims.
In Oregon, all medical bills resulting from a MVA are paid by personal injury protection insurance(PIP). This insurance covers the services of acupuncture and massage 100%. By law, you and all passengers in your car have up to $15,000 each to cover any medical bills resulting from an accident. You are completely free to choose what type of care you wish to receive and who you receive it from. Our office is well trained and happy to help you with your insurance claim. No doctor referral is necessary, all we need is your claim # and adjuster’s name.
After a automobile accident, the most common injury is whiplash (though back ache, general muscle pain, and stress/anxiety are commonly reported as well.)
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck and Shoulder pain or stiffness
- Difficulty focusing
We have found that combining both acupuncture and massage offer the most effective healing results for a MVA. The acupuncture allows you to relax while your body releases pain blocking endorphins. The release of these endorphins helps to turn off the cascading inflammation response that results after trauma. Thus, the body starts to “let go” of tight muscles and the memory of the accident. We then follow the acupuncture treatment with massage. The massage further helps the body to relax, and also breaks up scar tissue and adhesions. This allows for the muscles to lengthen and stretch, gradually restoring the range of motion to the joints and decreasing pain.