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PSU Women’s Rugby Club – now sponsored by Anatomy Acupuncture!

We are pleased to announce Anatomy Acupuncture’s fall 2014 season sponsorship of Portland State Women’s Rugby Football Club!

As a fairly new club, these ladies are working hard, and we’re thrilled to be supporting them.  Check out their schedule and stop by a game.


PSURFC sched

Acupuncture Effective for Post-Surgical pain

While I love it when I can help patients avoid surgery (really, it happens all the time, and it’s awesome!) sometimes they can’t. Surgery is sometimes very necessary and when that’s the case, I support patients with acupuncture, bodywork, internal and external herbs so they can enter and recover from surgery as smoothly as possible.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be extremely useful tools both pre and post surgery.  Beforehand we can ready the body by helping manage pain, promote normal sleep and digestive cycles and prepare the tissue for the upcoming surgery.  After surgery we can work to reduce swelling and pain and often decrease or discontinue pain medications that have unwanted side-effects – all of this helps the surgical trauma heal quickly and appropriately.

A recent study in Regional Analgesia and Pain Medicine found that acupuncture after a total knee replacement reduced the amount of pain patients were in as well as reducing the need for and amount of pain medications required.  Those in the acupuncture group also had fewer adverse reactions (nausea and vomiting) due to anesthesia.

acupuncture for post-op TKRResults: This study comprised 60 patients (30 in the study group and 30 in the control group). The fentanyl requirement via patient-controlled analgesia in the study group was lower [mean (SD), 620.7 (258.2) vs 868.6 (319.3) [mu]g; P = 0.002). The time to first request for fentanyl was longer in the study group. Pain intensity on a 100-mm visual analog scale was lower in the study group in the first 24 hours after the operation. The incidence of analgesia-related adverse effects of nausea and vomiting was lower in the study group. The success of blinding was not significantly different between the 2 groups (P = 0.731).

Conclusions: The data obtained from this clinical trial demonstrate the potential advantages of using acupuncture for postoperative pain control after total knee arthroplasty.
Acupuncture for Pain Relief After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

If you or someone you know is preparing for or recently underwent surgery – we’d love to help – Give us a call or book an appointment online!  What questions do you have about pre or post-op acupuncture?

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As you may have noticed, we finally started using this blog.  I know, it’s been sitting on the website for a while being absolutely neglected.  That’s about to change.  And we’d like your input – what do YOU want to see us posting? What information is useful and interesting to you? Do you like reading about research, or case studies, what we’re treating in the clinic, information on particular conditions… etc?   We’d love your feedback and ideas – submit them via the quick survey below.

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Off the grid

I got out of Portland for the weekend and spent three great days out in nature, camping, hiking, taking photos and spending time with friends.  I think it’s really important to plan time off the grid – away from phones and computers.  Every time I do it, I wonder why I don’t do it more often.

nature, time and patience

I think it’s so easy to get caught up in technology and it’s promise of faster/easier/more  and to not be aware of the stress it brings. Of always being on and reachable and expected to respond.  I never think it impacts me that much until I go a few days without it and find out how much more relaxed and less stressed I am.

DSC_0267Getting away from it all is such a nice reset – I come back feeling refreshed and relaxed and ready to get back to it!  The clean air, the sounds of nature (in my case the McKenzie River flowing by), waking up with the sunshine, playing in the dirt – it’s all part of self-care and healing to both your mind and body.   If you haven’t done it yet this summer, make some time to get out in nature and get away from technology and let me know how you feel when you get back!


What’s your favorite way to reset?