Acupuncture & Skincare

375 Leffelle St SE, Salem, OR 97302

503 364 3022

Innerhealth Clinic & Spa

Michael Johnson Lic.Ac. effortlessly integrates a gentle approach to acupuncture with friendly and compassionate client centered care. As a healthcare professional with 8 years of experience, Michael has the tools necessary to help you reach your health goals.  Michael earned his Master degree in Acupuncture from Bastyr University, one of the top 3 schools in the country for Acupuncture. Michael also has special training in NAET, an allergy elimination technique he has had great success with over the last 7 years. Michael's main specialties are the treatment of migraines and headaches, allergies, and pain. Michael also has extensive experience treating injuries from car accidents and helping patients with smoking cessation. 


Does Acupuncture Hurt?
No. Acupuncture needles are fine and flexible; many are as thin as a human hair. The needles are often barely felt when inserted. Acupuncture feels very different from receiving a hypodermic injection; Most patients find the treatment a very relaxing and calming experience. Contrary to what you often see in the media, the number of needles used in a given treatment remains low, around 5 or 10.

What Kind of Psychotherapy are you Offering?
Dr. Pfaffenberger predominantly trained in client-centered approaches that are associated with the humanistic tradition, such as motivational interviewing. Therapy is often useful when clients strive to change patterns of behavior, as in weight management, if they seek treatment for anxiety, depression, or PTSD, or experience a life transition. However, if you currently see another mental health provider, it is usually best to continue with that relationship and receive acupuncture only at our office.

How Does It work?
"The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies … In addition, ample clinical experience, supported by some research data, suggests that acupuncture may be a reasonable option for a number of clinical conditions. Examples are postoperative pain and myofascial and low back pain.”
National Institute of Health (NIH), 1997 Consensus Statement on Acupuncture

It appears that the effectiveness of acupuncture and the often-amazing results are achieved because acupuncture exerts a multitude of different effects on the body, including changes in the central nervous system, changes in regard to the neurotransmitters, and effects in regard to inflammation and pain perception. Contemporary research has shown that acupuncture regulates blood pressure, increases red and white blood cell count, stimulates bone regrowth, and modulates the production of pain regulating endorphins and enkephalins. It is important to note that the current research suggests that there is no singular explanation as how acupuncture works from a scientific perspective. Acupuncture not only relieves pain, but also removes the underlying disorder leading to a permanent recovery.
Chinese Medicine developed in a culture that has radically different views of how health is achieved and maintained from our own. It sees all living systems as permeated with an energetic life force called Qi . In the human body, this life energy courses in channels of energy that run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians , are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues and organs. A deficiency of energy or an obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers causes symptoms, such as fatigue and pain. Needling the acupuncture points can influence the meridians; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians thereby creating a context where healing takes place.

How Safe is Acupuncture?
Licensed acupuncturists receive a 3-year graduate training. All needles are FDA approved, new, disposable, pre-sterilized and are only used for one insertion. Side-effects are uncommon.

“One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.”
National Institute of Health (NIH), 1997 Consensus Statement on Acupuncture

What Should I Expect from a Treatment?
The principal specialty of Innerhealth is the combination of acupuncture and counseling within the same session, which we found a lot more effective than applying either modality alone. At the beginning of a typical treatment we sit down and talk about your concerns and questions. If you are interested we have a counseling session and address emotional issues. This is followed by an acupuncture treatment. You will then relax with the needles for about 15 minutes. Most people find this time to be very comfortable and relaxing, and to be a sanctuary away from daily stressors. You can receive acupuncture or counseling alone if you wish.

How Many Treatments are Necessary?
Everyone and every condition respond differently to acupuncture. The length of treatment depends on the severity and duration of the disease. A patient’s willingness to comply with lifestyle and diet recommendations will greatly affect the outcome of the treatment. The most typical course of treatment at our clinic consists of about 5 to 10 treatments. Ideally every treatment should be spaced 3 to 8 days from the previous one.

There Seem to be Different Methods of Acupuncture. How Do I Know Which one to Choose?
Yes, there are at least half a dozen approaches that are currently in use, including TCM (which stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine), Five Element, the Balance Method, and Japanese Acupuncture. No specific method has proven superior to any other, however, every practitioner has different preferences and training. At Innerhealth, we use mainly TCM, which is the most commonly used approach, and it has stood the test of time.

Acupuncture is a valuable treatment modality for all pain conditions,

but it also treats numerous other health problems, including

  • Back Pain
  • Allergies
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Infertility – We offer treatments for infertility and IVF assist.
  • Menopause – hot flashes, fatigue, and mood changes.
  • Irregular or Painful Menstruation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Nicotine Dependence
  • Weight Management