375 Leffelle St SE, Salem, OR 97302
Innerhealth Acupuncture: 503-364-3022
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.
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Acupuncture is a valuable treatment modality for all pain conditions,
but it also treats numerous other health problems, including
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
No. Acupuncture needles are fine and flexible; many are as thinner than a human hair. The needles are often barely felt when inserted. Acupuncture feels nothing like a hypodermic needle; Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and calming.
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 for Acupuncture, and it is generally a very safe treatment modality.
“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?
At the beginning of a treatment for a new patient we will begin by discussing your health concerns and health history. Then acupuncture will be performed based on your own individual needs. After about 30 minutes with the needles in, we will discuss a treatment plan. After the treatment many people feel relaxed and calm. Often people fall asleep during the treatment. Drinking water is important both before and after the treatment. The first appointment is about 60 minutes, return visits are 45 minutes.
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. For the majority of clients, the treatment plan is 2 times a week for the first two weeks and then the treatment plan is revaluated based on how well the client's body is responding to the treatment. When there is improvement, then visits are reduced to once a week for another 3 weeks. Followed by visits which are spaced out even further.