Sports Medicine and Pain

Acupuncture Northwest & Associates

Click here to watch Julie Booker talk about treating pain with acupuncture.

“The Shoulder Whisperer” – When I had pain due to my shoulder injury, Julie Booker would treat me right after PT and my range of motion would increase by 20-30% immediately and my pain would be lessened. My physical therapist was so amazed and told me to always get acupuncture right after I had PT with her. Without acupuncture, it would have taken my shoulder much longer to heal and rid myself of the pain.”

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Sports Medicine & Pain Acupuncture

The Research:Acupuncture Treats Pain

Acupuncture is very well known for treating pain. There is a lot of evidence showing acupuncture’s ability to reduce pain. The National Institutes of Health’s article on acupuncture claims that acupuncture is helpful for a many types of pain including: back pain, knee pain and headaches. Even Harvard University says that, “Acupuncture is worth a try for chronic pain“.

The research is in and acupuncture is well proven to be effective for treating all kinds of pain. So, if you have never tried acupuncture, now is the time!

Our Acupuncturists:

All of the practitioners at Acupuncture Northwest treat pain, both chronic and acute. In addition, Julie Booker and Cheryl House trained with one of the most famous acupuncture pain specialists in the country, Matt Callison. Matt speaks internationally on sports medicine and has one of the most highly regarded training facilities for post-graduate training in treating pain and sports medicine.

Our Seattle massage therapist is also great for pain issues.


Some of the types of pain we treat at Acupuncture Northwest & Associates:

Acute Athletic Injuries:Acupuncture Treats Pain

Can’t do your favorite activity due to injury? Come see one of our sports medicine specialists to get you back to the activities you love! The goal is to get you safely back to your sport as quickly as possible.


Acupuncture often helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, allowing the joints to be less painful and more flexible. Chinese herbs can also help increase mobility in the joints. Arthritis patients are often pleasantly surprised with how much better their joints feel when they get regular acupuncture.

Back pain:

Back pain can be due to many factors, such as trauma or overuse. Acupuncture is well known as a great way to relieve this often debilitating pain. Our experienced providers are often able to help patients to greatly reduce their chronic and stubborn pain.

“I have had the same back pain for over a year and after just one acupuncture session, over half of my pain was gone. And it didn’t return. I had never tried acupuncture before but I’m a believer now!” M.P.

Knee pain:Acupuncture Treats Pain

Runners know how important a well functioning knee is. And if your knees hurt just getting around, how can you do the activities you love? When your knees hurt and before you resort to surgery, try acupuncture. Knee pain is often treated very effectively by acupuncture.

Here is a review of the wide body of research done with acupuncture treating knee pain:

Elbow Pain:

Whether it’s tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, acupuncture is often great at treating elbow pain.

“As a practitioner at Acupuncture Northwest, I’ve had dozens of patients over the years have their elbow pain go away and often with very few treatments. Some patients need to do monthly or quarterly maintenance treatments but they all look forward to their visits at our office.”  Stephanie Gianarelli, Clinic Director and Acupuncturist


Sciatica is lower back and glute pain that travels down the back or side of the leg usually to the knee and possibly the sole of the foot. Acupuncture can effectively resolve the pain associated with sciatic nerve impingement.

Headaches:Acupuncture Treats Pain

Headaches can occur in many areas of the head, with varying intensity and quality of pain. In Chinese medicine, a headache is diagnosed according to these criteria: location, intensity and quality. Lifestyle, emotional makeup and nutrition are also possible contributing factors. A Chinese medical diagnosis takes all of this information into consideration to derive the best way to treat this particular person’s headache. Because of this individualized approach, Chinese medicine is often very effective in reducing the symptoms of headaches.


Migraines are more severe and intense than stress headaches. They are often repetitive, may interfere with normal activities of daily living and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise and may be preceded by visual auras or auditory sounds. Chinese medicine can help reduce the severity of migraines already in process and reduce the frequency and duration of migraines. 



“It took everything I had not to go to the hospital, and then after my treatment with Matt I could walk without grimacing and even play with the grandkids!” -A.B.

“I had no pain whatsoever after last week’s treatment.” -D.R.

“My hands stopped hurting with acupuncture. I didn’t believe I could get the pain to go away because I have arthritis and it is bone on bone. Thank you!” -K.M. in the Tacoma office.

“You told me it would be 6 visits and I would feel better. And it was! I was in constant pain 5-6 of 10 (with 7 of 10 flare ups) and now I’m a 3 out of 10 with no flare ups. And everyone at the office is kind and easy to work with.” -J.C. in the Tacoma office.


“I could barely walk for 2 days and then I saw Julie. She helped me identify where it was coming from and the treatment really helped. It’s so great that you have practitioners with different areas of expertise!” -C.L.

“After doing physical therapy, I still had pain in my shoulder and a lack of full functioning. With acupuncture I had more relief than anything else I had done and it happened in a shorter period of time and with less effort.”

“Wonderful place. Stephanie, the owner is very personable and knowledgeable, (she) has done an excellent job getting me out of chronic pain. Thank you, ladies. Jurga M. via Yelp”

Stephanie! Just wanted you to know my back feels so much better after my session with you! Thank you!” via email.

“So, your girl (Andrea) was a miracle worker.  I did everything she told me to do on Saturday, I took it easy, did the ice, upped my electrolytes and on Sunday morning the pain was gone.   She is a miracle worker…”

“Thank you so much for your care and attention [Matt]. My visits have made a huge difference. Wishing you the best, Thanks, C.”

“I was suffering from excruciating headaches and was prescribed these huge pills by a Neurologist. When I read the “side effects” of those meds, I decided not to take those prescribed meds and instead opted for a non-invasive alternative treatment. Fortunately, I discovered Julie Booker. She did both acupuncture and massage at that time and after several treatments with her, she helped get rid of my headaches completely.

So now, every time I have pain issues with my neck or elbows or sciatica pain on my legs, I go to Julie for acupuncture treatments. With every treatment, Julie helps me relax and release all my stress and anxiety with her acupuncture and maintains my energy balance with acupuncture. I highly recommend Julie Booker for acupuncture treatment.”

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National Institutes of Health, Acupuncture, In Depth.

Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the Knee – A Review of Randomized, Controlled Trials

Acupuncture is Worth a Try for Chronic Pain written by Daniel Pendick for the Harvard Health Publications for Harvard University