Sports Medicine and Pain

“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.”

Acupuncture is well known for treating pain. There are countless studies showing acupuncture’s ability to reduce pain experienced by patients. All of the practitioners at Acupuncture Northwest treat pain, both chronic and acute. You can also see our massage therapist for pain issues.

Schedule Appointment or Free Consultation

Acute Athletic Injuries:

While acupuncture cannot replace the need for surgery, it can often relieve pain and quicken healing and reduce down-time. In the case of an acute (recent) injury, the sooner the treatment, the better. Treatments while an injury is new may be more frequent and then subsequently lessened as symptoms decrease and healing takes place. Pain


Acupuncture often helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, allowing the joints to be less painful and more flexible. Chinese herbs can help to drain dampness from the joints, which is the Chinese diagnosis for rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a deficiency pattern and tonic building herbs are needed.

Back pain:

Back pain can be due to many factors, such as trauma or overuse. Acupuncture is a great way to relieve back pain. In addition, Chinese herbal lineaments are used topically on the affected area to move qi and relieve pain. Chinese herbs are often used for chronic pain, which is often due to a deficiency pattern.

Knee pain:

Knee pain is often treated effectively by acupuncture. And like back pain, Chinese herbal lineaments are also used to move qi and relieve pain. Torn or very damaged ligaments often require surgery, though acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to hasten recovery.


Sciatica is lower back and glut pain that travels down the back 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 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 then 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. 


What people are saying:

“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, Cheryl 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.”

Schedule Appointment or Free Consultation



Be Sociable, Share!