Acupuncture is a gentle treatment for pain

Acupuncture has been used for the treatment of pain and other ailments for more than 4,000 years.

It is one of the oldest continually practiced medical modalities in the world.

Even the Mayo Clinic reports on Acupuncture’s effectiveness:

“At Mayo Clinic, acupuncture has been used successfully for pain management, postoperative nausea, anxiety relief, drug addiction, insomnia and headaches, to name a few.”

Acupuncture is a safe, time-tested, chemical and drug-free way to stimulate the body’s remarkable self-healing abilities.

In fact, acupuncture has become an important part of integrative cancer care in many of the most prestigious medical centers, including Harvard’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Why would Harvard, Stanford and the Mayo Clinic all offer acupuncture treatment to their patients?

Because it works.

Scientific studies have demonstrated many different ways that acupuncture works, including increasing our body’s natural pain killers (endorphins and dynorphins).

In Asian Medicine we say that acupuncture is used to restore the correct flow of chi (energy) in the body.

Severe pain, for instance, is considered to be the result of a blockage in the flow of chi, and acupuncture points are chosen to free up the blockage.

This concept can sound a bit foreign to Western ears, so I  like to translate this idea into terms more people are familiar with.

Most people know that blood carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, and that if cells don’t receive proper blood flow, they cannot thrive.

We also know that stress inhibits the natural repair mechanisms of the body.

Acupuncture has been shown to increase circulation to damaged tissues, relax muscles, reduce stress, and stimulate the body’s natural healing ability.

And It’s Not Just About Relief From Pain…

It’s true, acupuncture has been used successfully to treat many of the ailments that have afflicted human beings over the centuries.  Millions of people every year use acupuncture to …

  • Improve allergies,
  • Fight fatigue,
  • Ease nausea,
  • Balance mood,
  • Enhance athletic performance,
  • Increase fertility,
  • Benefit overall health and wellness…

However, the simple fact is that most of  my patients seek acupuncture to find relief from their pain.

Neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain. Pain in their joints.  Pain in their sinuses.  Pain in their abdomen.  Even mental pain and stress.

Often, because of pain, their activities are limited, they’re exhausted, frustrated, even angry.

They wake up in pain and toss and turn at night because of pain.

And when they come to me, they have one thing in common…

They want their pain to go away

I understand pain.

I had severe back pain in my early 20’s and Chinese Medicine is what healed me. It’s why I became an acupuncturist.

And perhaps (like many of my patients) you also want relief from your pain but other therapies or treatments haven’t delivered the results you were looking for.

Maybe your medications are offering some comfort, but you’re concerned about the side effects of long-term use.

Acupuncture offers you the possibility of feeling bettergetting on with your life, and leaving the pain behind – without the risks often associated with prescription medications.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Many people relate needles with the experience of going to the doctor’s and getting a “shot” (usually starting when we were too young to even understand what was going on).

Fortunately, there is no connection between an acupuncture treatment and getting a shot from a doctor or dentist.

Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and do not hurt when inserted

Acupuncture needles are hair-thin (or thinner). In fact 40 or more acupuncture needles can fit into the opening of the needle you got your shot with.

And patients rarely have any discomfort with needle insertion. In fact the needles are so comfortable that…

A majority of my patients actually fall asleep during their treatment. 

Depending on your condition and health challenges, needles remain in place for 15 to 45 minutes. During a treatment, I may gently stimulate the needles manually, apply soothing heat with a ceramic lamp at a safe distance, or use mild electrical stimulation.

The goal is to:

  • Improve circulation in the body
  • Promote the body’s intrinsic ability to repair and regenerate tissues…
  • And send signals through the nervous system that “reset” the faulty signals that keep the pain cycle active.

This results in improved sleep, more energy, better focus, and improved quality of life.

Is acupuncture covered by health insurance?

In Washington State, most insurance companies cover acupuncture.  The amount of copay/co-insurance depends on the insurance plan, but typically runs from $10 to $30 per visit.

My clinic is a preferred provider for most insurance companies including:

Premera, Lifewise, Aetna, Regence, First Choice, Uniform,  and Kaiser Permanente.

Why Work With Me?

When choosing an acupuncturist, experience counts.

And the simple fact is that over my 25 plus years as an acupuncturist I’ve successfully treated hundreds of patients.  That’s one reason Providence Western Washington Oncology chose me to work in their Integrative Cancer Care program.

I’ve dedicated my adult life to the study of healing.  I’m constantly researching new approaches to the ancient art of acupuncture.  Part of my calling is to help bridge the gap between Eastern and Western healing techniques, and bring the best of both worlds into the clinic.

When you visit my acupuncture clinic in Olympia, WA you’ll be treated with courtesy and respect in a comfortable, professional and calm environment.

What’s the next step?

I encourage you to call me to find out if acupuncture is right for you.

I’ll be happy to spend some time with you on the phone discussing your situation and will give you an honest and fair assessment of whether I feel acupuncture could be helpful to you.

You can reach my office at: 360 – 943- 0306

In addition, you can read what my patients say about me, learn more about my background and explore this site to discover more about one the worlds oldest and most effective healing practices.

To your health and vitality,

Jim Stegenga, L.Ac.