Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Rosehip oil isn't just for your face. It's been shown to have anti inflammatory properties that can help reduce joint pain. It can be a good alternative for those who can't take NSAIDs. 

In addition to lavender oil being calming and something that can help relieve anxiety, a 2012 study found that inhaling lavender oil helped relieve migraine pain. It's also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. 

Eucalyptus oil also has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2013 study found that it can lower blood pressure when inhaled. 

Suffering from IBS including abdominal pain? Peppermint oil can help with that (but consult your doctor first). It's also been shown to help relieve tension headaches when used topically. 

This article has 5 additional oils that have been shown to have pain relieving properties. 


Massage and Your Health

Massage isn't just for relaxation. Sure, it can improve stress levels and calm those jittery nerves but it also has the ability to help heal injuries. Some of the different massage techniques are listed on our site. The Mayo Clinic published an article discussing the benefits of massage for relieving a wide variety of issues including digestive disorders, headaches, and sports injuries. 

Some of the questions we get about massage include:

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit? 

Where will my massage session take place and what should I wear? 

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment? 

How should I expect to feel after my massage? 

These questions, their answers and more can be read on our massage FAQ page. 


Spring is here! Get on that bike!

We live in Portland and cycling is a part of our nature. There are some tips and things to watch out for as you get out there in this spring time weather. 

First, there's the fit of the bike. There are three main components to align for your body: frame height, seat position/ height, and handlebar height. For the frame, your leg length should be the primary factor that helps determine this. It should be easily straddled with both feet flat on the ground and an inch or two of clearance between the top of the frame and your crotch. On a mountain bike, you may want up to four inches for rugged terrain. 

Seat position and height should be determined while seated on the bike. Sitting on the seat with the ball of your foot on the pedal, at the lowest position of the pedal, your knee should be slightly bent. As for position, the seat should be level to avoid unnecessary strain on joints. 

Handlebar position should be determined by what is comfortable for the rider and feels like it's putting the least amount of strain on the joints. Higher is more comfortable and lower is more aerodynamic. 

In addition to fit, there are different types of bikes for different terrains. Choosing the right bike for your activity is important because they are designed for the impacts and rigors of the specific exercise. 

You can read more from the ACA here.

A New Organ!

 Scientists have discovered a network of fluid surrounded by connective tissue in the body. They are defining this network as a new organ, the interstitium, which they say could be the largest organ in the human body. With additional research, scientists are hopeful that they can explain how cancer spreads as well how healing techniques like acupuncture help heal. 

Read more about the interstitium. 

The Benefits of Integrative Medicine

The Mayo Clinic recently released a study about the health benefits of adding massage and acupuncture to your healing plan. The study found that not only is massage beneficial for pain relief, but with the therapist's hands on approach, they may be able to feel areas of pain not otherwise recognized. It also found that acupuncture can have similar benefits. When the acupuncturist is palpating to find sensitive areas, they may be able to find additional areas of soreness or other abnormalities and discuss them with the patient's physician. 

Read the full article here.


Acupuncture Benefits Beyond Pain Relief

Acupuncture has been prevalent in the news recently as an effective treatment for opioid addiction. This Forbes article explains how acupuncture not only relieves stress but it is reported to increase the levels of various chemicals in the central nervous system such as enkephalin, epinephrine, endorphin, serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine.

But did you know that acupuncture has far more benefits than pain relief and that associated with addiction?

 Photo: Aubrie LeGault

Photo: Aubrie LeGault

Sure, you all come see Melissa for your acute and chronic aches and pains but did you know that her treatments can also help alleviate insomnia, depression and anxiety, stimulate hormones to increase fertility, relieve menopause, reduce morning sickness and help with labor induction, and boost your immunity during flu season??

More reasons to give it a try can be found in this article by Mind, Body, Green and on our acupuncture FAQs page.