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Acupuncture for Upper Body Pain

When considering acupuncture for upper body pain, individuals benefit from its holistic, personalized approach, proven effectiveness, and minimal side effects, offering a promising avenue toward alleviating discomfort and improving overall well-being.

We are proud to offer acupuncture therapy for a number of reasons. Acupuncture addresses the root cause of pain by promoting natural healing mechanisms, providing not just symptomatic relief but aiming for long-term improvement. As a non-invasive and drug-free therapy, acupuncture typically carries minimal side effects compared to pharmaceutical treatments for pain management.

Our certified acupuncturists create tailored treatment plans, targeting specific points to address individual pain patterns, enhancing the likelihood of positive outcomes. Acupuncture is often integrated into comprehensive wellness plans, and acupuncture complements other treatments to foster a holistic approach to pain management.

Seeking relief from upper body pain? Try acupuncture for personalized, holistic care. Book your session now to start your journey toward a pain-free life and improved well-being.

Meet Dr. Chase Waters: Our Upper Body Acupuncturist

Dr. Chase G. Waters
D.A.O.M., L.Ac., M.T.C.M., Dipl.Ac.


Dr. Chase G. Waters is a licensed doctor of Acupuncture & Botanical Medicine. He is nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed to practice in the state of Oregon by the Oregon Medical Board. He completed his Doctorate in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California where he studied Classical Chinese Medicine, Mental Health, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Waters completed his Integrative Medicine Internship and Residency at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California, in affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. During his residency, he received advanced clinical training through multiple rotations in Neurology and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Waters’ clinical practice experience has helped him realize the most important factor in the patient-provider relationship is the relationship itself. He strives to make meaningful connections with patients and meet them where they are and assist them in achieving their optimal level of health and well-being. His clinical specialties are Sports Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Trauma Therapy, and Psychosomatic Medicine. He utilizes a combination of traditional physical medicine modalities, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition counseling, biofeedback, and movement therapies such as yoga, tai chi, qigong and rehabilitative exercise.


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What You Can Expect From Acupuncture Therapy For Treating Pain:

Acupuncture can be effective for relieving upper body pain in many cases. Its efficacy varies among individuals and depends on the underlying cause of the pain. However, numerous studies and anecdotal evidence support its use as a complementary therapy for various upper body pain conditions, including:

Neck Pain:

Acupuncture has shown promising results in reducing chronic neck pain. It can help alleviate muscle tension, improve range of motion, and decrease discomfort.

Shoulder Pain:

Acupuncture may be beneficial for conditions like frozen shoulder or shoulder impingement syndrome. It can target specific muscles and trigger points to reduce pain and improve mobility.

Back Pain:

Upper back pain, often due to muscle strain or tension, can respond well to acupuncture. It helps relax muscles, improve blood flow, and reduce pain perception.

Headaches and Migraines:

Acupuncture is known to be effective in managing headaches and migraines, which can often manifest as upper body pain due to tension or referred pain.

Arthritis and Joint Pain:

Acupuncture can help manage pain associated with conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, providing relief in the upper body joints.

It’s important to note that acupuncture is often used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan and may not be a standalone solution. Its effectiveness can also vary based on individual responses and the skill of the practitioner. It’s advisable to consult with a qualified acupuncturist or healthcare professional to determine if acupuncture is a suitable option for your specific type of upper body pain.

Ready to find relief from upper body pain? Experience the healing power of acupuncture. Discover personalized, holistic care that targets the root cause of your discomfort. Take the first step towards a pain-free life—schedule your acupuncture session today and embark on a journey to better health and well-being.

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Why Choose PWC for Upper Body Pain Relief & Treatment?

Portland Wellness Care might offer acupuncture therapy for upper body pain due to several reasons:

Holistic Approach:

Places like Portland Wellness Care often take a holistic approach to healthcare, aiming to treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms. Acupuncture aligns with this philosophy by addressing the root cause of pain rather than merely managing symptoms.

Individualized Treatment:

Acupuncture therapy at such a facility may involve personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs. They might conduct thorough assessments to identify the specific points and techniques that could be most effective for your upper body pain.

Experienced Practitioners:

Facilities like Portland Wellness Care likely have experienced and licensed acupuncturists who are trained to target specific acupuncture points to address upper body pain effectively.

Complementary Therapies:

Such centers often offer a range of complementary therapies alongside acupuncture, creating a comprehensive treatment approach. This might include other modalities like massage therapy, physical therapy, or herbal remedies, which can work synergistically with acupuncture to manage pain.

Patient-Centered Care:

Places focusing on wellness and care often prioritize patient education and involvement in their treatment plans. They might provide guidance on lifestyle changes, exercises, or self-care practices to complement the benefits of acupuncture and promote long-term relief from upper body pain.

Always ensure that the practitioners are licensed and trained in acupuncture. Checking reviews or seeking recommendations can also give you insights into the quality of care and patient experiences at a particular facility like Portland Wellness Care.

Experience the freedom from upper body pain with holistic wellness treatments. Discover the natural path to relief and revitalized mobility. Take the first step towards a pain-free life today—let our skilled team of chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists tailor a personalized treatment plan just for you.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Upper Body Pain?

Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese healing technique, aims to alleviate pain and promote overall well-being by stimulating specific points on the body using thin needles. When it comes to treating upper body pain, such as neck, shoulder, or back pain, acupuncture targets various points to address the root cause and provide relief.

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. By targeting specific points related to the area of pain, it can help reduce discomfort and improve mobility.

The insertion of acupuncture needles into specific muscles can trigger a relaxation response. This can help ease muscle tension and tightness, common causes of upper body pain.

Acupuncture is believed to enhance blood circulation in the body. Improved circulation can help reduce inflammation, promote healing, and alleviate pain in affected areas.

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles, pain arises from disruptions in the flow of energy or “qi” along pathways called meridians. Acupuncture aims to restore the balance of qi, which in turn may alleviate pain and promote overall health.

The insertion of needles at specific points can stimulate nerves, triggering the body’s natural healing responses. This stimulation can also affect how the nervous system perceives and processes pain signals.

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Muscle Pain: Acupuncture is effective in relieving neck pain caused by muscle tension, stiffness, or strain due to poor posture, stress, or overuse.

Cervical Spondylosis: This condition involves degeneration of the cervical spine, leading to neck pain. Acupuncture can help manage the discomfort associated with this degenerative condition.

Whiplash Injury: Acupuncture can aid in the recovery process for neck pain resulting from whiplash injuries by reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

Cervical Radiculopathy: When nerve roots in the cervical spine are compressed or irritated, it can cause neck pain that radiates down the arm. Acupuncture may help alleviate this type of pain.

Arthritis: Neck pain due to arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis affecting the cervical spine, can benefit from acupuncture’s pain-relieving effects.

Tension Headaches: Acupuncture can also address neck pain associated with tension headaches by targeting muscles and trigger points in the neck and shoulders.

Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis): Acupuncture can help reduce pain and stiffness associated with frozen shoulder by promoting blood flow, relaxing muscles, and improving range of motion.

Rotator Cuff Injuries: Shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff injuries, such as strains, tears, or tendonitis, may benefit from acupuncture’s ability to reduce inflammation and aid in the healing process.

Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa sac in the shoulder joint can lead to pain and limited mobility. Acupuncture can help decrease inflammation and relieve discomfort associated with bursitis.

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: This condition occurs when the tendons in the shoulder become compressed, leading to pain and restricted movement. Acupuncture may help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain in this case.

Arthritis: Shoulder pain due to arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can be managed with acupuncture to reduce pain and improve shoulder function.

Referred Pain: Sometimes, shoulder pain can stem from issues in other parts of the body, such as the neck or upper back. Acupuncture can address referred pain by targeting related trigger points.

Muscle Strain and Tension: Acupuncture is effective in easing back pain caused by muscle strain, tension, or spasms due to overuse, poor posture, or stress.

Sciatica: This condition involves pain radiating from the lower back down the leg due to compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Acupuncture can help reduce sciatica-related discomfort.

Herniated Disc: Acupuncture may assist in managing the pain associated with a herniated or slipped disc by reducing inflammation and promoting the body’s natural healing processes.

Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease: Acupuncture can be beneficial for back pain caused by these degenerative conditions by reducing pain perception and improving mobility.

Scoliosis: While it may not correct the curvature, acupuncture can help manage the discomfort associated with scoliosis by reducing muscle tension and pain.

Postural Pain: Pain arising from poor posture, such as sitting for long periods, can be relieved with acupuncture by addressing muscle tension and improving circulation.

Spinal Stenosis: Acupuncture may help manage pain related to spinal stenosis, a condition involving the narrowing of the spinal canal, by reducing discomfort and promoting relaxation.

Chronic Back Pain: For individuals experiencing ongoing or chronic back pain, acupuncture can provide relief by triggering the body’s natural pain-relieving mechanisms and promoting relaxation.

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