At Rebound, our acupuncturists specialize in conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, acute and chronic pain, and other conditions related to injury or stress. Your acupuncturist will work closely with you physical therapist, surgeon, and primary care physician and communicate regularly about treatment goals and outcomes to ensure the highest quality of care.
Rebound integrates both physical therapy and acupuncture into your plan of care. Our collaborative team approach to your care is unique in central Oregon. When applied together as part of your treatment plan, the combination of treatments can speed up the rehabilitation process and support whole body wellness.
Acupuncture Can Help
- Reduce Pain and Inflammation
- Improve range of motion
- Reduce the need for medication
- Shorten overall recovery time
- Enhance the benefits of other therapies such as physical therapy
Our Clinical Focus at Rebound Physical Therapy
- Pain management – both acute and chronic
- Orthopedic injuries – including auto accidents and sports injuries
- Pre and post-operative care
- Stress and emotional balance
- Headaches including migraines
Acupuncture is one of the pillars of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and has been used for millennia to treat ailments of all natures, from allergies and seasonal illness to musculoskeletal disorders and acute or chronic pain. Acupuncture is a rapidly growing field that is becoming more available to patients in western medical settings as a very effective pain management tool. Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of ultra fine, sterile, single-use needles into very specific points on the body. Points are selected based on a combination of meridian theory based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and myofascial trigger or motor points as defined by western medicine. Acupuncture is a comfortable therapy that promotes circulation in the body to restore proper function.
Acupuncture treatment sessions may also include heat therapy, mild electro-stimulation, cupping, and Tui na (Chinese style massage and bodywork therapy).
Your first acupuncture visit is an opportunity for both you and your acupuncturist to talk about what you are looking for help with. Your acupuncturist will conduct a health history, asking questions that are relevant to your area of concern, and also about your general health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist may also feel your pulse and perform physical assessment tests to help determine the best way to approach treatment. After your initial consultation the acupuncture treatment will begin. Initial visits may last from 60-90 minutes.
The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. In general we usually need a minimum of one month to see significant results. Chronic conditions generally take longer to resolve than acute injuries. However, we expect to see noticeable change within the first few weeks in order to continue with treatment. The number of treatments per week will also vary due to the nature of the condition being treated. After your initial exam your acupuncturist will be able to give you a projected treatment plan and the plan can be changed according to your changing needs and the results you receive.
In Oregon there are many insurance companies that provide acupuncture benefits. The easiest way to determine if your policy provides you with acupuncture benefits is to call Rebound at (541) 382.7875. We will contact your provider and let you know if your insurance will cover acupuncture treatment. When you call please have your insurance information handy.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing
- Don’t eat a large meal before coming in for your treatment however a small snack before if great if you think you might get hungry
- Bring any questions you have concerning acupuncture, or your health condition
- After your treatment it is best if you make time to do something enjoyable and/or relaxing. You can engage in activity but it is best to avoid stressful situations.
- In between visits make sure to keep track of your progress. Write down anything you think is significant concerning your condition. This could be a change in pain level, energy level, sleep quality, or mood. It’s important to pay attention to your general health as well as this can give you additional clues to asses the value of treatment.
In Oregon, all licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.) must have attended a three to four year masters level program to qualify for licensure. In addition, all L.Ac.’s must pass several national board examinations and participate in continuing education annually to maintain their licenses.
Acupuncture Research & Best Practices have shown acupuncturists are effective in treating a number of conditions including pain, arthritis, headaches, and injuries. Below is a sample of research.
Acupuncture & Osteoarthritis: Acupuncture was a cost effective treatment strategy in patients with chronic osteoarthritis pain.” -European Journal of Health Economics, 2008
Acupuncture & Low Back Pain: There is strong evidence that acupuncture can be a useful supplement to physical therapy and should be advocated for the treatment of chronic low back pain.” -Spine, 2008
Acupuncture & Headaches: Acupuncture plus routine care in patients with headache was associated with marked clinical improvements compared with routine care alone.” -Cephalgia, 2008
Acupuncture & Total Hip and Knee Replacement: Acupuncture is a safe and effective adjunct to traditional methods of postoperative pain management after total hip and total knee replacement surgeries.” -California Journal of Oriental Medicine, 2005
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes 40 conditions that acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat. How Does Acupuncture Work? There are numerous models and schools of thought on how acupuncture works. Traditional Oriental Medicine asserts that the human body contains a system of pathways, similar to but separate from the nervous or circulatory systems. Qi (chi), the energetic aspect of all observable activity in the body, circulates through these channels or meridians. When the body is in a state of imbalance due to injury or chronic ailment, these pathways and the flow of Qi become blocked and pain or dysfunction may result. Western medical theories suggest acupuncture works to disrupt the perception of pain through modulation of the body’s pain processing mechanisms in the nervous system. General pain relief is also achieved by the stimulation of the body’s natural immune response and the release of endorphins and other hormones such as ACTH and oxytocin. There is a 72% correlation between acupuncture points as defined by Traditional Chinese Medicine, and western myofascial trigger points. Whichever system is applied, the aim is to reduce pain and muscle spasm, and improve general well being.
Jessica Belknap, L.Ac
A part of the health care field for almost 20 years, Jessica has extensive experience as both an acupuncturist and massage therapist in a variety of clinical settings. She joins Rebound after spending the past year working with orthopedic patients at an Occupational Medical Center. Prior to that, Jessica spent twelve years working for a Family Practice MD, as the primary referral for orthopedic conditions. While there, she saw patients varying from children to seniors with conditions ranging from sports and work injuries to chronic orthopedic issues.
Jessica has spent the last ten years of her career as an acupuncturist. Jessica received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA.
Through Orthopedic Acupuncture, traditional Chinese Medicine, ART (Active Release Techniques) and the Rolf Method, Jessica is able to establish a unique plan of care for each diagnosis. “I pride myself on being a present listener and personalizing treatment based on individual history and environmental factors to foster a dynamic treatment plan.”
In her time away from the clinic Jessica enjoys the outdoors and the beauty around her through running, climbing, and biking.
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Rebound Physical Therapy Acupuncture Testimonials
I have had neck and shoulder pain for many years. Since I started going for acupuncture my pain has greatly improved. I have much better range of motion in my neck, and muscle spasms rarely occur. I would highly recommend acupuncture. It has decreased my pain and the treatments are very relaxing. It definitely has a healing effect. – Linda
Once a skeptic, I am now a firm believer in acupuncture. I suffered for years with knees so painful that walking and standing for any length of time was impossible for me. Thanks to my treatments I go for walks, wake up pain free, and I can easily go up and down stairs. – Jennifer