I can?t recommend Pacific Northwest Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic enough, and here?s why:
I had TMJ pain for many years and I took a heavy-duty muscle relaxant prescribed by my doctor as well as over the counter painkillers to manage it. The medication temporarily dulled the pain, but never made it go away and had the side effect of leaving me in a constant dull and drowsy state. After years of this cycle, although I was very unhappy about it, I had resigned myself to thinking that this was what the rest of my life would be like.
My daughter suggested that I try acupuncture. I was hesitant since I thought that Eastern medicine was strange and hocus-pocus-y but eventually decided that I had nothing to lose by trying. I set my skepticism aside long enough to make an appointment with Marianna. It turns out that I had everything to gain!
After two acupuncture treatments, I was able to stop taking my medications cold turkey. I no longer had the jaw pain that had tortured me for years and, just as important, I was able to emerge from my medication fog. I get a monthly ?tune-up? treatment just to make sure that the pain doesn?t return as well as occasional treatments for other aches and pains that come along with being at a ?mature? age. I can?t imagine going back to pharmaceuticals to manage these issues because the only side effect I?ve ever had from acupuncture is that I feel fantastic!