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The Importance of Acupuncture And Massage for Back Pain

Acupuncture and Massage Relieves Back Pain


At Sirona Integrative Health, Hannah Grice understands that back pain can be debilitating and preventing you from living your life to the maximum. That’s why in partnership with IMMERSE Modern Massage, they offer a combination of acupuncture, holistic primary care and massage to help treat your back pain, as well as alleviate stress, and a way of returning your body back into flow with its natural rhythms with integrative and naturopathic medicine.

Best Acupuncture in Portland Oregon


Acupuncture is an Asian / Chinese form of medicine that seeks the restore balance to the body’s natural rhythms using thin needles inserted into specific points along meridians of the body, allowing circulation to flow to areas of the body that are restricted or stagnant. Massage helps to relax the muscles, improve circulation and increase range of motion. When used together, acupuncture and massage can be a great way to help treat back pain.

Acupuncture Helps Regulate The Nervous System


Acupuncture works by stimulating the release of endogenous opioid endorphins and neurotransmitters, releasing those natural feel good hormones to help relieve pain. Acupuncture also helps relieve stress by down regulating the sympathetic nervous system, making you feel calm. This brain body connection happens because acupuncture points are located in areas of nerves and mast cells, and can improve circulation when utilized correctly.

Acupuncture For Chronic Pain

Acupuncture is an evidence based medicine with thousands of years and research studies to back up it. One study found that acupuncture was associated “with moderate improvement in pain relief immediately after treatment and up to 12 weeks later” (Qaseem et al., 2017). This same study also determined that acupuncture was associated with moderately lower pain intensity and improved function when compared to a control group who received no acupuncture (Qaseem et al., 2019). Another study found that acupuncture and cupping could provide immediate relief of pain and disability associated with chronic neck pain or chronic low back pain (Kelly & Willis, 2019).

Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine

In addition to acupuncture, Sirona Integrative Health also offers Naturopathic Medicine and Holistic Primary Care for their clients to naturally reduce the source of inflammation causing pain and natural therapies to help restore the wisdom of the body’s own innate healing ability.


Integrative Holistic Primary Care

Holistic Primary Care integrates a whole body approach to health and wellness. By looking at each person as a complete individual, and all areas of health and wellness taking into consideration their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, that in its own way can provide more comprehensive and individualized care than traditional medicine can.

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Kelly, R. B., & Willis, J. (2019). Acupuncture for Pain. American Family Physician, 100(2), 89–96.

Qaseem, A., Wilt, T. J., McLean, R. M., & Forciea, M. A. (2017). Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Annals of Internal Medicine, 166(7), 514–530. https://doi.org/10.7326/M16-2367

Yuan, Q., Guo, T., Liu, L., Sun, F., & Zhang, Y. (2015). Traditional Chinese Medicine for Neck Pain and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE, 10(2), e0117146. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0117146

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Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!
  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!

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