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Telehealth appointments

My online booking is temporarily closed – please CALL ME to make an appointment or ask any questions.

If you are fully vaccinated, or can be socially isolated for the two weeks before your appointment, I’d love to see you in person! You can read about the safety protocols here: http://rosecityacupuncture.com/blog/soft-re-open/ If that’s not possible for you, we can do a telehealth session over a HIPAA-compliant secure videochat. We’ll focus on immediate relief plus long term strategies. I can also teach your loved ones how to work on you. This will be a full hour (half hours for very simple or followup appts) of customized information and instruction for you, including:

  •  discussion of possible causes of your issue(s) and identify lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your pain, stress, etc.
  •  acupressure, both self-applied treatment and lessons so you can use it in the future
  • medical massage lessons, so you can treat yourself and your loved ones
  • teaching your partner / housemate how to do acupressure or medical massage for you
  • nutrition counseling to reduce pain and speed up healing
  • movement instruction – including rehab exercises, to build strength and mobility, and stretches (did you know I used to be an ACE-certified personal trainer and bodybuilder?)
  • anxiety and trauma self-care solutions
  • explanations of what’s happening in your body and brain, in easy-to-understand language
  • help with assessing / adjusting ergonomic setups (work space, sleep, etc)
  • help with reframing your internal monologue

This list is bound to grow, as I discover new ways to help you!
Some patients like to take notes, but I will send you an email afterwards with links to information we talked about, acupressure points, etc. so you don’t have to worry about remembering everything.

Call, text, or email me to schedule! 

I invite you to check out my reviews on Yelp and Google. Here are a few recent ones:

JG: 5 stars

Sharon treated me in a virtual appointment for autoimmune issues (I am not strictly isolating and I respect her safety measures). Not only did she help with acupressure and nutrition advice (which has improved my issues tremendously), she was very considerate of my autism-related communication needs. Thank you so much for the valuable help!

RS: 5 stars

Sharon is a wonderful practitioner, compassionate and dedicated. Even during the time of coronavirus she was able to help me with a virtual session deal with some pulled muscles and give me feedback on stretches, diet changes and other things that would help me move better. It was so great to have access to that and to be able to consult with her. Highly recommend.

AK: 5 stars

I set up a virtual appointment with Sharon for pain in my feet that my other doctors haven’t even talked to me about. Since we are in quarantine Sharon showed me self massage and pressure points that I could do to manage my pain. After only one appointment my feet feel SO much better!

DG: 5 stars

Sharon is the most wonderful, caring, and knowledgeable therapist I have ever seen. She’s the best of both Acupuncture and Manual Therapy all wrapped into the perfect package. I have seen a large handful of other medical therapists and she is the only one who has been able to help with my chronic pain. My only wish is I lived in the same town so I could see her more regularly. I saw her last weekend and when I got home my Physical Therapist exclaimed “who is this woman and where can I find her?!? You look great!”

UPDATE: I ended up taking a week off of work to stay in Portland and get treatment (I live in Spokane, Wa), and a few follow up sessions over the next couple months. After three years struggling to find anyone to help, she finally helped me be pain free in a matter of months!! Anytime I do anything stupid to reinjure myself, I know where to go. There are no words to express my eternal gratefulness for this kind hearted healer. 💕

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. I’m here for you!

Sharon

Soft Re-open

My online booking is temporarily closed – please CALL ME to make an appointment or ask any questions.

I’m currently seeing strictly isolating and fully vaccinated people in person. Masks are still required. Definitions are spelled out below.

I’m happy to be treating people again! Because many of my patients fall into the higher risk categories, I am taking all possible precautions to reduce our exposure to Covid-19. If you can’t isolate or get vaccinated, read about my telehealth appointments here!

Here are the full details. PLEASE READ THIS COMPLETELY BEFORE MAKING YOUR APPOINTMENT.

1) Changes to the office (the Oregon state guidelines are here https://assets.documentcloud.org/…/OHA-2342F-Phase-One-Reop… )

UV-C air sanitizers have been placed in each room.
Plastic sheeting is under the linens, and is sanitized between each patient. Of course sheets will continue to be changed between each patient, as always.
A touchless thermometer is used to test all patients. Temps above 99F cannot be treated.
There is a touchless hand sanitizer (alcohol) dispenser in the waiting room for your use.

2) My actions:

I’ll be wiping down surfaces between each patient.
I’ll be masked and gloved. I’m wearing clothing coverings that can be changed between patients, as recommended by the Oregon Medical Board.
You’ll get an automated email screening the day before you come in. Please complete it, every time. If you are sick, have had any symptoms in the past 2 weeks, or have been exposed to someone you know is sick in the past two weeks, I cannot treat you.
I have touchless methods of payment (credit cards via square, paypal, venmo). I can also take cash, but will not have change handy. The cash will simply go into quarantine.

Hugs are not happening.  I will miss that part of our time together, but the Vulcan salute or jazz hands will have to do for now.

3) Changes you’ll make:
You will need to wear a mask, and keep it on the entire time. I have a limited number of cloth masks to loan you, but if they are used / not yet laundered, I won’t be able to see you.
Please do not bring your entourage. Although I usually enjoy seeing your family and friends, I am limiting companions to those needed for medical disability or language translation.
If you arrive early, please wait in your car or outside the building. I will not be able to take you early. Please keep in mind I am spacing patients apart both for extra cleaning time in between, and to allow potential air particles to settle.

Once you are on the 5th floor, please wash your hands in the public bathrooms. There is a single ADA bathroom as well as men’s and ladies’ rooms on my floor. Please use a paper towel to open the bathroom door and the door to my office.
Please limit unnecessary touching of surfaces (leaning, etc).

WHAT I NEED FROM YOU:

“Fully vaccinated” means two weeks past your second shot (or single J&J shot).

If not fully vaccinated, please limit your potential exposures in the two weeks before your appointment.

PLEASE DON’T go into buildings like grocery stores (I’ve been using Fred Meyer curbside pickup- they don’t charge for it and you can usually get same-day slots), eat at a restaurant, or go to a bar or gym. Stay away from people you aren’t living with. If you do have to venture out, wash yourself and your clothes when you get home. Remember that exposing me means also exposing the rest of my patients, including the medically fragile. Please be considerate and careful.

PLEASE don’t make an appointment if you (and spouses, parents, children, or anyone else you live with or have contact with) cannot stay isolated before coming in.

If you are in a high-risk group, remember I am in a large office building with shared HVAC. The good news is that represents a small risk rather than a large one, but I am working on getting out of my lease so I can move to a more secure place.

I know this all sounds like a lot.

I know this is scary.

By being smart about this, and taking precautions, we can get back to normal life as soon as possible. 

Ok, now that you’ve read all that  please call / text (503-964-3422) / or email me with options on when you’d like to come in (sharon@rosecityacupuncture.com).

COVID-19 & office tour

UPDATE: WHOOPS…. while I was typing this, a state mandate went out to shut down all non-emergency healthcare providers (to preserve personal protective equipment). I’ll see you soon… stay healthy! <3

Yes, I am still open (for now).

1) As always, I only see one patient at a time. It’s safer than picking up food “to go” at a restaurant.

2) It’s been my policy for years to refuse service to people with anything contagious. This is even more important now! If you are sick, or have been exposed to anyone who’s sick with anything contagious, please stay home.

3) I have the time to throughly clean surfaces between each contact with my current reduced number of appointments.

4) All my social plans have been cancelled. I am basically only going out to go to work. I feel this is important for both your health and mine.

Obviously if I find out I’ve been exposed to anyone who later became sick, I would shut down the office. In the meantime, I am hoping to continue to provide care for those who need it.

Please let me know if you have any questions! By the way, I am running reduced hours, so if you want to come by to get a gift certificate, CBD (tinctures are great for anxiety), or pain relief products like salves or the topical anti-inflammatory spray, please contact me first to be sure I’m here.

Virtual office tour here!

Dazed and confused…

Purely coincidentally, I’ve had two patients in the past two days with the exact same complaint: Lightheadedness / confusion / disassociation from the body. One had gone to get an MRI and X- rays, but everything came back fine. One had severe neck pain, one didn’t.

Both had had dental work recently. Imagine lying back at an awkward angle for a long time, while tense…. Sure enough, both had upper cervical (neck) vertebrae out of place. The bones were cutting off the blood supply to the brain!


I treated both with acupuncture and medical massage, relaxing the muscles and gently easing the vertebrae back into place. Both patients reported instant improvement. Please remember this next time you have a headache / confusion following dental work, or any other stress on your neck.


Note: Chiropractic would have jammed the bone back in place, but not treated the cause of the problem – the tight muscle pulling on that bone – so the misalignment would be likely to return. I prefer to work upstream, on the neurological and muscular system. My method also avoids that whole risk-of-stroke thing (!).

Continuing education!

Last weekend was a full two days of continuing ed – 5 classes! Two were based in Chinese philosophy: Ghost points (used here to treat intrusive thoughts, or “haunting” memories) and Korean 4 needle technique, which is based on the elements. Those two weren’t really clicking with me, but I thoroughly enjoyed the three on Sunday. One covered the energetics of food, and how to adjust your ingredients to match your health needs and the seasons. One covered important legal aspects of running a practice (HIPAA, security, malpractice, etc). But the best one covered my favorite topic of all – the nervous system. Keep an eye out for a followup post that will explain in detail, but the short version is this: In chronic pain conditions, the brain thinks you are being continually damaged, and amplifies its reporting of pain above what’s physically happening in your body. By understanding the how and why of this, we can stop the ramping up and quiet the alarm bells. This both reduces the amount of pain you perceive in the moment, and allows the movement you need to heal. I’m really excited about incorporating this into both my practice and my personal life.

I’m giving myself a raise.

I’ve put this off for a long time… I’ve only raised my rates once (6 years ago) since I started practicing 15 years ago. I prefer to stay accessible to *all* people, but my rent keeps going up and my student loans are still horrific. So, starting July 1st, my new rates (which remain on the low end for my industry) will be as follows:

An hour of acupuncture and medical massage: $100

4 pack of hour sessions: $360 ($40 off)

A half hour of acupuncture OR medical massage: $60

5-pack of half hours: $270 ($30 off)

Birthday hours will retain their $20 discount, for $80. Smoking cessation and Returning Veteran treatments will still be free.

Any packages purchased at the old rates will be honored. In fact, feel free to stock up before July 1st, if you like. Thank you, and I look forward to serving you all for the next 15 years!

Tinnitus

Tinnitus (ringing or roaring in the ears) is one of the few things I can’t reliably treat with acupuncture. It can be mildly irritating or absolutely maddening, depending on the frequency, volume, and pitch.

Here’s a use-at-home method that just requires your hands. I can’t test it personally since I don’t suffer from tinnitus, but two of my friends who do reported this gave them temporary relief. I suspect it has to do with the impact affecting the vagus nerve. Anyway, here’s the video: Good luck!

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