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What is Amma Therapy? By an Amma Therapist

There is often confusion about what exactly an Amma Therapist is. Let me begin with this: you are your own greatest healer. An Amma Therapist’s job is to help facilitate that process to help you go as far you can.  Amma is a holistic health modality that has been around for thousands of years and has proven itself time and time again. It is highly revered and those who become lineage carriers are much honored. Many generations before us have entrusted this legacy.

Since Amma Therapy uses bodywork and use acu-points, we are licensed massage therapists in the state of Oregon. We have additional education and certification in Amma Therapy. Our particular approach is a Korean lineage with roots in Chinese medicine. This makes a great blend of both Eastern and Western methods. Not only are we moving Qi (energy) in the body, but we are also considering a person’s current nutrition and lifestyle. Based on that person’s needs, nutrition, lifestyle, herb or supplement recommendations are made.

Short term results can very. Some people may leave a treatment feeling revitalized while others feel a very calming effect. In a nutshell, Amma Therapists are there to help turn on your body’s responses and guide the process towards better health.
Amma Therapy has brought me the capacity to be aware of all aspects of my life: Mind, Body and Spirit. I love being a part of a modality that dives in deep and treats the person as a whole. This is a complete scope of practice that has given me the tools to be authentic and grounded in my practice. The results have been positive changes in both me, my family, my friends and my clients. While Amma may be seen as “just” my chosen career, it is a way of life. I feel extremely honored to be a part of this lineage.

Written by Kirsten Tankersley, Certified Amma Therapist, LMT# 23058


Benefits of Integrative Care During Pregnancy

If you are experiencing discomfort during pregnancy you are not alone.  As your body grows to accommodate your baby, it is very common to experience various degrees and types of discomfort such as lower back pain or sciatica.  Common discomforts include low back pain, pelvic pain, hip pain, sciatic pain, along with many others.

Chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture are all safe and effective treatments for both you and your baby throughout your entire pregnancy.  At D’Vida, all our health care providers are trained and experienced working with pregnant moms. Various techniques used at the clinic including the Webster technique have shown to be very effective to decrease joint and muscle pain, promote a healthier pregnancy, reduce the time of labor and delivery, and lessen the chance of having a breech baby and need for a cesarean delivery.

At D’Vida, we not only have special techniques to help keep moms safe and comfortable during treatment, but tools such as pregnancy pillows to help them as well.  Our specialized pregnancy pillows provide space for your growing belly and breasts, allowing you to lie face down comfortably.  Yes, you have the rare opportunity to lie face down!  Pregnant moms who take the time to visit our office during their pregnancy will find that their overall pregnancy can be more comfortable and enjoyable as they keep their bodies and their babies healthy.  As your belly continues to grow, do not hesitate to call our office to have all your questions and concerns answered.   

Written by Dr. Breanne Rhodes, DC

An Integrated Approach in Chronic Pain

Have you ever heard people talk about the emotional connection in chronic pain? This is something that previously would have been laughed at, and now most people are accepting of the idea that the physical and emotional components of a person are interwoven.

Traditional Chinese medicine tells us that long-standing emotional patterns can cause stuck ‘qi’, essentially a blockage in your energy. In acupuncture theory, each organ in the body is connected to an emotion as well as a meridian that runs through the body. Because of this interior/ exterior connection, blockages in the meridians can lead or contribute to long-standing emotional patterns. Because long-standing emotional patterns affect the way that Energy circulates in the meridians of the body, they can contribute eventually to postural problems in the individual . In turn, the structural and postural imbalances can further perpetuate the emotional pattern that is being held in the body and mind /spirit (called Shen, in Chinese medicine).

One of the reasons that medication such as NSAIDS (ibuprofen & tylonel), or steroid drugs may be a less effective treatment for chronic pain is because they fail to address that an individual is material but is made up of energy (qi), and mind/spirit (Shen).

An acupuncturist will look at at the mental /emotional self, and address how a person’s posture, daily activities, diet and habits may be contributing to chronic pain. Because of the integrated approach that acupuncture  takes, it has been so successful in treating chronic pain.

Written by Michelle Whittaker, LAc

Do I need a referral to see the chiropractor or for massage therapy?

No, you do not need a referral from your MD/DO or primary care provider to visit a chiropractor.  In fact, chiropractors are recognized as a type of primary care provider in Oregon.  On the other hand, you will typically need a referral for massage therapy if insurance is involved.

A chiropractor can prescribe massage therapy treatments for you.  Many clinics such as ours has chiropractic and massage therapy, therefore, you can see the chiropractor and get referred to massage therapy.  The benefit of seeing a chiropractor who has massage therapy at the same clinic is that they can work as a team. The chiropractor can let the patient know how many times a week they need to be seen and what areas to work on.

Written by Dr. Tony Rhodes, DC