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Fascial Counterstrain

The origin of fascial counterstrain began with an Oregon osteopath, Dr. Jones, about 50 years ago.  He discovered that when a painful or inflamed tissue is put into a position of ease, shortening the tissue, the pain would resolve, and with it the inflammation would decrease.  More recently an osteopathic physical therapist, Brian Tuckey, began mapping out on the cranium areas of dural tension that relate consistently to tender points on the body itself which indicate tension on a tissue in that area.  It could be muscle, ligament, bone, blood vessel, or nerve.  Directly slackening that tissue resolves the tension on the corresponding spot on the cranium and the tender point on the body, the normal flow of blood and lymph is restored, the inflammation clears and the pain resolves.  This system is used to treat chronic conditions and pain and the resolution is long-lasting.  Examples include musculoskeletal conditions throughout the body, trauma (emotional or physical), digestive dysfunctions, headaches, poor immune function, post-Covid sequelae, arterial diseases and peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, edema, scar tension, postural abnormalities, dizziness and tinnitis. 

The treatment is gentle and relaxing, painless and enjoyable.  After even one or two treatments patients find lasting improvement in conditions they have tolerated over time.  With more treatment deeper health issues can be addressed.    The combination of acupuncture and counterstrain together is sublime and extremely effective.  



Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.


Qigong means "life energy cultivation" and is traditionally seen as a method to cultivate and balance qi. The practice involves rhythmic movement, focused breathing, and concentrated awareness. Qigong is a safe and gentle meditative exercise that promotes healing of the mind and body.


Shonishin is a safe, specialized, mostly non-insertion form of pediatric acupuncture that infants and young children find comfortable and even fun. Children's health conditions change rapidly, and dramatic results can be achieved with the lightest treatment in just a few minutes. Rather than needles, gentle tools are used for tapping, stroking, and gentle stimulation of the skin. It is most appropriate for symptoms of acute illness, ear infections, allergies and asthma, eczema, indigestion, constipation & diarrhea, colic, failure to thrive syndrome and general weak constitution.


Other Therapies - Dr. Janice Halteman, DAOM, LAc in Portland, OR

Janice Halteman offers Acupuncture in Portland, OR

Dr. Janice Halteman, DAOM, LAc offers safe, effective Acupuncture in Portland, OR

Other Therapies - Dr. Janice Halteman, DAOM, LAc in Portland, OR

5216 NE Everett Street Portland OR 97213