Michelle Arms

Call the OCOM Clinic at 503-455-0950 to schedule an appointment.

Hello there! I am an acupuncturist specializing in sports medicine. My goal is to help your body heal itself through a variety of modalities including nutrition, shiatsu, tuina, acupuncture, cupping, and mobilization. I love working with all types of sports injuries whether acute and chronic!

I graduated in 2020 from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (MAcOM), and I have a Bachelor of Science in Cellular Molecular Biology. I like to combine Western medicine and Chinese medicine theory to provide the best course of healing for the individual. I believe this allows me to meet all patients where they are at, and to collaborate care with other medical professionals involved in the healing process.

My first experience with Chinese medicine involved receiving treatment for shoulder and neck pain from a motor vehicle accident. Initially skeptical of what a few needles could do for such intense pain, I quickly became a fan of the medicine! Where other treatments had previously failed, acupuncture reduced my pain significantly within two to three visits! I thought to myself that this was what I wanted other people to experience.

Sports medicine isn’t just for the athlete. It involves the treatment of anyone with physical injury to his/her body. Oftentimes, when left untreated, an injury can lead to chronic pain and stiffness. It can impact quality of life by limiting the ability to work and socialize. It can even impact processes such as digestion! I can help you when you are in the acute (beginning) stages of injury, as well as help reverse some of the limitations that have come about by injury progression.

When I treat patients, I focus primarily on two philosophies.

Philosophy 1: An immobile body must be mobilized in order to heal. Injuries that prevent the use of one part of our body can eventually lead to decreased function in the rest of our body. I work with the patient through acupuncture to reestablish the healthy flow of Qi and Blood throughout the being. This is assisted with cupping, gua sha, shiatsu, and tuina. Depending on the type of injury, I tailor the type and intensity of treatment to the individual. During bodywork and/or acupuncture, we also focus on mobilization of the affected area to gradually increase use and circulation over time.

Philosophy 2: Nutrition deeply impacts healing. Inflammatory foods lead to inflammation in the body. I will work with you to create a diet that promotes healing of acute and chronic injuries, while maintaining your food satisfaction!

When I am not in the clinic, I enjoy hiking with my husband, Tyler, and reading all the fantasy novels I can!

I look forward to meeting you soon, and helping you along your healing journey!