Alternative Medicine

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A Jab Well Done

Outside In’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine Services (CAMS) offers patients affordable options that improve overall health. These services complement rather than replace conventional Western medical care and help people reduce the symptoms of a variety of health conditions including pain management, addiction, and stress.

Service We Provide

CAMS offers a range of services, including chiropractic treatment, acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Our practitioners work closely with you and your other doctors to fully understand and address your health needs from a holistic perspective. The goal is to provide exactly the care you need, when you need it.

Outside In partners with the National University of Naturopathic Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the University of Western States to provide patients with evidence-based treatment options. Our health experts focus on you, your health, and your priorities.

To make an appointment, please call 503.535.3860.


Chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation, uses gentle pressure and the weight of the body to restore joint mobility, alleviate pain, and ease muscle soreness. Chiropractic treatment is typically recommended for the following conditions:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Sprains of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee
  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Carpal tunnel, sciatica and other neuropathies
  • Arthritic back and joint pain
  • Fall risk reduction, using balance training exercises and movement
  • Wellness and preventive care including pain management, fitness and weight loss

Patients may sometimes experience mild soreness after treatment (just like after exercise), but it usually goes away within 12 to 48 hours. Compared to other common treatments for pain management, such as over-the-counter or prescription medication, a chiropractor’s holistic approach offers a safe and effective option for many patients.


Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body to balance the body’s energy, or “chi.” The treatment is often recommended for the following conditions:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Osteoarthritis knee pain
  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Spinal conditions
  • Irregular blood pressure
  • Digestive and menstrual pain
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Substance use withdrawal

Acupuncture is relatively painless, though some patients describe a brief tingling sensation when the needles are inserted. The needles remain in place between 10 to 30 minutes and rarely draw blood. With very few side effects, acupuncture is a safe and effective option for patients who want to improve their overall health from an Eastern approach.

Success Stories


Through Outside In’s guidance and support, I was in my own apartment completely self-sufficient within a week.


If you met me today, you might never imagine I spent countless nights sleeping under the Burnside Bridge.


As a patient at Outside In, the dignity, compassion, and respect that I was shown by staff truly had a lasting impact on me and directly resulted in me wanting to get involved in helping my community.


Outside In made me want to be around excellence. Outside In shaped me. It taught me how to be kind to people less fortunate.


When I came out as trans and reached out to the community for help, everyone had something good to say about Outside In.


Through these connections I was able to get into school and graduate as a Certified Medical Assistant