Treatable Conditions

IMG_2523Because we have many different types of medicine represented at Watershed, and each practitioner has areas of special expertise, you may find it most useful to check out the modality pages to explore how each can help you.

If you would like a general idea of the types of conditions typically treated by our practitioners, you can use the following list to guide you. Not all types of medicine at Watershed will treat all conditions well, or at all. There are MANY MORE symptoms, disorders and experiences that can be helpfully treated by Watershed modalities than are listed here. You can learn more about what we treat on the pages listed above, through articles on our blog, through our Facebook and Twitter pages, or by reaching out to ask about your situation via email or phone. We are here for you!


A condition of emotional or mental tension usually accompanied by worrying, imagining negative scenarios and stress. Anxiety is on a spectrum from mild to very severe, including panic attacks. Acupuncture is known to have positive effects on symptoms of anxiety. Many people also find the relaxation and pain relief aspects of massage to be helpful in managing anxiety symptoms.


Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. There are many types of arthritis. In general they are either auto-immune or over-use related. Some examples are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Bad sleep quality

Sleeping through the night, but waking feeling unrested or even more tired than when going to sleep!

Cancer Pain

Many types of cancer are accompanied by deep and severe pain that is not helped by normal pain medications. Some types of cancer treatments may also involve body aching and pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel is a compression within the carpal tunnel in the wrist. You may feel pain in your wrists accompanied with loss of sensation in your fingers or weakness in the hand.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A complex of symptoms without recognized cause in Western medicine. Most importantly involves persistent, deep fatigue that is not helped by any common treatment.


While constipation may seem like a symptom without much consequence, your body needs that flow moving smoothly.

Bowel movements that are difficult to pass.  Can vary in severity from slight dryness after a meal all the way to no bowel movements for many days.

Crohn’s disease

Chronic inflammatory condition of the digestive system usually characterized by bowel movements with mucous and blood accompanied by significant abdominal pain.

Couperose Skin

Skin appears red and flushed, particularly on the face and neck, due to dilated red blood vessels. Could lead to early onset rosacea. Triggered by, but not limited to, caffeine and alcohol intake, diet, and harsh weather conditions.


Depression can range from a few days of persistent sadness to chronic debilitating loss of interest and joy in life. Depression is often treated with pharmaceuticals that alter the biochemistry of the brain.


Loose bowel movements can vary in severity from minor, occasional looseness to explosive, watery and painful bowel movements.

Dry or Oily Skin

Dry skin, caused by internal dehydration, harsh products, environmental pollution, lifestyle, or genetics. Skin can be flaky, dull, lacking in circulation and moisture.
Oily skin describes an overproduction of sebum (oil) that is usually determined by genetics and/or lifestyle, or climate. Skin can be greasy, uneven tone and texture, and leads to clogged pores which result in acne.


Fatigue transcends normal “tiredness” when you feel tired when you shouldn’t – for instance without any vigorous activity, after having had plenty of sleep, etc…


A syndrome recognized by Western medicine that involves unrelenting, unexplained pain all over the body with specific sensitivity at certain points in the body. Pain is usually debilitating enough to prevent normal function and is typically medicated. However, there is no known cause of the syndrome and most treatments are only somewhat effective.

Frequent waking

Going to sleep is unproblematic and waking several times during the night for whatever reason, but able to get back to sleep when trying.


Ranging from minor tension headaches all the way to full blown migraines, headaches can be on any part of the head. They can be caused by stress, muscle tension, dietary problems, dehydration, chemical changes in the brain, changes in temperature, fatigue and other causes.

Hyper Pigmentation

Darker than average patches that appear all over the body, particularly the face, hands, neck, and chest. Caused by excessive sun exposure, hormones, misuse of skin care products, allergic reactions, or natural aging factor.

Insomnia – not sleeping

A chronic condition characterized by the inability to sleep when a person wants to sleep. Can either be a failure to fall asleep, or a tendency to fall asleep and wake up hours later with an inability to get back to sleep.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Chronic digestive disorder characterized by often frequent urges to have bowel movements, usually accompanied by alternating constipation and diarrhea. Usually involves significant pain and avoidance of social situations due to the embarrassment associated with frequent bathroom trips.

Lower back pain

Lower back pain, often called lumbago, often is experienced as an achiness or sharpness in your lower back or hip area. It’s very common in people who sit a lot, older people, and people who frequently lift heavy things.

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is carried by certain kinds of ticks. Lyme disease presents with a variety of symptoms. Acute Lyme disease usually is accompanied in initial stages by a round or bullseye rash at the site of the bite followed flu like symptoms, headache, and fatigue. The disease can go into a long-term infection afterwards, usually with profound neurological consequences.

There is some evidence to suggest that chronic low level infection by Lyme may be behind many vague and unexplained chronic diseases.

Mild to Moderate Acne

Pores can become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, or environmental pollution, resulting in an inflammatory response that turns into a “pimple” or “zit”.

Muscle pain

Muscle pain is usually associated with overuse of the muscles or chronic postural patterns that are not balanced. Muscle pain can also be associated with outside influences such as trauma to the body or certain illnesses and diseases.

Nausea from Chemotherapy

Many chemotherapy treatments have nausea as a side effect. This can range from minor, occasional problems to persistent, pervasive problems that impact eating and digestion.

Neck pain

Some examples of different types of neck pain are whiplash, torticollis, occipital pain (pain at the base of the skull). Neck pain is often associated with poor posture due to holding your head not in alignment with your spine.

Sciatic pain

Sciatica, when used as a lay term, means pain down the back of the leg. True sciatica is compression or inflammation of the sciatic nerve.

Sensitive Skin

Many products and sensations can irritate or harm this delicate skin type, due to nerve activity or previous illness or injury. Careful choices of products and course of treatment in key to sustaining the health of sensitive skin.

Shoulder pain

Rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, overuse injuries, strains and sprains, complications from bad posture – all can cause pain in the shoulder.


A sprain occurs when the ligaments are damaged. Ligaments are the connective tissues that attach bones to each other. Sprains are often more serious and are usually from outside trauma such as a fall or getting hit during a sporting event.


A muscle strain is when you injure the muscle tissue itself or the associated tendons (attaching muscles to the bone) – contrasted with sprains. Strains are usually from over stretching or over-contraction of the muscle.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

This is usually characterized by numbness or tingling in the fingers. It usually stems from an impingement of the cervical nerves. there are a few place in which this nerve bundle can be impinged. You will often experience numbness or tingling in half of your hand due to paths that certain nerves follow.

Don’t see your condition listed here? Don’t worry, we still may be able to help! Contact us for more information.