Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing arts in China. It has been used as a major part of China’s healthcare for thousands of years. Western medicine has slowly been accepting and incorporating the use of acupuncture in treating diseases and disorders. When acupuncture is performed by a chiropractic acupuncturist, treatment is administered by a doctor trained and licensed in chiropractic who has done training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. The doctor will use acupuncture and the chiropractic adjustment in conjunction with each other to treat numerous conditions.

Acupuncture vs Dry needling

These two therapies are very similar, and often confused. Dry needling is the insertion of needles without injecting fluid into the body, hence the “dry” part of the name. The goal of dry needling is to release tight muscles, and can be a great treatment for trigger points, or muscle knots. Dry needling is primarily used to decrease muscle tension and stiffness, and decrease pain. Acupuncture on the other hand, is the insertion of needles into acupuncture points that are along specific meridians of the body.

How it works:

Acupuncture works through a variety of ways to promote tissue healing, as well as pain reduction. When acupuncture needles are inserted, the body registers them as an irritant. It is not enough of an irritant to cause inflammation, but it does alert the immune system in a way that allows the body to send in the immune response needed to help heal the tissue. Through this process it also helps to increase blood flow to the area, and relax tight muscles. Pain reduction works by two main processes. First is called the gait control theory. This theory says that the brain recognizes one source of pain. By inserting a needle, a fast sharp pain, your brain registers that, and ignores the chronic dull achy pain. The other main way pain reduction is accomplished is by modulating the nervous system. When needles are inserted your body releases natural pain killers that assist in the pain control process for a more extended relief. In special circumstances, Dr. Jessica may add in electo-acupuncture, which is another electrical modality to help amplify the response. Electo-acupuncture is especially helpful in the case of muscle spasms, or extreme muscle tension.

FAQs

Does acupuncture hurt?

It is common to feel the pinch of the needle as it is being inserted, but this pinch typically dissipates within a few seconds. In some instances, when a tissue is already in an irritated state some points may feel more sensitive than others. For example, if your low back is hurting, and hurts to touch, putting a needle in that spot may feel more painful. This pain typically dissipates within a minute or two. At times you may feel a deep achy sensation, pressure, numbness, tingling, heaviness, or warm sensation. This is known as Deqi sensation, and is an important part of attaining the sought after analgesia (pain relief).

How long does a session take?

Different conditions require different lengths of treatment, but typically you will lay comfortably with the needles inserted for 20 minutes. You can plan to be at the clinic for about a half hour to complete the whole process.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients report feeling light headed, or a little dizzy. This is usually mild, and often feels like being woken up from a deep nap. Some patients will feel tired after the session, and usually sleep very well the night of the treatment. These symptoms are not usually long lasting, nor are they too severe to interfere with your day.

How many sessions will I need?

This is very dependent on the condition being treated, and how your body responds to the treatment. Sometimes patients have great relief with one session, while others may require 6-8 session. After a thorough history and exam Dr. Jessica will have a treatment plan in place, and will be able to address this with you.

Locations

Office Hours

Rosemount

Monday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

West Concord

Monday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

Closed

Wednesday:

Closed

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

  • "This is an amazing clinic! Dr. Curt helped me with my low back and hip pain brought on by pregnancy, and made me feel completely comfortable the minute I met him. Very nice, knowledgeable, and truly interested in any issues I have going on. Best of all, there was NEVER any pressure to set up future appointments or sales pressure from anyone there. This is the only clinic I will ever go to from now on!
    Amazing doctors!"
    - Jolene / Rosemount, MN
  • "AMAZING DOCTORS! I had terrible pain in my knee for weeks. It hurt to go up and down the stairs, it hurt and ached driving to work and even just sitting. I was in constant pain. I went in to see Dr. Nick and he knew exactly what I needed and put me back in place. Dr. Nick does a wonderful and thorough job.
    Loved going to these guys"
    - DRT, Rosemount, MN
  • "I have loved going to these guys for years but failed to consult them on a big problem from last summer. I went to my physician who had me go through many tests and had no answers or relief! At my last appointment I mentioned it to Dr. Nick who asked me why I hadn't come in earlier. Good question! After one appointment I felt great relief, not to mention finally getting an answer!

    My problem: Pain in the muscle under my left breast. It was constantly bothering me. I made changes in my clothing, had a mammogram, an ultra sound and numerous consultations. Never once did they recommend a chiropractor. Dr. Nick traced the rib to my back and located the problem area in one appointment!

    Recommendation-Don't wait to get a second opinion! These guys are amazing and I highly recommend them!
    Great people and great doctors"
    - Brenda H., Rosemount, MN
  • "Great people and great doctors, I have seen Dr. Nicholas for two different problems, this last one was giving me so much pain! He is great after one visit there has been alot of improvement with my arm and alot less pain. He and his dad have taken great care in finding the correct way to take care of me. If you have never been to a chiropractor or have had a bad experience please give them a try you will never go anywhere else!

    WORTH YOUR TIME, MONEY AND THE RELIEF YOU CAME FOR!"
    - Rose, Rosemount, MN