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About Our Clinic
What makes community acupuncture different than other acupuncture?
Most US acupuncturists treat patients on tables in individual treatment rooms. At Minnesota Community Acupuncture patients are treated while relaxing in recliners in a large, open space. We practice a style of acupuncture which mostly uses points in the hands, feet and head to treat problems anywhere in the body – meaning we will probably treat pain in your back by placing tiny needles in your hands. We never place needles where you are experiencing pain. Click here for a video on Community Acupuncture
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture was developed in China over 2,500 years ago to treat illness and prevent disease. The practitioner inserts thin, sterile, disposable needles in designated points in the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. By needling these points, the nervous system is stimulated into releasing chemicals and stimulating the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals reduce pain and inflammation, and influence your body’s immune system to restore balance.
What can I expect?
Each patient reacts to acupuncture in their own way. Some patients respond to acupuncture more quickly than others. Some patients experience a significant reduction in their symptoms after one or two treatments.
Unlike the hypodermic needle used in a doctor’s office which is large and hollow, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin. They are inserted to much more shallow levels, usually no more than a half-inch, and most needles cannot even be felt.
We only use sterile, single use, disposable needles which are destroyed after use according to state and federal laws.
All of our acupuncture practitioners are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. In addition they have completed a three year Master’s program and passed the NCCAOM board exam for certification in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture.
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