Acupuncture Services - Sister-RosalindAcupuncture is based on the belief that what happens to one part of the body affects all other parts of the body. It is the most commonly used system of healing in the world.

Acupuncture is not a “cure-all” but, can be effective in treating several conditions including chronic pain associated with arthritis, neck, lower back pain, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Acupuncture has also been used to treat problems that are not related to pain, such as:

  • asthma
  • hay fever
  • allergies
  • insomnia
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • menstrual problems
  • and more

How Many Needles Are Use? How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?

Two to 10 needles are usually used. The number of treatments depends on the problem being treated and on the patient’s response. Three to 10 treatments are usually enough. Some conditions may respond dramatically after 1 to 3 treatments. In some cases, repeat treatments every 4 to 8 weeks are needed.

Does Acupuncture Treatment Hurt

Acupuncture does not cause sharp pain but patients do experience a distinct feeling that is like a slight soreness, heaviness, numbness or a feeling of swelling. This is often accompanied by a pleasant feeling of drowsiness. At this point, the patient usually begins to have less pain. Generally there is minimal sensation. This is due to the extreme thinness of the needle, the sharpness of its point, and the dexterity of the practitioner in inserting it swiftly through the skin. Once the needle is in place, a sensation of a dull ache, a light electric current along the treated limb, to a nice heat may be felt.

Acupuncture Risks

Performed properly, acupuncture is one of the safest forms of therapy. Any time a needle enters the skin; there is a slight chance of infection. To eliminate this risk, we use sterile, disposable needles and take proper precautions. Before receiving acupuncture treatment, you should tell the doctor if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking medicine that may increase the risk of bruising. Also tell the doctor if you are pregnant as acupuncture has in fact been used to induce labor.

When will I See The Benefits

This is hard to predict. Many people get pain relief immediately; some people don’t feel better until the next day. A few people feel slightly worse for a day or so, and then they begin to feel better. This temporary worsening often means the patient is responding to the acupuncture. The pain relief may last for a few hours or several days, but it usually wears off. That is why repeat treatments are needed.

Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture Treatment?

Although acupuncture has gained acceptance in the medical community, some insurance carriers do not cover acupuncture. Check with your insurance company about the coverage and limits that you have. If you are unsure, our staff can verify benefits with your insurance company.

Our Doctors

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Appointments are available at our Burnsville clinic on Tuesday and Thursday and at our Highland Park clinic on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Our Acupuncturists are not employees of Sister Rosalind. They operate under their own business and separate tax identification number.