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Acupuncture is a safe and effective healing art backed by more than two thousand years of practice and research. It is used worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions from back/neck pain and sports injuries to symptoms of arthritis and carpal tunnel. Generally, people find an acupuncture treatment to be a relaxing experience. This is especially so after they get over any initial hesitation regarding needling.

The needles used within acupuncture are both sterile and extremely thin. Most people are surprised to see how thin the needles actually are. They range in width from approximately.14 mm to.30 mm, and in length from 15 mm (.5 inch) to 75 mm (3 inches). Generally, they are inserted about 1-3 mm into the body - deeper on fleshy areas such as the buttocks. The sensation you feel is generally fairly minimal. After the needles are inserted you are usually left to rest for a period of 10-30 minutes. Most people feel fairly relaxed during this period and many simply fall asleep. Based on your diagnosis and the style of acupuncture practiced by your acupuncturist, the initial treatment may use 3-10 acupuncture points.

In many cases your treatment may consist of points on the front and back of your body and may include your arms and legs. After the first 2-3 treatments, your acupuncturist should have a good understanding of your condition and be able to offer you a reasonable idea of how many treatments you will need. Many people feel some change in their condition immediately or within the first 2-3 treatments. Many times the changes are slow and somewhat subtle as the entire body begins to rebalance from the condition.

There are many resources which discuss acupuncture at varying levels. You can visit the research section at, for further information and resources concerning acupuncture and how it can help you.

Acupuncture is a great adjunct to chiropractic care and I am excited to now offer this service at Kimball Chiropractic. If you have not had an acupuncture treatment and feel it would help your condition, feel free to call or make appointment with Dr. Chad Spaulding at Kimball Chiropractic (320) 398-7900.