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    Don’t let the downtown location fool you. There’s plenty of convenient, FREE parking located just footsteps from wherever you want to be. Plenty of street and open-air parking is available. You may also park along the side and rear of the Union Building, where we are located. You may also take advantage of the closest municipal parking ramp located on Jackson Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Our location: The Union Building 229 Jackson St, Suite #134, Anoka, MN 55303. You CAN park in these reserved spots during your acupuncture treatments: Entering the Union Building from Jackson Street. Continue straight along the main hallway. Towards the end of the hall, Suite #134 is on your RIGHT-hand side. Entering the Union Building from the rear (northside) of the building, Suite #134 is on the LEFT-hand side.
    Duration of Appointments: Appointments may last 45-60 minutes, with needles retained for about 25-30 minutes. NEW Patient Paperwork: Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time to complete paperwork at your first visit. Dress: Please dress in comfortable clothing (shorts/sweatpants, tank tops/loose sleeves) or bring a change of clothing. Rooms are private, and you will have time to change if needed. New Patient Paperwork: Print the New Patient Paperwork at home and bring it completed to your 1st appointment. No printer at home? Arrive 15-20 minutes before your appointment to complete the paperwork in the office BEFORE your appointment time. The link for the paperwork can be found on our HOME page in the Upper Left Corner of the webpage.
    Expect to arrive early to your appointment, allowing 15-20 minutes to complete intake paperwork. You will be escorted to a private treatment room for your initial consultation with Dr. Nicky, DACM, which may last 10-20 minutes. You will be allowed time to ask questions, discuss your individualized treatment plan, and change clothing before starting your treatment. You will remain clothed and only expose areas that will receive sterile single-use needles. Areas commonly used are the lower legs, forearms, feet, and hands. We have table warmers that will keep you comfortable during your treatment. Appointments may last 45-60 minutes, with needles retained for about 25-30 minutes. Additional details may be found by reading Dr. Nicky's BLOG: Aftercare for Your Acupuncture Treatment.
    At your consultation, we will cover your health & wellness goals and decide the best course of action for you to meet them. Coming in regularly creates healing and results within the body. ​ Think of your acupuncture treatment plan as a new workout routine: it doesn’t take one day of exercise to shed 20 pounds and tone your body instantly. Acupuncture is “dose specific,” meaning it will require treatments spaced closer together when starting. In the beginning, a larger dose of acupuncture jumpstarts the healing process. Consistency is the key to health with acupuncture. The effect of acupuncture is cumulative, so you should see changes as you go through a course of treatments. Since acupuncture addresses the whole body's health, many people regularly schedule acupuncture treatments as a preventive measure to maintain good health.
    People often don't feel the insertion of the needles at all. The most common response from patients upon the first needles insertion is,"That was it?! But I didn't feel it." Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. A typical treatment uses 5 to 20 needles. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth. ​ Are there risks? The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Most people do not expereience side effects. However, the most common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. These low risks are why so many turn to acupuncture for their health.
    Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. These acupuncture points stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, and help to boost your body's natural immune system and painkillers. Needles are sterile, single-use, and not reused.
    Acupuncture is used to help with a variety of diseases and conditions, including: Acute Sprain/Strain Arthritis Athletic Enhancement Baker’s Cyst Bursitis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cervical Radiculopathy Coccygodynia Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Costochondritis Degenerative Disc/Joint Disease De Quervain’s Syndrome Facet Joint Syndrome Fibromyalgia Fertility Tension/Stress, Cluster, Sinus, Rebound, Migraine Headaches Herniated Discs Hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis IT Band Friction Syndrome Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica) Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow) Menopause Symptoms Menstrual Pain Morton’s Neuroma Neuralgia Occipital Neuralgia Paresthesia PCOS Peripheral Neuropathy Piriformis Syndrome Plantar Fasciitis/Fibromatosis Post Laminectomy Syndrome Postural Imbalance Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Reproductive Health Sacroiliitis/ SI Joint Pain Stroke Sequelae Surgery rehabilitation Rehabilitation from Major Fractures, Hairline & Stress Fractures Functional Scoliosis Shin Splints/ Tibial Stress Syndrome Shingles and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia Shoulder Impingement/Frozen Shoulder Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis Sprained Ligament(s) Strained Muscle(s) Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain Tendonitis/Tendonopathy Tenosynovitis Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Trigeminal Neuralgia Women's Health Whiplash ...and so much more.
    That is one of MANY acupuncture techniques in which Dr. Nicky, DACM, L.Ac., is trained.
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