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Traditional Chinese Medicine includes the practice of acupuncture. It originated in China thousands of years ago and is now experiencing worldwide acceptance.

According to Chinese Medical theory human beings have a natural flow of energy throughout the body. Several thousand years ago, Chinese physicians determined that this energy circulates in pathways, called meridians. Good health depends on the smooth flow of energy throughout these pathways, and pain and disease are caused by an imbalance, deficiency, or blockage of this energy. Acupuncture uses the insertion of extremely fine needles into points along the pathways to help balance the body’s natural energy. Well-balanced and freely circulating energy returns the body to its innate vitality.

Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions, however at West End Chiropractic we focus on treating specific conditions such as headaches, neck pain, and back pain to muscle tightness, numbness, tingling resulting from injuries and accidents..

Acupuncture is a very safe system of health care when done by a well-trained, licensed practitioner. All needles are sterile and used one time only. The risks of acupuncture are minimal and explained on the informed consent that you sign prior to treatment.

A treatment begins with an interview to gather information about signs and symptoms. At West End Chiropractic and Wellness we offer two types of acupuncture treatment, traditional and electrical acupuncture. Based on your goals, personal needs and the results of examination will determine what type of acupuncture treatment will be most beneficial. Needles are then inserted based on a diagnosis within the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The needles are retained for about 15-25 minutes. The needles produce some sensation, but generally not pain. Most patients feel very relaxed and even fall asleep when left with the needles and wake up refreshed and relaxed.

The number of treatments necessary varies according to the condition as well as the person. Acute conditions may respond with just a few treatments, while a chronic condition may require a longer series of treatments. Visits are usually scheduled one or two times per week depending on the needs of the patient.

It’s best to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes for your treatment, but if that’s not possible, we can provide you with a gown. Be sure to have something to eat before your appointment, to avoid feeling light headed. In addition, alcohol may interfere with the effectiveness of your treatment, so you will want to avoid its use before your appointment.

In Minnesota, health insurance generally doesn’t cover acupuncture, and is not likely to in the near or distant future. Many health insurance providers are decreasing their acupuncture coverage rather than increasing it. If your insurance covers acupuncture, we will supply you with a “superbill” that provides all the information you need to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

To schedule an acupuncture appointment at West End Chiropractic and Wellness call us today at

(952) 500-8477


Taylor Hoeschen

West End Chiro and Wellness has been taking excellent care of me for the past few years. They’ve helped me recover from and car accidents and continue to help me manage a chronic joint disorder. They are truly rockstars at keeping people healthy and in action. The doctors and staff are all very friendly and ready to help in several different forms of care. If you are looking to find a quality and affordable chiropractic provider in the Metro Area, West End Chiropractic and Wellness is the place for you!

Brady Knueppel

I have a few friends who go here and was recommended West End for my shoulder/ lower back pain. The staff has been nothing but amazing and friendly from the start! I see Dr. Andy for my adjustments and DJ helps me with my PT. They’re super knowledgeable and have helped keep me in check on the road to recovery! Highly recommend this team!

Julie Strantz

I was referred to West End Chiropractic at a time when things were status quo with my former chiropractor. The service and program Dr. Andy and his team have provided thus far have been incredible. They are so thorough and believe in a full program, which include adjustments, pt and stim work (even the appropriate, clean supplements!). No more migraines and I'm on my way to getting back into my running through realignment of my neck and back. I have already been referring them to everyone I know. So grateful.

Response from the owner 2 months ago
Julie - we are so happy to see the amazing results you have experienced so far and cant wait to watch your continued progress! Thanks for the review!

Tayler Camas

I have bounced around to and from different chiropractors since I was in high school. After getting introduced to the doctors at West End Chiro (I see Dr.John, but anyone at West End is phenomenal to work with!) my chiropractic experience totally changed. Hands down, best chiropractor. Their knowledge for preventative care has been so helpful for me. The supplements they’ve recommended have provided me so many health benefits, I won’t go back to life without them. You can feel the passion they have for preventative care - I felt relief and results after just the first visit and have stayed consistent since. I have a physical job and am very active, I couldn’t imagine going back to how I used to feel. They are truly the BEST and FULL service clinic. Try them out, you won’t regret it!

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