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Acupuncture in Johnston

We offer a whole-body approach to care. In addition to chiropractic care, Schultz Chiropractic & Acupuncture offers acupuncture to all those in need. We use acupuncture to restore balance in the body and keep you well.

Unlike traditional approaches to health care, acupuncture is a method of balancing the body’s energy by specifically placing small, hair-thin needles under the skin. By inserting these needles under the skin at specific points, we are able to induce chemical changes in the body. These chemical changes ultimately reduce the effects of illness.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Throughout the past several years, acupuncture has become an increasingly popular way to relieve pain. It stimulates the body to produce chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. They help block pathways that relay pain signals from the body to the brain. In addition to more comfort, acupuncture promotes relaxation and biomechanical reset of internal regulation systems.

Acupuncture improves energy and biochemical balance, allowing your body to heal naturally. It reduces pain and inflammation while increasing both physical and emotional health.

Acupuncture therapy session
While it has not always been widely accepted, acupuncture has now been proven to address both acute and chronic conditions. The World Health Organization has recognized several benefits of acupuncture as it relates to a variety of medical conditions. These include

  • Digestive problems
  • Respiratory complications
  • Neurological disorders
  • Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive issues

  • Muscular disorders
  • Addiction
  • Insomnia

If you relate to any of the above conditions, you might be a good candidate for acupuncture. Be sure to contact our practice for more information. Whether you are a new patient or existing patient, we are happy to help you decide if acupuncture is right for you.
When it comes to proper healing, early and correct diagnoses are important. Before we make any decisions regarding your individual plan of care, we want to better understand what is going on inside your body. To do this, we will have an in-depth conversation about your health history and current health as well as complete a non-invasive physical examination.

We want you to know what to expect during your first acupuncture session. After meeting with Dr. Schultz to review your past health and present health, he will take a closer look at your physical well-being. He will then preselect acupuncture points for your unique condition. These points are based on traditional acupuncture protocols.

Once Dr. Schultz selects your acupuncture points, he will visually share with you his plan of action and move forward with the procedure.

We understand that those who are new to acupuncture may be nervous about potential pain during care. We are here to reassure you. While it depends on the individual, most patients report little to no discomfort as the needles are inserted. There is also no significant discomfort once the needles are in place. In fact, many patients do not feel them at all.

Unlike medical needles, acupuncture needles are designed to penetrate the skin without disrupting pain receptors. They do not pierce the skin, but rather, they pass through the pores to gently enter the area of focus. They are also very fine. For reference, it would take two or three acupuncture needles to fill a standard hollow medical needle.

Similar to chiropractic adjustments, the frequency of acupuncture sessions varies depending on the patient. For more complex cases, regular sessions may be necessary. In other cases, however, only a few sessions may be sufficient.

For complex or long-standing conditions, we might recommend one to three acupuncture sessions per week. As progress is made, sessions will become less frequent. Most acupuncture sessions last anywhere between 10 minutes to half an hour. You will likely feel immediate pain relief. If not instant, you will begin to feel better within a few hours or days following care.

Here at Schultz Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we are confident in our gentle, specific approach to acupuncture. A high percentage of our patients respond well to acupuncture and see noticeable improvement following care. Though it is most often used to address musculoskeletal issues, acupuncture has many benefits. It is a natural way to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms as well as restore range of motion to limited areas.

Whether you want to try to quit smoking or simply control pain, we have something to offer you.

Talk to Us

We want to hear from you! If you are an existing patient and think acupuncture might be a good option for you, be sure to let us know. If you are a new patient seeking acupuncture Johnston, we are more than happy to give you more information and help you schedule an appointment.

You have one body and one life to live. Why continue to live in pain and discomfort? Contact us today to take advantage of this proven alternative to traditional medical care. Our practice looks forward to helping you get started.


Acupuncture Johnston, Urbandale, Ankeny, West Des Moines IA | (515) 270-2924