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Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is a powerful medical treatment. It is the insertion of thin, filiform needles into points on the meridians or channels, which run all over the surface of the body. Katrina is skilled at getting the needles past your skin with little or no discomfort for you.  The needles are retained for 15- 20 minutes and a typical treatment often involves a face up and face down treatment. Cupping therapy, moxibustion, massage and gua sha are often used to consolidate and finish treatments. Chinese meridian based acupuncture is utilized to treat symptoms and complaints of virtually any body system. People who seek care with Katrina do so for conditions as far ranging as low back pain to infertility, from chronic headaches to dizziness to the common cold and allergies. Most conditions improve after the first treatment, but a series of treatments is often required to sustain the positive effects. Katrina’s patients consistently report reduction in pain or symptoms and an increased sense of well being after each treatment.

Research is still needed as to how acupuncture works but certain measurable effects are known. Namely these are: nerve sensations that travel from the local point to the brain, blood flow increase, regulation of the hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis which is a major pathway for homeostasis (health), strengthening the immune function of the body.

Acupuncture is based on Chinese Meridian Therapy. The meridians connect all areas, organs and surfaces of the body to each other. This is why Katrina might place a needle in your foot or hand first in order to address a headache. Katrina is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Minnesota, she has been licensed in Texas and Oregon as well. Katrina completed her four years of Master’s level training in Chinese Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

It is important to note that in the state of Minnesota chiropractors are allowed to use needling therapy after 100 hours of “acupuncture related training.” Chiropractors may choose to market this service as “acupuncture.” Katrina completed 3,505 hours of formal training and took 4 nationally approved board examinations in order to become a practitioner who can truly offer the full scope of Chinese medicine. Beyond this, Katrina completes 60 continuing education credits every four years in order to remain certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Katrina is a level one certified practitioner of Neuroacupuncture, a powerful form of Chinese scalp acupuncture for the treatment of neurological conditions. She has also trained in obstetric acupuncture so that she can bring another choice for pregancy and postpartum care to the families of the greater St. Cloud area.