Acupuncture Services and Treatment in West Des Moines, IA

Acupuncture Services

  • Traditional Acupuncture

  • Dry Needling

Acupuncture Services FAQ

The thought of needles can be unsettling for many new to acupuncture, yet the experience is typically minimally invasive and not associated with pain. The needles used are extremely thin, facilitating a treatment that many patients describe as either not painful or only slightly uncomfortable. It’s not unusual for our patients to experience relaxation deep enough to fall asleep during a session. Our team prioritizes your comfort and constantly communicates with you to make adjustments as needed.

Acupuncture is recognized for its capacity to support the body’s own healing mechanisms. This holistic approach is effective in managing a diverse array of ailments, including but not limited to chronic pain, stress, digestive complications, and neurological issues. By aiming to balance the body’s energies, acupuncture serves as a comprehensive method for promoting health and wellness.

Dry needling is a technique that specifically targets muscle pain and tightness. This treatment involves the precise placement of needles into tender muscle points or “trigger points” to ease muscular pain and stiffness. Contrary to broader-focused traditional acupuncture, which seeks to balance energy pathways within the body, dry needling is aimed directly at localized areas of discomfort.

The duration of an acupuncture session can range from 30 to 60 minutes, depending largely on the nature of your treatment objectives and the specific therapies included in your treatment plan.

The appropriate number of acupuncture treatments varies widely among patients, influenced by factors such as the severity of the issue and individual responses to acupuncture. Your initial evaluation will help us outline a personalized treatment schedule, estimating the number of sessions likely needed to facilitate the best outcomes.

Coverage for acupuncture treatments is increasingly common, yet it varies by insurance provider and individual policy details. We recommend contacting your insurance company to verify coverage specifics and understand any out-of-pocket costs you might expect.

Struggling with relentless discomfort, recurring health issues, or stress that’s undermining your well-being? Step into Ashworth Chiropractic in West Des Moines and unlock the healing potential of acupuncture—a time-honored remedy blended seamlessly with modern medical insights.

Acupuncture isn’t just about treating symptoms; it’s about fostering a deep sense of wellness and recovery tailored to your life. Our clinic specializes in creating targeted treatment plans that directly address your specific concerns, whether they’re physical pains or emotional stresses. Our expert acupuncturists use a gentle touch in a non-invasive approach, ensuring you receive care that not only heals but also revitalizes. Reconnect with your body’s natural ability to heal and leave feeling refreshed and balanced.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture at Ashworth Chiropractic begins with a thorough evaluation of your unique health conditions, which helps us craft a personalized treatment plan. Utilizing one of the oldest and most globally recognized forms of healing, our treatments aim to restore balance and promote natural healing.

Your acupuncture treatment plan primarily involves:

  • Needle Insertion: Our acupuncturists insert ultra-fine needles at specific points across the body. These points, known as ‘nodes’, are areas with a high concentration of neurovascular bundles. Stimulating these points promotes blood flow, releases natural painkillers, and relaxes muscles, which helps reduce pain and stimulate the body’s innate healing abilities. This process effectively impacts various bodily systems, including pulmonary, cardiac, nervous, endocrine, immune, and genitourinary systems, fostering overall health and restoring homeostasis.
  • Dry Needling: This method targets myofascial trigger points, which are sensitive knots within the muscles that contribute to pain and movement issues. Dry needling involves inserting needles into these trigger points to alleviate pain and restore normal muscle function. Unlike traditional acupuncture, which treats broader health issues, dry needling is specifically used to reduce myofascial pain and improve muscular function.

Acupuncture and dry needling at our clinic not only aim to alleviate specific ailments but also engage the body’s natural healing processes by stimulating the peripheral nervous system. This stimulation differs from chiropractic care, which primarily influences the central nervous system.

Our approach to acupuncture is collaborative, requiring your active participation and dedication to the treatment plan, ensuring that you achieve the best possible health outcomes. Our experienced practitioners are committed to providing a gentle and effective treatment experience, making the process as comfortable as possible, often to the point where patients may not even notice the insertion of needles.


Many people in the US are initially skeptical of acupuncture because it is not well understood or there is a perception of pain with the process of treatment. Acupuncture is relatively painless and the practitioner and patient are in constant communication during the insertion of the very thin needles. Many times the patient does not even know the procedure is happening and often will fall asleep during treatment. Even those with an aversion to needles will find they have little to no issue with acupuncture treatment.

Dry needling should not hurt but sometimes can be mildly painful. The amount of pain is usually due to the experience of the practitioner doing the dry needling and the technique used. Chiropractors trained as acupuncturists tend to have a softer touch and perform more comfortable needling due to training and experience.

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