Oriental/Acupuncture


Matthew Priebe, L.Ac, MSOM

Meet Matthew Priebe

Matthew graduated from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, MN in 2010 with a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

After obtaining his degree and training, Matthew worked in a private practice in Brainerd, MN.

Principle Areas of Practice:

Arthritis
Acute and Chronic Pain Management
Fibromyalgia 
Migraines/Headaches
Cancer Supportive Care

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 4,000 years ago, acupuncture is a method of encouraging one’s body to heal naturally and improve it’s function.  This is done by inserting needles into very precise, high energy acupuncture points.

How does Acupuncture work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body.  When this energy becomes blocked, the result is pain, discomfort, or disease. With acupuncture needles, the obstructions are cleared, allowing the energy to flow freely and returning an individual to a state of balance.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Is Acupuncture safe?  Are there any side effects?

One of the many benefits of acupuncture is a very safe practice, with very few side effects.  All needles are sterilized, individually packaged and disposable. We do not reuse acupuncture needles.  
The most common post-treatment complaints bruising and minor needle pain.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

People experience acupuncture differently, but most people little to no pain as the needles are inserted. Some patients feel a slight ‘Qi’ sensation when the needle is inserted. These ‘Qi sensations’ range from warmth or tingling, to a brief ache or heaviness in the area being needled. Many people describe the treatment experience as deeply relaxing.

How much training is involved for Acupuncturists?

NCCAOM licensed acupuncturists receive over 3000 hours of training from an accredited school to become licensed.  They must also pass a three national examination to become NCCAOM certified. Many other health professionals receive minimal training in acupuncture and often call it “medical acupuncture”,  or “dry needling”. this is NOT Chinese medicine.

How often should I be treated?

Typically, treatment occurs twice a week. If the condition is acute and painful, the practitioner may want to do treatments 3 times per week for the first couple of weeks.  Biweekly treatments versus single weekly treatments tend to achieve faster relief with longer lasting effects, so that fewer treatments are needed less often. Eventually, occasional maintenance are all that is recommended.  

How soon can I expect to feel better?

Each person is unique, thus will respond to acupuncture differently.  In general, you should start to feel improvement within 3-5 sessions. If the problem is minor and acute, sometimes improvement is felt after a single treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve.  With chronic long standing conditions, it often requires several treatments to notice improvement.

What is cupping?

Cupping is the process placing cups directly on the skin while removing the air within, which creates  suction. Cupping is beneficial at releasing muscles which have become knotted and painful. Cupping often leaves bruises where the cups are placed – this is normal and temporary.  

What is Tui Na?

Tui Na is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine massage that stimulates the body’s meridians and muscles through a wide range of techniques such as:  kneading, rolling, pressing and rubbing.  

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Reach us Monday through Friday from 8am to 5PM. We’ll be happy to answer questions and get your appointment scheduled promptly.

907.328.2920

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