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Akasia Nelson, DAc, LAc, MAOM, DIPL. OM

An expert in acupuncture and dry needling for pain, injuries, rehabilitation, sports medicine and peak performance.

Dr. Akasia Nelson specializes in advanced needle techniques for treating sports injuries and enhancing athletic performance. Her expertise combines traditional acupuncture with modern dry needling approaches, offering a comprehensive solution for pain management and functional recovery.

Dr. Nelson’s approach integrates precise needle therapies with a deep understanding of human physiology and biomechanics. Her skillful use of both acupuncture and dry needling allows her to effectively target pain, accelerate healing, and improve function for athletes and active individuals.


Dr. Nelson’s areas of expertise include:

  • Sports injury treatment and rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture and dry needling for pain
  • Performance optimization for athletes
  • Myofascial trigger point therapy
  • Orthopedic needle techniques

At San Francisco Acupuncture Group, Dr. Nelson develops tailored treatment plans that leverage the strengths of both acupuncture and dry needling, ensuring comprehensive care for a wide range of athletic and musculoskeletal conditions.


A Northern California native, Dr. Akasia Nelson’s passion for human physiology and movement led her to specialize in needle therapies for sports medicine. She holds a B.S. in Human Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture with a focus on Integrative Pain Management from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Dr. Nelson’s commitment to athletic care is evident in her advanced training, including completion of the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Training series and certification in Myofascial Trigger Point Acupuncture & Dry Needling.

Experience with Athletes

With extensive experience treating both professional and recreational athletes, Dr. Nelson has honed her skills in Boston, working with high-level runners during marathon training. Her personal dedication to fitness, including running and strength training, enhances her understanding of athletes’ needs and treatment goals.

Professional Approach

Dr. Nelson is dedicated to helping patients recover and return to peak performance. She excels in collaborative care, working alongside physical therapists and other specialists to provide comprehensive treatment plans. Her approach combines evidence-based needle techniques with a deep appreciation for the body’s natural healing processes.

Professional Affiliations & Experience

  • California Acupuncture License
  • Massachusetts Acupuncture License
  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Advanced Training in Dry Needling and Trigger Point Therapy