Rochester MN Hospitals, Alternative Medicine and Wellness

An overview of health and wellness options in Rochester, MN from medical care to preventative and personal care.

By Stephanie Stewart-Howard on January 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm EST
Rochester Athletic Club in Rochester, MN

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The Mayo Clinic remains the best-known name in health in Rochester, offering various sources for healthy living in the city of more than 100,000 residents. Other quality institutions provide care as well, including Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary's Campus and Methodist Campus. The city’s focus on wellness also embraces healthy living concepts, from working out to chiropractic and massage.


Mayo Clinic serves not only the immediate community, but patients requiring specialty care from all over the world. The clinic employs more than 30,000, with branches across the northern Midwest, and campuses in Florida and Arizona.

Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) is a source of primary patient care, including family practice, OB-GYN and pediatrics, says Jeremy Saluka of OMC’s marketing and communications department.

“We have a very symbiotic relationship with Mayo,” he says. “[Mayo] is largely tertiary and specialty, we’re primary, with a smaller patient population served in a very personal fashion. We’ve treated many generations of some families and embrace the role of community medical providers, here and in our branches in other communities.”

Alternative Outlets

Chiropractic and massage care are readily available for those looking for therapeutic effects. Back To Health Chiropractic Clinic offers chiropractic care, massage and acupuncture, while Northgate Chiropractic Clinic also offers chiropractic and massage, as well as cold laser therapy. For chiropractic, designed clinical nutrition, nutrition response testing, acupuncture and sport injuries, Brennan Family Chiropractic is a popular local choice.

Rochester’s many day spas and massage specialists offer myriad wellness choices, including spa treatments to refresh and rejuvenate. Shiatsu Wishing Well; Lilac Wellness Center; Just Relax Massage & Spa; Hair Studio 52 & Day Spa; City Looks Salon & Spa; BodyWise MassageSola Salon Studios; and Salon Chic and Day Spa all can provide relief from daily stress.

“I’d say consumers know more about the value of massage in relation to health now. They're more informed,” says Jessi Huxsol of City Looks Salon & Spa. “It’s not just relaxation, they’re looking to deal with challenges with muscles, sports-related problems, circulation, depression – there’s so much massage helps with beyond just stress.”

Working Out

Wellness includes fitness, and specialized fitness venues thrive in Rochester. There’s the Rochester Area Family YMCA9Round, Empowered Wellness, Rochester Athletic Club and Northgate Fitness & Wellness Center to choose from, among others, where residents can indulge in their favorite form of physical activity, from swimming to weightlifting or kickboxing, maintaining a healthy weight as well as muscle tone and cardiovascular health.

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