About Community Acupuncture
Imagine a large, quiet room with several people reclining in chairs and receiving acupuncture. That's community acupuncture. It's the response to a need that many people have expressed who would like to get acupuncture but cannot afford it. Community acupuncture offers low-cost care in a group setting. It offers easy access to acupuncture treatment, allows families and friends to be treated together, and facilitates the comfort of healing with others rather than in isolation.
Some people ask, "Why community acupuncture?" We resonate with the manifesto of Liberation Acupuncture:
- Because acupuncture does not have to be expensive in order to be effective.
- Because military budgets balloon while health care is cut.
- Because nothing breaks through the isolation of pain, illness and depression like healing in a room with other humans.
- Because our favorite way to spread the word about how well acupuncture works is to make it available to people.
- Because we are pleased to challenge the notion of value being attached to price.
- Because there aren't enough spaces where strangers switch off cell phones and slumber side by side.
- Because for thousands of years acupuncture has been practiced in groups.
- Because returning acupuncture to its roots makes us the happiest of humble radicals.
- Because the vast majority of us love our work so much we couldn't imagine doing anything else.
Some unique aspects to community acupuncture that you'll notice:
- You do not need to undress for your treatment. You just need to roll your sleeves up to your elbows and your pants up to your knees.
- Instead of an extended private conversation before your treatment, your acupuncturist will assess you quietly and briefly while you are in the treatment chair.
- You can stay for as long as you want in your treatment chair.
- You will not be the only person getting treatment in the room - you'll be part of a bigger healing process.
- You pay according to a sliding scale fee schedule - $15 to $35 - keeping in mind that you may need a series of treatments before you feel the results you want.
- If the cost of treatment is an issue, please let us know. We want you to come in for acupuncture frequently enough and regularly enough to really feel better.
- We don't bill insurances. If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we can give you a receipt to submit, but we cannot bill your insurance for you.
Some things you'll want to be aware of as you receive your acupuncture:
- Acupuncture is a process. Although many feel a difference after their first treatment, there's no "miracle cure". Most people need a series of treatments to get good results (which is why we use a sliding scale). If you don't come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won't work well for you. Your acupuncturist will suggest a treatment plan to you, recommending how many treatments you will need to get good results.
- You can bring, within reason, whatever you need to make yourself comfortable - such as earplugs or headphones. We provide blankets, but if you prefer your own, you can bring those too. Your personal belongings stay with you in the treatment room.
- Community needs some flexibility. Many different kinds of people enjoy coming here for acupuncture - some snore, some don't. We invite you to be tolerant of others.