Before we start…here’s what you can expect.
We want you to know that our goal is to offer you affordable, compassionate, integrative health care to enhance your body’s natural healing process. Although acupuncture treatments are tailored to an individual’s needs, there are some general things you can expect:
1) If your health issue is acute, or just started, you can expect to respond to treatment rather quickly.
2) If your issue is chronic or repetitive in nature, treatment will take longer. This is normal for natural healing. Once your health has improved, monthly or quarterly treatments help to maintain wellness.
Acupuncture is more effective when it is done frequently and regularly. We do all we can to make it possible for you to get the most effective outcomes, including adjusting our payment system. We charge between $15-$35 per treatment to make it financially easier for you to receive the treatments you need to feel better. We can do this by offering you treatments in a calm, relaxing, community setting. That’s where we got the catchy phrase “community acupuncture”.
What is different about community acupuncture?
1) We offer treatment in a community setting
Acupuncture in Asia usually occurs in a community setting. Here we use reclining chairs in a quiet, soothing space. Treating people in a community setting has many benefits, like it’s easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together and it feels good to relax and heal with other people. Many say it’s like group meditation. It also makes it possible for us to offer you treatments that are reasonably priced.
2) We use a sliding scale fee schedule
A lot of acupuncturists see one or two patient per hour and charge $50 to $175 per treatment. This allows for the acupuncturist to make a living, but most people cannot afford to pay that much. We make acupuncture affordable for you (and can still pay our bills) by treating more than one person at the same time for lower prices. We want to make it possible for you to receive enough acupuncture to help you to feel better.
Because of the numerous policies insurance agencies have regarding sliding scales, we do not bill insurances. However, if you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we are happy to give you a payment receipt so that you can submit it to your insurance. People who have flex-plans provided by their employers have found this to be a useful way of being reimbursed, too. The feedback that we get from many people who have insurance that covers acupuncture is that our prices are comparable to their co-pay.
Will it hurt?
Many people on their first visit do not feel the insertion of the needles. Since acupuncture is a stimulation therapy, it is not uncommon to feel some sensation. Many report feeling a deep or distending feeling at the point of insertion which lasts for a short amount of time - this is called "de qi" and is therapeutic.
The needles can stay inserted for 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on how you feel. Soothing music in the background will help you relax. Many people even fall asleep.
What to Expect After Treatment
Individual response to treatment varies. Your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours or even develop after 1 to 3 days.
Since everyone is different, it is difficult to state definitively exactly how many treatments will be required. In general, acute conditions of recent onset may only require a few treatments. Chronic conditions usually require more treatments to achieve sustained results. With chronic conditions an initial course of 8-10 treatments is recommended, during which an assessment is made to see how acupuncture helps your condition. Most people begin to experience results within the first few treatments. If there has been no response to the acupuncture after 10 treatments, it will likely not work and other approaches should be considered.
It takes a community to make this work and this is what we need from you:
We are not a primary care clinic. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment to integrate with Western biomedicine, but it is not a substitute for it. We can provide you with great acupuncture, but for conditions which require a physician’s attention, please follow up with your doctor.
The community setting requires some flexibility from everyone. The soothing atmosphere of our space exists because everyone creates it by quietly relaxing together. This kind of collective stillness is a rare and precious thing in our rushed and busy society. Maintaining the calm requires minimal talk in the treatment space. If you need to speak to the acupuncturist privately at any length, you will probably need to schedule an individual appointment with an acupuncturist who offers it.
Please take personal belongings, (bags, shoes, etc.) with you into the treatment room and please turn off your cell phone.
Acupuncture is a process. It is rare that a problem totally resolves in one treatment. Courses of treatment vary according to conditions, and studies show that the more frequently one receives acupuncture, especially in the beginning of treatment, the more effective the treatment is. The purpose of the sliding scale is to help you make that commitment financially. With each treatment, we’ll be watching for how much relief you feel, how long that lasts, and if your general condition improves over time. If you have questions about how long it will take to see results, ask your acupuncturist. Or, if you think you need to adjust your treatment plan, let us know so we can work together for the best results.
When you schedule your appointment online you will be prompted to fill out an online questionnaire. Please fill it out as thoroughly as possible. If you want to skip the online form and fill it out when you come in, please come in about 15 minutes early to allow enough time for the paperwork. On the day of your treatment, wear loose clothing. It is important not to have an empty stomach when you get acupuncture, so be sure to eat sometime before coming (but not immediately beforehand – two hours is ideal).
If you need to cancel or reschedule, please do so 24 hours before your appointment so that others may receive treatment.
We look forward to helping you with your healing!