You Have Questions. We Have Answers.
Below are common questions that we often get asked about our clinic, and about community acupuncture in general. Click on any of the questions below to reveal the answers.Common Questions About Acupuncture:
What can acupuncture treat?
Just some of the conditions that I have worked with:
- Digestive disorders
- Anxiety / Depression
- Chronic pain
- Weak immunity
- Menstrual cramps
- Menopausal symptoms
- Stress management
- Injury recovery and healing
Does acupuncture hurt?
Is acupuncture safe?
As long as it is performed by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use sterile, disposable needles that are discarded after one use.
Will it treat my pain?
How many times, and how frequently, will I need to come?
On your first visit, we will discuss the treatment plan that is best for you. For more severe conditions, you may be best served by coming between 2-3 times per week, particularly at the outset of treatment. For health maintenance or more mild conditions, once a week is sometimes often enough. Throughout your treatment, our acupuncturists will track different symptoms or concerns, and determine how you respond to acupuncture. Once your symptoms begin shift or subside, we can work on a plan that is either biweekly, monthly, or seasonal.
It is important to remember that acupuncture builds on itself, thus chronic conditions may take time to improve. And the longer you’ve had an illness or condition, (generally) the longer it takes to heal.
What is Community Acupuncture?
Community Acupuncture is a national movement with the goal of increasing access to acupuncture by offering treatments in a comfortable group setting at an affordable rate, $20-$40, without any income verification. First-time patients pay an additional one-time $10 paperwork fee. By treating this way, our patients can get the care they need without breaking the bank.
Do you treat children?
What's up with the sliding scale?
The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make a commitment to getting better. The sliding scale makes it possible for you to receive acupuncture regularly and long enough to get better and stay better. You get to decide what payment is affordable for you. Because we have a sliding scale we cannot and will not bill your insurance. If you want to submit a claim to your insurance company yourself, your are welcome to keep a receipt for each visit, and one of our licensed acupuncturists will sign it for you, if needed.
Which practitioner should I schedule with?
We recommend choosing the most convenient time, rather than trying to see any one particular practitioner. Our practitioners are all highly trained, and we are in ongoing dialogue about patient conditions, patient needs and treatment protocols. We use a secure online electronic health record system, so each practitioner can “see” what was treatment was performed at all prior visits, and we brainstorm treatment ideas for particularly challenging conditions at monthly meetings. You can see either of us, at any time that is convenient to you, and be assured that you will receive excellent and consistent treatment from practitioner to practitioner. We pride ourselves on having a synergistic practice. Synergy (oh, those dreaded SAT words!) is defined as “t
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What's the big deal if I miss my appointment?
Why do I sometimes get your answering machine when I call, even during business hours?
Do you take insurance?
What are my payment options?
Where can I park?
What if I need to contact you at the last minute?
Can my acupuncturist be my primary care physician?
Why don't you have private rooms for your patients?
Is there anything special I need to wear or do before coming?
Can I bring my iPod to listen to music while being treated?
Is your office perfume and scent-free?
We encourage our patients to refrain from wearing perfume during treatment. Some patients are very sensitive to smells, and it is important the the community space be an area where all patients can rest comfortably. We use organic, scent-free detergent for all our towels, pillows and sheets as well.
Can I use my phone during treatment, or watch videos if I use headphones?
No. Smart devices cannot be used, even with headphones, during treatment. The light distracts other patients and will detract from your overall experience. Please turn your phone off and place it in the bin on the side of your chair, or leave your phone in your car (not if it’s hot out, though!)