What is Community Acupuncture?

Community acupuncture is a method of acupuncture that was inspired by Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon where, instead of being treated in private rooms, patients are treated in a community space along with others allowing for lower pricing, so individuals are able to receive more frequent care.

 

Additionally, the community setting provides the chance to come with friends or a group and experience acupuncture together. In community acupuncture, patients sit or lay in a reclined position and needles are placed primarily along your arms, legs, face and head (no undressing involved).

 

People are free to talk quietly with their neighbors, but it is important to remember that this is a relaxing and calming environment and to please respect those who are sharing this healing space with you.

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What do I need to do before coming to my first community acupuncture appointment?

  • Please print and fill out the Community Acupuncture Intake Form prior to your initial acupuncture visit.

  • Try to eat or drink something light prior to your appointment.

  • Wear loose fitting clothing that allows access to your arms (from elbows to hands) and legs (from knees to feet). You are welcome to bring a change of clothes to change into prior to your treatment. Feel free to bring your own blankets or pillows to make yourself more comfortable.

What do I need to during a community acupuncture appointment?

When arrive, you will check in at the front desk and then head to our acupuncture space. You will meet briefly meet with our acupuncturist to go over your paperwork and discuss your main health concerns. You will then be led to our community acupuncture space where you will remove your socks and shoes, roll up your pant legs and/or shirt sleeves, and lay down. Needles will then be inserted and left for approximately 30 minutes before being removed. Please allow 45-60 minutes for your appointment.  

 

If I come with a friend, can we both be treated? 

Absolutely. In community acupuncture, treatments are performed in a single space, so groups are able to be accommodated.

 

Do I need to schedule an appointment?

Walk-ins are welcome. Scheduling an appointment is recommended but not required. However, those who have scheduled an appointment or arrived first, will be the first to be seen. All walk-ins must arrive no later than 1 hour prior to clinic closing time.

 

What can community acupuncture help with?

  • Pain: Body aches, arthritis, injuries, surgical recovery, sciatica, carpal tunnel, headaches, migraines, earaches, sinus pain.

  • Immunity: boosts immune defense, reduces recovery time

  • Allergies: sinusitis, itchy eyes, hay fever, runny nose, food allergies.

  • Sleep: more restful sleep, insomnia

  • Energy: fatigue, sluggishness, hyperactivity

  • Stress: shifts your body from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest” mode

  • Mood: anxiety, nervousness, irritability, depression

  • Digestion: constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, gas, bloating, inflammatory bowel disorders

  • Hormone Issues: hot flashes, night sweats, PMS, menstrual cramps, irregular period, supports thyroid, improves fertility

  • Pregnancy: decrease morning sickness, increase energy, reduce pain and stress, help to induce labor

  • Overall: increase circulation, improve joint function, decrease blood pressure, improve memory and focus

IMPORTANT: Please print and fill out the New Patient Intake Form  prior to your first community acupuncture treatment.