Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice that has been around for thousands of years. It incorporates the use of fine needles, which are inserted into specific points on the body to stimulate Qi. In layman’s terms, it promotes a natural healing mechanism, which increases the functionality of your body, inside and out.
What is Community Acupuncture?
It is otherwise known as group acupuncture. There will be anywhere from 2-5 people being treated at a time, throughout the space. Everyone is treated together, thereby creating a larger healing environment and community.
What can it treat?
All sorts of pain, including arthritis, sprains/strains & headaches, allergies, menstrual disorders, menopausal symptoms, colds/flu, nausea/vomiting, sleep disorders, hypertension, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, stress etc. The list goes on.
How private will it be?
You will have a chance to chat with me prior to your treatment. Everything between you and me is strictly confidential. Although you are in a room with a number of people, voices are kept low and none of your information will be broadcast to others in the room.
Acupuncture is virtually pain-free. Think of an acupuncture needle as about the same diameter of a strand of your hair. You may or may not feel a slight poke at first, and after that, it is your time to relax. Other sensations you may feel include a deep ache, a warming sensation or even a vibration at the site or along its pathway.
What should I wear?
Please feel free to come with what you have on right now! Of course it is always nicer to be in your most comfortable clothes, but it is not necessary. There is no need to disrobe or feel uncomfortable showing a little too much skin. As long as you can roll your pants up to your knees and shirt up to your elbows you are all good with me.
How long will it take?
As long as you want it to! Generally treatments last about an hour. If you only have 45 minutes to fit it in, I am more than happy to get you in and out as you need.
How frequently should I come?
Frequency depends on you. It depends on what you are coming in for, how much time you have in your schedule and what you can commit to. I think it would be wonderful if everybody could get acupuncture at least 1x a week, but sometimes (most times) that isn’t realistic.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects include better sleep, improved mood, increased energy, less pain and more. In some patients there may be slight bruising at the site of the needle, but rarely.
What is the treatment room like?
The setting is an open room, in this case 2 treatment rooms, where you have the choice of laying on a treatment table or sitting in a zero-gravity chair (first come, first served). Blankets and bolsters are available for your comfort.
How much is it?
This is the beauty of it all! Community acupuncture is great because it is a cost-effective way to receive treatments more frequently. Pay what you can when you can between $25-$60*. This depends on you; some days you have it and some days you don’t – come anyway!
*Exception for New Patients; there will be a $15 New Patient fee
Do I have to schedule an appointment?
Yes please. Space is limited, so please contact me to make your appointment. I will also be accepting drop-ins as long as you are willing to wait!
*Forms can be found under the Patient Information tab
Erin Hill L.Ac