Important Covid-19 Update:
Due to ongoing public health and safety concerns we are unable to offer our standard Community Acupuncture Treatments. As a temporary alternative for affordable, ongoing acupuncture treatments we will be offering 30-45 minute sessions (by appointment only) for $45 during this phase of the reopening of businesses in Virginia.
What is Community Acupuncture?
Community Acupuncture is acupuncture that is practiced in a group setting. There are several benefits to seeking treatment in this way, including:
Lowered costs - because the acupuncturist can see multiple patients at a time, the overall costs are spread out and reduced as a result.
Increased access - the lowered cost per treatment brings the modality within reach for more people. This increases the likelihood of followup sessions and overall efficacy.
Increased availability - shorter intakes allow the acupuncturist to treat several patients in an hour, so finding a day and time that works with your schedule is usually much easier.
Shared space - patients often remark on how relaxed they feel during and after experiencing the shared meditative state induced by a community acupuncture treatment. Also, those who may be anxious about their first experience with acupuncture usually find the setting to be very calming and reassuring, in the presence of others who are also receiving acupuncture.
Community Acupuncture FAQ
What should I expect?
When you arrive I will go over your community clinic health questionnaire and perform a brief intake. This may include health questions that do not directly relate to the issue for which you are seeking treatment, but help me see the bigger picture of you and your health. After the intake I will determine a treatment strategy and create an individualized acupuncture treatment and insert needles. The number of needles and their placement will vary. Once they are inserted and you are comfortable, you will rest for 30-45 minutes in one of our reclining zero gravity chairs, after which I will remove the needles and check in with you to share recommendations for future treatments and at home self-care.
How long is a community treatment?
Community acupuncture sessions are booked in 15 minute time slots, however each session is generally about one hour long.
What should I wear?
Loose fitting, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up to the elbows and knees. Occasionally other points may be needed, either on the abdomen, shoulders, or elsewhere, but that can be discussed during your first treatment. If you have questions about your particular health concern, please call and we can discuss further.
How frequently should I come?
This will depend greatly on your particular presentation. Seldom are issues resolved with one treatment. For acute issues that are relatively new, once per week for a few weeks may be all that is required. Longer standing, chronic issues may need two or more treatments per week in the beginning, tapering off further down the line. I generally recommend once per week for a month, after which point I will reassess and begin to space treatments out further.
How much does it cost?
Our clinic is able to offer sessions on a sliding scale, pay-what-you-can basis of $20 - $50. We accept cash, check, and credit/debit cards, as well as FSA and HSA cards.
Do you accept walk-ins?
Walk-ins are welcome during community clinic scheduled hours, however there is no guarantee that there will be time available for a treatment if you have not booked in advance.
Is there anything else I should know?
Acupuncture is generally a pain-free experience, and can treat a myriad of illnesses. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email us and we will get back to you. For more general acupuncture related questions, please go here. If you are ready to book your session now, go here.