Community acupuncture is a style that is based on acupuncture’s roots as a community based medicine. In China, acupuncture is often practiced where many people receive treatment in a common room. This model is beginning to become popular in North America.
In community acupuncture, patients are given individual treatments in a group setting. They are seated in reclining chairs in a quiet open room. By using “distal” points (on the hands, feet, and head) it possible to treat almost any complaint, even back pain and digestive problems. There are many benefits to receiving treatment in a community setting: friends and family members can come for treatments together, many people find it more comforting to receive treatment in a group, and a collective energy is created (much like when a group of people meditate together) which aids in individual healing and relaxation.
Using this model, treatments do not last a fixed period of time. Patients are more in control of their experience and treatment time is based on individual need. Many people fall asleep and awake feeling calm and refreshed.
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Payment is based on a sliding scale of $20-$40 per treatment with a one time new patient paperwork fee of $10*. Acupuncture is most effective when it is received frequently and regularly. By giving individuals options within a pay scale, treatment can be available to you as often as you need it.
*Treatments must be of the $25 value in order to qualify for MSP benefits.
If you are interested in finding out more information about this model, visit the Community Acupuncture Network at http://www.communityacupuncturenetwork.org/