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 Community Acupuncture:  Questions Answered

Q: What is Community Acupuncture

A: Community Acupuncture is acupuncture performed in a group setting, with participants seated in chairs.  The acupuncture points used are fewer and selected differently from private treatment and adjunct modalities (cupping, electrical stimulation) are not offered.  Community acupuncture utilizes auriculotherapy (ear points) and a few selected body points for desired effect.

You will have a brief Q/A with your acupuncturist and then receive treatment seated in a chair.  Needle retention time will be between 30-45 minutes. We ask that all participants use very quiet voices while speaking before, during and after the session and to respect the privacy of others. We will have other services happening nearby and need a quiet space for all to enjoy.

Q: What are the Benefits of Community Acupuncture 

A:  While community acupuncture does not allow for all of the "bells and whistles" of private treatment, there are some advantages.  

First, this allows those receiving private treatment to supplement in between regular appointments to help support health care goals.

Secondly, treatment in a group setting allows for connection and community. 

Lastly, acupuncture treatment in this setting reduces the fee, allowing for more frequent treatment.

Q:  Is community acupuncture a new phenomenon?

A:  Community acupuncture is something that is new to our office, but is not a novel way of practicing acupuncture!

In China, acupuncture is utilized much differently, and the group model is frequently employed to accommodate more frequent treatment and larger patient volume.  It is much more typical for patients to come for 12 sessions over the course of a month than it is for people to do the same treatments once weekly for three months.  

Q: Are there limitations to community acupuncture?

A: The inability to directly needle certain areas of the body. Certain types of pain might respond better to private treatments, especially if a patient's pain is aggravated by the seated position.   Complaints such as anxiety, insomnia and digestive imbalance respond favorably to community acupuncture.

Q: What about privacy?

A: Treatment is in a group setting in a single room.  If you have something you'd like to briefly discuss in private before your session, let your practitioner know.  Kindly keep your voice down when communicating with your practitioner so as to maintain your own privacy and not disturb others.  

Q: Can anyone come to group acupuncture at RIH?

A: We require that everyone starts out by doing a private initial acupuncture visit.  We need to do this in order to take your complete health history and provide the best care possible.  Community acupuncture is available to any patient who has had an initial intake with us. For some, community acupuncture may serve as a supplement between private acupuncture treatment visits.  For others, this may be the main component of their treatment protocol.  

Q: How do I make an appointment?

A: If you've had acupuncture here before, inquire with reception and we'll put you on the schedule for a community session.  

If you've not had acupuncture before, make an initial regular acupuncture appointment.  Let us know when you schedule that you are interested in community acupuncture.  

Q: What do I wear for community acupuncture?

A: No.  However, please wear shorts or very loose pants, a tank top or sleeveless shirt.  You may be asked to remove your shoes and socks. 

Q: I would like cupping.  Can you do cupping during group acupuncture treatment?

A: No. We offer cupping as a stand alone separate service for those who love it.

Q: I have other questions or would like to know if community acupuncture is right for me. How do I get answers to my specific question?

A: If you are a regular patient, you can always ask us at your next acupuncture session.