Appointments
 

We are so glad you're considering acupuncture

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What To Expect

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

The Sliding Scale

How It Works and Why

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What Acupuncture Treats

See What Acupuncture Can Do For You

What To Expect

***For your first visit, please read our COVID Rules here and fill out new patient paperwork online here. If you cannot fill out forms online, please arrive for your first appointment 10 minutes early.*** *

Your First Appointment:

When You Arrive: 

You will turn off your cell phone, pay at the front desk, fill out new patient paperwork if you haven't done it online, and wait for your acupuncturist to come and get you. If you are hungry, have low blood sugar, or haven't eaten for a few hours, please eat something before the treatment. We highly recommend filling out new patient paperwork before coming to the clinic.

In the Treatment Room: 

Treatments take place in reclining chairs. At your chair, in hushed voices, you will discuss your health concerns with your acupuncturists.  You will roll up your sleeves and pant legs to expose your arms and legs. We will then place thin sterile needles, i.e. pins on your arms, legs, ears, and/or the top of the head and you get to rest or even nap. People typically rest with the needles in for about 30-60 min- you decide the length of time based on chair availability. Others in the room will be napping and resting as well. We treat all sorts of conditions including back, neck, shoulder, and inguinal pain using distal acupuncture - i.e. needles are placed at a distance from the painful area. Acupuncture works systemically and sends messages to brain to heal different areas, so we don't have to put needles where it hurts.

Your Treatment Plan
You'll be given a treatment plan based on your condition and its severity. 
Typically 2-3 treatments a week for a couple of weeks will create substantial results. Generally speaking the longer a problem has been going on, the longer it will take to see results. Changes made in your body require momentum- like riding a bicycle - if you only pedal occasionally the bicycle will lose momentum and stop. So in the beginning, we recommend getting treatments frequently, i.e. closer together,  as opposed to once in a while so the changes in your body build on each other instead of starting from Day 1 each time. 

 

The Sliding Scale

We wish to make acupuncture affordable for as many people as possible. We use a sliding scale to that end. Please pay what allows you to come in as often as you need. If you can afford to pay more, we really appreciate that. If you need to pay less, we really appreciate you being here just as much - your presence in the clinic makes a difference. 

We will recommend a treatment plan based on your condition, its severity, and how long it's been going on. A treatment plan is a certain number of treatments a week for a couple of weeks or months. Acupuncture works best when treatments are spaced close together, for example getting 10 treatments in 2-4 weeks as opposed to 1 treatment every couple of months. The changes being made in your body require a kind of momentum - like riding a bicycle- if you only pedal every so often, you won't get very far before stopping. With acupuncture, treatments should be spaced closer together so changes build upon themselves, rather than continuously starting over at Day 1. So pay what allows you to get acupuncture frequently enough to get results.

If you have a higher income or less financial constraints, please consider paying on the higher end of the scale in an amount that still makes getting treatment possible. We are funded solely through patient fees, so paying what you can is very helpful to us and others receiving treatment as well. If you aren't sure where to pay on the sliding scale - this chart might be helpful:

 

 
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Acupuncture is used to safely and successfully treat a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions 

Acupuncture is a safe and relaxing form of medicine that is clinically effective. We invite you to give acupuncture a try and see if it can help you. 
Some people find that acupuncture works when nothing else has helped.

 
  • Acute & Chronic Pain- anywhere in the body

  • Addiction Recovery Support

  • Allergies

  • Arthritic Pain

    • Including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis​

  • Asthma ​​

  • Autoimmune Disorders

  • Bloating and Gas

  • Cancer Care Support

  • Chronic Irritability

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Constipation

  • Dental Pain

  • Depression

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • GERD (Acid Reflux)

  • Gender Affirming Surgery Support

    • Prepare the body for surgery, reduce and lessen scar tissue formation. ​

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • HIV/AIDS Support

  • Hypertension

  • IBS

  • Insomnia

  • Lowered Immunity

  • Lyme Disease

  • Menstrual pain and PMS

  • Menopausal symptoms

  • Musculoskeletal Pain

  • Neck and Back Pain

  • Nausea

  • Pain and Injuries

  • Pediatric conditions

    • Including earaches, constipation, diarrhea,  headaches, insomnia, anxiety, nightmares, and skin conditions​

  • Pregnancy Support

    • Including: morning sickness, gestational diabetes, heart burn, digestive conditions, pain, insomnia, mood support, breech presentation, labor induction, etc ​

  • Post-Partum Support:

    • ​Insufficient lactation, depression, pain, insomnia, tissue/wound healing.

  • Post-Surgergy

    • Acupuncture speeds recovery time, reduces pain and inflamation, and helps prevent or lessen scar tissue build-up​

  • PTSD

  • Respiratory Disorders

    • Including asthma, allergies, bronchitis, COPD, and sinusitis​

  • Sciatic Pain

  • Stress Reduction

  • Stroke Rehabilitation

  • TMJ

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Vertigo and Meniere's Disease

  • and more.

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We at Olympia Community Acupuncture were trained as general practitioners and are skilled in treating all types of health conditions. The conditions listed above are what we treat most commonly. If you don't see your particular health concern listed and would like to know if acupuncture may be beneficial, please call us at 360-545-3767. We'd be happy to let you know if we think we can help.

Click Here to learn more about acupuncture's efficacy for an array of health conditions based on research from the Organization, Evidence Based Acupuncture.