Do you want to feel better? Enhance your health and happiness? Don’t you think you should have access to quality healthcare at a reasonable price? So do we!
We treat patients in a group community setting much like how acupuncture is traditionally practiced in Asia. Patients relax in recliners in a large, quiet and soothing space. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits, and makes it easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together.
This style of acupuncture allows patients to relax with the needles in for as long as they need to. Most people learn when they are “done” after a few treatments, and the time varies from person to person, usually between 30-60 minutes. Many people fall asleep and wake feeling refreshed.
Follow-up Acupuncture Treatments cost between $20 and $40 with a one time paperwork fee of $10. We ask that you decide what you pay within our scale. In order to provide affordable, quality, and individualized treatments we have streamlined our approach. We don’t spend a lot of time talking, so our conversations will tend to be very focused since we will use the conversation and pulse diagnosis to design your treatments.
The community setting requires some flexibility from you. For example, some patients have a favorite recliner. When we are busy, someone may be sitting in yours. Similarly, we have a few patients that snore. Other patients who dislike snoring bring earplugs to their treatments. A few patients even bring their own pillows or blankets from home because they prefer theirs to ours. That’s fine with us. We need you to participate in making yourself comfortable.
The soothing atmosphere in our clinic exists because all of our patients create it by relaxing together. We appreciate everyone’s presence! This kind of collective stillness is a rare and precious thing in our rushed and busy society. Maintaining this reservoir of calm requires that no one talk very much in the clinic space.
Part of our success is that our patients learn the “routine” and take on a lot of responsibility for the appointments. Scheduling and making payments happens at the front desk before each treatment, so you can relax and enjoy. We ask that you please take all personal belongings with you back to the treatment room.
You are welcome to remove your shoes, however we ask that you do so when you are seated in your recliner – please do not walk around the clinic without shoes on. And of course, please turn off your cell phone.
Acupuncture is a process. It is very rare for any acupuncturist to be able to resolve a problem with one treatment. In China, a typical treatment protocol for a chronic condition could be acupuncture every other day for three months! Most of our patients don’t need that much acupuncture, but virtually every patient requires a course of treatment, rather than a single treatment, in order to get what they want from acupuncture.
One big reason that we are able to keep our prices so low is because of the extraordinary amount of marketing our patients do on our behalf. Our patients are such effective marketers because they have first-hand experience of how well acupuncture works. All of our satisfied patients made a commitment to a course of treatment.
Treatment Plan and Follow Up
On your first visit, your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment, which could be anything from “we’d like to see you twice a week for eight weeks” to “we’d really like to see you every day for the next four days.” This suggestion is based on our experience with treating different kinds of conditions. If you don’t come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won’t work for you.
Depending on your situation, you may be advised to schedule back-to-back appointments. This will allow for other modalities to be performed, such as zero balancing or coaching around specific issues. This work will enhance your upcoming needle treatment. The additional time will often not be necessary every treatment, but it may be necessary initially to help move you toward better health more quickly.
The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make that commitment. If you have questions about how long it will take to see results, please ask us, or if you think you need to adjust your treatment plan, let us know. We need you to commit to the process of treatment in order to get good results.
Lastly, please enjoy the space. We do, and we hope that Maine Center for Acupuncture can be an important part of your community.