What is Community Acupuncture?
Community Acupuncture is a national movement with the goal of increasing access to acupuncture by offering treatments in a comfortable group setting at an affordable rate – $20-$40 – without any income verification.
By treating this way, it allows our patients to get the care they need to actually get better without breaking the bank.
To find other Community Acupuncture clinics around the country, visit www.communityacupuncturenetwork.org.
The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make a commitment to getting better. The sliding scale makes it possible for you to receive acupuncture regularly and long enough to get better and stay better. You get to decide what payment is affordable for you. It is not based on your income.
Because we have a sliding scale, we cannot and will not bill your insurance. If you want to submit a claim to your insurance company yourself, you are welcome to fill out receipt and have one of our practitioners sign it for you.
What are MCA’s services?
When you schedule online you will see the following options for appointments. We work primarily in distal acupuncture treatments, but you may consult with your acupuncturist about additional services such as acupressure, zero balancing, nutrition counseling, or other modalities.
Initial Acupuncture Treatment: This is required for all new patients. You will meet with an acupuncturist and have time for us to get to know you and talk about your health concerns. Allow 75 minutes for this treatment. The cost is $30-$50.
Acupuncture Follow-up Treatment: This is a continuation of the work we have started in the Initial Treatment. Use this to schedule all ongoing treatments. Allow 40-60 minutes. This cost is $20-$40.
Acupuncture + 10: Depending on your situation, you may be advised to schedule this treatment. Other modalities may be performed, including acupressure, tai chi, nutrition counseling, or coaching around specific issues. This work will enhance your traditional needle treatments. The additional time will not be necessary every time you come to MCA, but it may be necessary initially to help move you toward better health more quickly. Allow 50-75 minutes. This cost is $40-$60.
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How do I make an appointment?
We offer online appointment scheduling right from our website and our Facebook page! You can schedule your appointments from your computer or smartphone (bookmark our website or turn the page into an icon on your phone’s dashboard). You can make, adjust, and cancel appointments as needed without having to play phone tag with MCA, thus freeing up your precious time!
By clicking the floating Schedule Now button on the right side of each page it will access MCA’s calendar, allowing you to find the perfect time for your schedule. Our goal is to make the scheduling process as easy and effortless as possible.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Some insurance companies will cover acupuncture services. Please contact your insurance company representative to determine if coverage will be provided for your treatments. This way you are completely sure of your coverage. We do not bill insurance companies or take insurance. However, we will gladly give you a receipt for all of your treatments so you can submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement according to their policy.
What are my payment options?
Cash or check. Payment is due at the time of service.
What will my first visit be like?
If you’ve never had an acupuncture treatment before, you’re likely to have lots of questions. At Maine Center for Acupuncture, we want to ensure your comfort at all times – from your first visit to your 50th (or 500th)! We’ve dedicated this page to explaining what your Initial Treatment will be like.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, acupuncture should not hurt. A momentary prick is often felt around the needle as it is inserted, eventually creating a dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Some people report not feeling anything at all! Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment.
Is acupuncture safe?
As long as it is performed by a Nationally Certified Practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use disposable needles that are discarded after each use.
Just some of the conditions MCA treats with acupuncture:
- Digestive disorders
- Pregnancy & Fertility
- Anxiety & Depression
- Chronic pain
- Weak immunity
- PMS & Menstrual cramps
- Menopausal symptoms
See our Benefits of Acupuncture page for more information on conditions we treat.
How many times do I need to come?
On your first visit we will discuss what may be best for you. Initially you may be best served by coming between 1-3 times per week. This will help us to track and follow different symptoms or concerns, and how you respond to acupuncture. Once your symptoms begin to shift or subside, we can work on a plan that is either biweekly, monthly, or seasonal depending on your overall health needs.
It is important to remember that acupuncture builds on itself, thus chronic conditions may take time to shift.
Will it treat my pain?
Yes. Many people report pain relief after one treatment, for others it may take some time. The first thing you may notice may not be pain relief. Instead, you may notice other things such as improved sleep or less anxiety.
Can MCA be my primary care physician?
MCA does not provide primary care medicine. Acupuncture is a wonderful complement to Western medicine, but it is not a substitute. If you think you have a serious medical problem (for example a malignant growth, severe infection, or an injury that won’t heal) you need to see a primary care physician. We can provide some excellent referrals even if you do not have insurance. Please do not expect us to diagnose a serious medical condition. We can provide complimentary care for conditions which require a physician’s attention (for example, someone undergoing chemotherapy) but we do not provide a substitute for a physician’s care. We need you to take responsibility for your own health.
As always, if you feel you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.