Frequently Asked Questions

What are acupuncture needles like?

Acupuncture needles are much smaller than most needles you may have seen before.  The image below gives an indication of relative sizes.  Most of our patients say they do not feel the needles being inserted or removed.

What is different about Joy Community Acupuncture?

We know that frequent treatment can be the key to good results and we are committed to giving you the treatment that will have the best results for you. We want our community to be welcoming to all different kinds of people. We want to give you the tools to take care of your own health.. I will provide a safe environment with a skilled practitioner. Please enjoy the space. I do, and hope that Joy Community Acupuncture can be an important part of your community.

What is the treatment setting like?

In our clinic we use recliners, clustered in groups, in a quiet, soothing space. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: it’s easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together; many patients find it comforting; and the collective space creates a unique healing experience.

Although we work in a community setting, as medical professionals we will always adhere to standards of patient confidentiality. We have found that our patients are also extremely respectful. While we love seeing our patients out in the community, we will continue to respect your confidentiality and any social interaction will be purely up to you.

How long does it take to be healed?

Acupuncture is a PROCESS. It is very rare for any acupuncturist to be able to resolve a problem completely with one treatment. The usual American model of treatment once every few weeks or once a month is primarily due to cost. Frequent treatment is much more likely to lead to relief. Your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment, based on our experience with treating different kinds of conditions. If you don’t come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture may not work as well for you. The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you engage with the process of treatment in order to get good results.

How often should I come in for treatment?

This will vary from person to person, and will likely vary as the condition changes with treatment.

Here are some general guidelines, depending on what you are treating and what your goals are:

Being treated for: Example of condition: Treatment frequency: For how long:
Very severe discomfort Acute back sprain, daily migraines Daily until change in condition For several days
Serious discomfort Sprained ankle, acute digestive distress Every other day until change in condition A week or two
Moderate discomfort Knee pain while running, poor sleep Twice weekly until change in condition Over several weeks
Working on a health milestone Trying to get pregnant, overcoming allergies Twice weekly until change in condition Over several weeks
Ongoing episodic condition Occasional insomnia; PMS Weekly + as-needed for acute episodes Over a few months
Support for chronic issues Stress, work-related  issues, chronic illness Weekly Ongoing/as needed
General health Life! Weekly or bi-monthly Ongoing/as needed

How much does it cost?

We have a sliding scale of $25-45. You decide what you can afford, there is never any need to prove your income. There is a one-time $15 paperwork fee for your first appointment.