You Have Questions? We Have Answers
Why the sloth?
Have you ever sat still long enough to watch a sloth climb down a tree? Or meander over to the nearest hibiscus flower for a gentle nibble? At Sloth Around Community Acupuncture, we do not believe that sloths are lazy, we think that they are intentional. Their pace of life allows for them to be fully present in the here and now, where life is actually happening. We believe that we all have something that we can learn from the sloth: how to slow down and be present, how to live life on life’s terms, and the profound strength that exists in awakening to the normal everyday moments of life. Through the sloth we learn how to value ourselves and each other, not by how much or by how fast we can produce something, but simply that we are of value because we exist. We invite you to explore these concepts of healing and more at our clinic, where we can all "sloth around" together!
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has successfully been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of symptoms. Here is a short list of some of the conditions that research shows acupuncture can assist with.
Acne, Addiction, Allergies, Bell's Palsey, Cancer pain, Dental pain, Depression, Diabetes, Earache, Eye Pain, Facial Pain, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Headache, Hepatitis B, Herpes, Hypertension, Hypotension, Induction of Labor, Infertility, Insomnia, Knee pain, Lactation concerns, Meniere Disease, Morning Sickness, Nausea and Vomiting, Neck pain, Osteoarthritis, PCOS, PMS, Shoulder pain, Raynaud Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Schizophrenia, Sciatica, Sjogren Syndrome, Spine pain, Sprain, Stroke, Tennis Elbow, TMJ, Tourette Syndrome, and Ulcerative Colitis among others.
Don't see your concern on this list? Call or email us to see if acupuncture can help you!
Does Acupuncture hurt?
There are a variety of sensations that are commonly felt during an acupuncture treatment. These can include a dull ache around the needle, a sense of heaviness, tingling, warmth, or a sensation of something moving. Sometimes these sensations can be very strong, and most people enjoy them. That being said, they should never cause pain or keep you from relaxing during your treatment. If anything is too strong or uncomfortable, let your acupuncturist know and we can easily adjust it. We apply one-time use, sterile, disposable needles, and they're TINY!
how will I feel during treatment?
While there are many sensations that people report during the treatment, common ones include a sensation of movement in the body, waves of tingling, a feeling of heaviness, feeling like you're floating, a feeling of connection and sense of well-being. Some folks report no sensations at all. Either way, don't worry, you are still receiving the benefits. Some people just close their eyes and relax during their treatment, and it’s very common to fall asleep. In fact, we encourage taking an acu-nap if it suits you! It's fun! Just lie back, and enjoy
How often will I need to visit?
Acupuncture is a process. It is very rare for any acupuncturist to be able to resolve a problem with one treatment. The number of treatments you will need can depend on many factors. On your first visit, your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment. This can range from "we'd like to see you once a week for the next six weeks" to "we'd like to see you every day for the next three days." This suggestion is based on our experience in treating different conditions. Generally most people notice an improvement within 4-6 visits and a typical course of treatment for an uncomplicated problem is 6-12 visits. However, if you don't come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won't work for you. The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make that commitment. Click here for more information
how long is a treatment?
The amount of time you sit with the needles is completely up to you. Ideally, at least 30-45 minutes. Many people, especially those that fall asleep during treatments, report waking up and simply feeling like they’re “done.” This can vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours. We can also wake you up if there’s a certain time you need to leave. For most people, appointments end up taking about an hour, with a few extra minutes on the first visit.
if i don't fall asleep, is the treatment working?
Yes, the treatments will still work whether you fall asleep or not.
i'm coming for back pain. Why Aren't you
putting needles in my back?
Acupuncture works by using meridians, or channels, that travel throughout your entire body. If you have back pain, we’ll likely use acupuncture points on your feet that are at the end of the same channel that travels through your back. We can also treat your back pain using microsystems in your ears and hands, balancing methods using other channels, and the list goes on.
if I'm not feeling well today,
should I come in for a treatment?
Under normal circumstances, acupuncture can help reduce the duration of your cold, or stop it from progressing further. However, since we are in the middle of a highly contagious global pandemic, we are asking ALL of our patients to avoid coming in for appointments while they have active cold or flu symptoms. Please read our Coronavirus Precautions for more information.
do you take insurance?
No, we do not bill insurance directly. We have found that by not billing insurance we are able to keep our prices lower and better support our goal of making acupuncture accessible to more people. However, we can provide you with a form that you can use to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement. For most people, our sliding scale rate is identical to what you would be paying in the form of a copay if you were to pay through insurance.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards, as well as Apple and Google Pay. Due to Coronavirus Precautions, please bring exact change if paying with cash and your own pen if you will be playing by check.
where is the entrance?
The clinic is located on the basement level of a residential neighborhood. There are 8 steps down to the entryway. Please follow the signs and well-lit path straight to the door. If you require mobility assistance, please contact us ahead of time so that we can best accommodate you.
do you have parking?
Yes, there are four spaces directly in front of the clinic and additional free street parking in the neighborhood. We ask that you park as conscientiously as possible in front of the clinic to allow others room to park as well.