ALL OF OUR ACUPUNCTURISTS are licensed by the State of Rhode Island, and were trained in graduate-level training programs across the country.
WE ONLY USE single-use, sterile, disposable acupuncture needles.
ACUPUNCTURE is one of the oldest, most common and dependable medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature simple, safe and effective health care. Acupuncturists use thin, sterile disposable needles inserted superficially into specific areas of the body in order to help the body’s ability to heal itself. Over the three decades or so in which acupuncture has developed in the U.S., it has been proven to be exceptionally safe and effective.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Where are you located and what are your hours?
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance coverage, but would be happy to offer a receipt for your visit so you may submit it directly.
Keep in mind that the cost of an acupuncture treatment here at PCA can be substantially less than a discounted rate on a typically-priced acupuncture visit-or even a typical insurance co-pay.
We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards, including cards for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).
No, we provide a safe and clean treatment setting by carefully choosing and monitoring all of our linens which are cleaned regularly. Please leave your linens at home and use ours when you are here.
Thanks to Andy Wegman of Manchester Acupuncture Studio for these questions and answers lifted from his book- “Why did you put that Needle There?” Download or listen to Andy read these and more questions about community acupuncture here. We also have Andy’s book for sale at PCA.
How Many Treatments Will It Take??
Traditionally a course of acupuncture treatment in China is treatment daily, 10 days in a row. WCA realizes that most people can’t come get treatment almost every day, so we have designed our clinic systems and pricing to help people come as frequently as possible for each person’s unique situation. Do what works for you. If you can only come once a week or once every 2 weeks, then that’s great, please do that. You will still see results, just maybe a bit slower. Most commonly we start people off with a recommended 2 times a week for 3 weeks. After completing 6 treatments we will reassess how things are going with you and either suggest that you continue to come at about this same frequency for a bit longer, or at that time you might decrease frequency to maintain the benefits you’ve received. At your first visit we will give you an overall treatment plan for your main complaint. Any time you come in for treatment feel free to check in about your treatment plan with one of the acupuncturists. In some cases, like with very acute pain, labor induction, unrelenting migraines, nausea, etc. we recommend daily treatments until things change more significantly.
Why would I want to have an acupuncture treatment?
Here are a few responses to a question that may have hundreds of answers…
to help you relax
to help you feel more energized
to help you avoid illness/injury
to help manage or alleviate physical pain
to help you think more clearly
to help you stop thinking (especially around bedtime)
to help with digestive issues including GERD and IBS
to use alongside many conventional therapies and medications for the purpose of augmenting their effect and lowering doses
to add legitimate choices for your health care assistance
As acupuncture is part of a whole and logical medical system, there is almost always an approach for an acupuncturist to take for helping to manage a health problem – or even better, help you to remain pain and illness free.
In 1979, the World Health Organization published a short list of conditions seen as appropriate for treatment with acupuncture. This is not a complete list of conditions appropriate for treatment, but just some examples.
The list includes:
Immune system tonification
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
How much does an acupuncture treatment hurt?
Usually not much at all. Most people are deeply relaxed and/or asleep once all points are placed. Most people don’t realize that we DO NOT have to place the needles where the pain or problem is located. For example we can treat back and hip pain using points on the arms and legs.
What’s the difference between a visit to a typical acupuncture practice and a community acupuncture practice?
Most acupuncture treatments in the United States take place on a table in a room by oneself. This is not traditional in Asia, where acupuncture usually occurs in a community setting. We all know the value of ‘power in numbers’, right? Would you prefer to eat in an empty restaurant, or one that is full of people and bustling? Or how about an empty movie theater? Us too!
A healthy group setting creates a dynamic that can be used for all of our benefit in an acupuncture clinic. Receiving treatment in a community setting has other tangible benefits, as well: it’s easier for friends and family members to come in for treatment together and many patients find it a relief to not be isolated during their treatment.
In addition, the community setting allows patients to decide how long their treatment will take, as the ‘right’ amount of time varies from person to person, visit to visit. This can take anywhere from twenty minutes to a couple of hours. You can stay as long as you feel comfortable doing so – or until we close for the day! When you are feeling as though you are ready to end your visit, or need to get our attention, just give us a wink, nod or smile, and we will remove your needles or be available otherwise.
Lastly, our clinic uses a sliding scale fee schedule to help make acupuncture available to the whole community.
What happens during an initial visit?
You’ll need to fill out forms which can take a few minutes to finish, so please come 20 minutes early to complete them. Or, you can download the forms right from our website and have them filled out as best you can for your visit ahead of time. This helps support us, since it reduces the amount of paper shuffling on our end. The forms are in PDF format. You can find the new patient paperwork here.
There is a $10 one-time consultation fee due at your first visit.
After paperwork is done, you’ll then consult with your acupuncturist to discuss your health concern(s) after which time a treatment plan will be recommended for you. Your acupuncture treatment comes next.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. After removing your shoes, you’ll just have to roll your sleeves and pant legs up, in order to get ready for your treatment. We mainly use styles of acupuncture which allows us to select points primarily on the arms and legs.
All treatments happen in a peaceful and comfortable group treatment room, in recliners.
What happens during a typical follow-up treatment?
After paying for the visit and scheduling future visits (if needed) our patients will bring themselves into the treatment room on their own and make themselves comfortable in a recliner of their choice. After a brief conversation between patient and practitioner, pulses at the wrist and neck are taken. Depending on a variety of factors, a specific point prescription is selected and the needles are placed. Typically people feel sleepy and will nap or rest for a while. An average visit lasts 45 minutes to an hour, but you can stay for a longer or shorter time if you wish.
How does it work/what is it really doing?
This is the million dollar question. The answer is…
we don’t really know. But, whether seen as a result of particular chemical/hormonal processes, movement of bio-electricity, vascular excitement, regulation of the central nervous system, connective tissue communication, ‘placebo’ effect, positive thinking or the manifestation of qi, we do know that acupuncture works.
What can I expect after a treatment?
In general, you can expect to feel relaxed for several hours following an acupuncture treatment. Some people get immediate relief from pain, allergies, common cold symptoms, etc. Others find their symptoms recede gradually over a few days. Everyone responds to acupuncture differently. Feel free to discuss this with the acupuncturist who may adjust your treatment plan based on your response to the treatment.
Anything else I should know before I get acupuncture?
You’ll most likely stay for an hour or so, it’s a good idea to not arrive hungry; you’ll relax better if you’re not. We ask you to please wear your shoes in the clinic, to turn your cell phones off, and to avoid wearing any scented products like perfume or after-shave, because these can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma for some people.
Last of all, come prepared to relax.