For Newbies

What do you mean by “community” acupuncture?

Community acupuncture clinics treat everybody in the same room, typically in recliners.  This is how we keep our prices low, it is simple economics, high volume leads to better prices.  Many patients have said they prefer the community setting because the recliners are more comfortable than hard tables, they don’t have to take any clothes off, and they can get the acupuncturists attention at any time.  Don’t worry, this doesn’t limit what we can treat.  The late Richard Teh Fu Tan, a world renowned acupuncturist, was known for extremely effective acupuncture using mainly points in the arms and legs. And yes, we can even work on back pain!  We have heard that some franchise locations that have a similar set up use set protocols.  Tempe Community Acupuncture DOES NOT use set protocols.  You will receive an individually tailored treatment based on your needs.

Bonus!  At Tempe Community Acupuncture the word COMMUNITY isn’t just short for community style treatment room.  We are also passionate about the community beyond our walls.  A few of our ongoing community based adventures:

All bottle water, eye mask, T-shirt and Tank top sales in our clinic go directly to our favorite local organization, APARN, www.aparn.org/.

We do an annual fundraiser.  Each year we pick a local cause and do a fundraiser where the cash from every treatment given is donated to the cause.

 

What problems can be treated with acupuncture?

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over 40 disorders. Here are the most common:  acid reflux, acne, addiction, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, Bell’s Palsy, Chemotherapy difficulties, Chronic fatigue, cold, constipation, diarrhea, depression digestion, dizziness, emotional issues, fibromyalgia, headaches, hip pain, IBS, high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, knee pain, low energy, low immunity, low libido, menopausal symptoms, PMS, migraines, nerve pain, night sweats, PTSD, restless leg syndrome, sciatica, stress, stroke, TMJ, tendonitis, vertigo…

What in the heck is cosmetic acupuncture?

Does it hurt? Is it safe? How about for children? What if I am pregnant?

Acupuncture needles are thinner than a human hair, they just feel like teeny tiny pokes.  Single use, disposable, sterilized needles are always used.  Needles are NEVER reused.  Our LICENSED acupuncturists (L.Ac.) are required to do extensive clinical and safety training as a part of their state and national licensure.  (As a heads up, therapists who do “dry needling” do not have the same stringent requirements or training.  Many dry needling classes are weekend crash courses!)

Acupuncture is safe and gentle enough to use while pregnant.  It can really help with morning sickness and other pregnancy difficulties!  There are certain points that should be avoided so be sure to let your acupuncturist know if you are pregnant.  

Yes, acupuncture is safe for children!  In order to maintain the quiet environment necessary in our community treatment room we do require children to be over the age of 15 to receive treatment with parental consent.  For liability reasons, we cannot allow young children to wait, unattended, in the reception area.

 

What kind of training do your practitioners have?

The acupuncturists in our clinic are Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.) in the state of Arizona.  They are nationally board certified by the NCCAOM. In order to be nationally board certified it is required to pass board exams, finish a Master’s Degree level program in Acupuncture/Oriental medicine, pass the Clean Needle certification for safety, and undergo yearly continuing education. A Master’s of Science in Acupuncture typically is a 4 year / 3000 hour program (in addition to undergraduate work) that involves intensive study in Traditional Chinese Medical theory and herbology; this is coupled with at least 2 years of hands on clinical training.

Please note that this is different from a “certified acupuncturist” or a practitioner that does “dry needling”. Certified acupuncturist and dry needlers typically go through a very short training (as little as one weekend) with no clinical training. We always recommend seeing a Licensed Acupuncturist or Medical Doctor for any needling therapy as the required education meets the highest standard of training and board certifications are present. 

 

Do I have to make an appointment? How long is the appointment?

Our clinic is by appointment only.  Your best bet for last minute appointments is to give us a call at 480-269-0415, we can often squeeze you into a full schedule with just a little advanced notice.

Please note, we do require 3 hours notice for all cancellations in order to avoid a fee.

Plan on spending an hour at the clinic for your first appointment.  We ask that you come 10 minutes early to fill out paperwork.  For follow up appointments the actual treatment is around 40 minutes.  Please note that your scheduled appointment time is the time we expect you in your recliner and ready to nap.  You may want to arrive a few minutes early to account for rescheduling, bathroom use, chatting with our awesome front desk staff, etc.

Your practitioner may shorten/lengthen your treatment time based on your individual health concerns.

 

How many treatments do I need?

For short-term issues, a handful of acupuncture treatments should do the job. For chronic or long-standing issues, a maintenance schedule would be necessary.  As symptoms go down the need for treatment frequency goes down.  Your acupuncturist will discuss a treatment plan with you.

Keys to getting the most out of acupuncture

*Acupuncture treatments have cumulative benefits, the treatments get stronger the longer you receive them.

*The longer you have had an issue, the longer it could take to see changes.

*In the beginning, more is better if you want to get the ball rolling faster.

*It is ok to receive treatments several days in a row, in the beginning it is encouraged.

*Try to get your next treatment before the effects of the previous one wear off.  Taking 2 steps forward will take you further than taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back.  As the effects build you will be able to go longer in between treatments.

How does the sliding scale work? Do you take insurance? Can I purchase gift certificates?

Our prices are based on a sliding scale of $22-40, you choose how much to pay.  We are able to keep our prices lower by treating a lot of people, so make sure to tell your friends about us.  You get the same treatment no matter how much you pay on the sliding scale.

Because we offer treatments on a sliding scale, the insurance companies will not allow us to bill them directly. If you are using your HSA/FSA card, we are coded as a medical facility through our point of sales system, and it should not be necessary to submit any additional paperwork. If you want a receipt for your insurance company, HSA, FSA, or tax-write-off, you must request a receipt at the time of service and keep it for your records. We do not keep track of individual payments, and cannot offer a receipt at year’s end. Thank you for participating in the systems which help us to keep our fees low!

Gift certificates and packages can be purchased at the clinic or in our online store.
Online Gift Certificates

A note about handicapped parking…

For any of our patients with disabilities, please note that our handicapped parking is located on the North side of the building.  There is a separate entrance to accommodate handicapped parking, additionally, this entrance is wheelchair accessible and walker friendly with no inclines or high steps. Once you enter the building, if you prefer not to travel to the front desk, there is a labeled “doorbell” on the wall.  Ring the doorbell and our front desk employee will gladly come to you.   Additionally, we do have one portable recliner in our treatment room that we can easily collapse and remove in order to accommodate a wheelchair treatment.

While we have done our due diligence to the maximum extent feasible to provide an accessible clinic, we apologize for any inconvenience it may cause that it is technically infeasible to alter the bathroom any further to allow for full wheelchair accessibility.

Who do you recommend for…..

We often get asked for recommendations.   We love to support local businesses!!!

Feel free to check out our TCA recommends page.  If it is on our TCA recommends page it is a business that we either personally use and love, or a business that is owned by somebody we personally know and think is great!

www.TempeAcu.com/TCArecommends