When people learn about community acupuncture (CA) they are often interested in how this treatment style differs from the more typical 1-on-1 treatment environment that we focus on at Watershed Wellness. While the situation is more complex than a simple chart can convey, here are the most obvious differences between the more typical 1-on-1 treatment style we offer here and our new community acupuncture offering.
|Community Acupuncture (our new offering of acupuncture in a group setting)
|1-on-1 Care (the regular appointment type at WW)
|Open area with several patients, less private, more communal, your practitioner is working with several patients simultaneously
|Individual private consultation space, practitioner sees only one patient per hour in normal circumstances – more 1-on-1 attention
|In a heated reclining chair that can go significantly far back, but can never be flat. Side lying and face down posture is impossible.
|Multiple options including massage table where you can be completely flat, side-lying, or face down as needed. Chair also possible in this setting.
|Acupuncture only, Only conditions that can be treated with points on the arms & legs.
|Acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, guasha, herbal medicine (additional treatment options depend on practitioner & diagnosis
|No insurance accepted, credit card required to sign up for an appointment.
|Insurance billing available for many plans, including VA benefits (with referral)
|Varies based on treatment rendered, treatment time & insurance company requirements (if insurance). If cash at time of service, new patients are $140 and returning patients are $115.
|~45 minutes, with 30 of that being resting with needles in place.
|~60 minutes, depending on practitioner and situation, with 30 of that being resting with needles in place
|Only one day per month for now. Interested in seeing our offering expand – answer our survey!. Only 2 of our practitioners are available at a time.
|6 days a week, many options available, all practitioners available.
|Well suited for
|Uninsured and underinsured people. Musculoskeletal pain conditions. Symptoms of stress & overwork. Increasing treatment frequency in the context of a more traditional treatment plan in the 1-on-1 setting.
|This treatment style is well suited to a wide variety of conditions, depending on the practitioner and their expertise. You can learn more about our practitioners here.