Acupuncture has been used by “Eastern” practitioners for thousands of years because of its belief to move energy through stagnant points and pathways of the body. When the flow of energy is blocked, there is a disruption in ones health that may cause illness or pain. By stimulating the flow of energy along these paths, energy is transmitted and health restored. “Western” medicine has investigated the significance of these practices and found that stimulating nerves at the surface of the body can have a positive effect on internal muscles and organs by altering physiological and biochemical factors.
The points of stimulation are areas with electrical sensitivity. Inserting hair-thin needles in these points stipulate receptors that stimulate nerves, which transmit instruction to the hypothalamic-pituitary glands in the brain. These glands release neurotransmitters and endorphins which are the body’s natural pain-killers. These also affect the bodies hormonal system and Serotonin levels. This is why acupuncture can be an effective form of treatment for PTSD, depression, back and joint pain, arthritis, PMS, fertility, inflammation, muscle spasms and many other ailments related to the central nervous system. This does not even take into consideration the positive psychological effects that acupuncture has been shown to positively affect, but that may vary depending on the recipient.
We offer “community” acupuncture because we have found that there are many benefits. Community acupuncture allows families and friends to be treated together in the same room and rely on the comfort and comradery of the ones they love. Community acupuncture allows us to offer acupuncture to our community at a cheaper price as opposed to private sessions. And finally, getting acupuncture with your community can be a social event, allowing you to meet new people with common interests.
Our acupuncturists undergo extensive training and are regulated by the individual states’ medical board. Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is that it has virtually no side effects: occasionally, some individuals may get slight bruising or light bleeding, minimal compared to most alternatives.
Depending on the individual and location of the insertion, you may feel an initial prick or pinching sensation, but after the needles have been applied, most will feel no pain. Rather, there are certain sensations associated with acupuncture, including tingling or pulsation. And due to increased endorphins flowing through the brain, some may feel dizzy or euphoric. Most find it comfortable and relaxing, and often fall asleep during treatment.
Depending on your medical condition, treatment frequency varies. On your initial intake, our practitioners will determine a plan that works for you.
Wear loose clothing that can be rolled up to your knees and elbows, turn off your phone, eat something light so that you are not bothered by hunger pangs, and use the restroom shortly before treatment so that you will be comfortable throughout. You should not consume alcohol, caffeine or any other mind altering drugs 3 hours prior to your visit unless directed to take by a doctor. Please refrain from wearing heavy colognes or perfumes.
If you would like us to check on your benefits before your initial visit, make sure we receive the appropriate information at least 4 days before your visit. If you have insurance that covers acupuncture we will be able to give you a payment receipt that you can submit.
The initial visit will take about an hour and a half with consultation and filling out forms. Subsequent visits can range from 30 minutes to an hour (children: 20-30 min).
Acupressure in place of acupuncture may work just as well and is frequently used for children.
The Inn Spot Community Acupuncture & Stress Relief Lounge offers low-cost acupuncture, integrative health services & healing arts to our community. We provide high quality treatments by licensed acupuncturists in a healing supportive community setting. The Inn Spot offers very affordable rates so that finances are not a barrier to receiving health services regularly and as needed.