Community Acupuncture Clinics are a way to provide effective, affordable Chinese Medicine to the general public, regardless of insurance coverage or employment status. At a community clinic, patients are treated in a semi-private or group setting. Every attempt is made to maintain a calm, quiet, and comfortable space. In Community Clinic treatment is focused on a specific problem or health issue.
The Community Acupuncture Clinic at Mystic River Acupuncture makes use of our existing private treatment area. Reclining massage tables and patio style “zero gravity” chairs are set up in the treatment rooms and their adjoining hall. Gentle lighting and soft music helps preserve a private and relaxing atmosphere.
At Mystic River Acupuncture’s Community Clinic we address real health issues, and can treat many medical problems. Headaches, allergies and colds, pain of various types, digestive problems, and PMS are only some of the things that can benefit from acupuncture in a community setting.
Community acupuncture is the perfect way to control stress. While most people come for a specific problem, many come to relax and recharge after a busy day, or to calm down before an important event.
If you have a condition that is inappropriate for community clinic, your practitioner will discuss this with you and refer you for private treatment. Meanwhile, you can still enjoy an acupuncture session designed to alleviate stress and improve your general health. People often combine community treatments with private sessions for the treatment of more complicated issues. A community clinic treatment is a healing, restful experience.
What to expect when you come:
It’s best to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to community clinic. When you arrive, you will make your payment and schedule your next appointment at the front desk and then go into the treatment area to choose a chair for treatment. Settle in, remove your shoes and socks. roll up your sleeves and pant legs to elbows and knees, and let your acupuncturist know what you want to work on. After the needles are inserted you will rest for about 15-20 minutes. When the needles are removed, you may take as long as you need to get up. Because of the community aspect, we ask that you keep your voice low during treatment, and leave quietly when your session is complete.
Most Thursdays noon-3pm
Most Saturdays 9am-noon (please call to verify Saturday schedule)
Call or check Twitter for schedule changes.
To ensure time for treatment, please arrive no later than 1/2 hour before the clinic closes.
Before opening the Community Acupuncture Clinic, Kathleen Poole visited a dozen community clinics across the country. Relying on her more than twenty years of experience in acupuncture she established protocols especially for our community clinic. Kathleen is pleased to bring affordable acupuncture in a comfortable setting to Southeastern Connecticut.
photo by Elisa Lathrop