What does acupuncture treat?
Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, is a comprehensive medical system that can treat anything from acute problems like heart attacks to chronic issues like back pain. In America, western medicine is far better for acute problems that are life threatening. Hospitals and emergency rooms are easily accessible, so acupuncture is generally used only for non-life threatening health problems.
For physical problems, acupuncture can treat anything you can buy over the counter at Walgreens or Rite Aid: headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, allergies, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), constipation, pain conditions, etc. For emotional problems, acupuncture can treat anything that results from stress or negative past experience: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), excessive anger, grief, sexual assault, low self-esteem, lack of direction and communication and trust issues. At Liberated Spirit, we target the emotional problems first, and the physical ailments improve as a result.
How much do you charge?
For Our Non-Insurance Clients:
Acupuncture New Patient (90 min): $165
Acupuncture Existing Patient (60 min): $100
Acupuncture Consult Only (30 min): $50*
*The consult fee will be applied towards the price of an acupuncture new patient appointment.
Acupuncture/Massage Combo (60 min): $100
Acupuncture/Massage Combo (90 min): $150
Acupuncture/Massage Combo (120 min): $200
Massage and/or Reiki (30 min): $45
Massage and/or Reiki (60 min): $80
Massage and/or Reiki (90 min): $115
Massage and/or Reiki (120 min): $150
Essential Oil Consult Only: $50*
*The consult fee is included in the price of an acupuncture treatment.
Essential Oils: varies - priced per drop with custom formulas. Average range from $20-$50.
For Our Insurance Clients:
Yes, we accept private health insurance as well as Worker's Compensation and Motor Vehicle Accident patients! Please see our Insurance page for full details.
What should I expect during my first treatment?
If you're new to Liberated Spirit, welcome!
Please see our New Patient Information page for full details.
Do you have free parking?
Yes! You can use the two parking spaces labeled "reserved 150" or the three parking spaces labeled "visitor" in the parking lot behind our building on High Alley - 12th Ave between Pearl and High Street. There is also ample two hour street parking along both High Street and 12th Ave.
How does acupuncture work?
The truth is nobody knows. However, we do know what it impacts in the body. Researchers have performed tests before and after an acupuncture treatment, and we know that acupuncture improves circulation, increases white blood cell count (strengthens the immune system), decreases inflammation, reduces pain and regulates the neurotransmitters and hormones that control stress, appetite, sleep and mood.
Do the needles hurt?
Not really. You might feel a little pinch when the needle is first inserted, but frequently you will feel nothing at all. The current associations most people have with needles - like getting a blood draw or a vaccination at your doctor’s office - are completely different from acupuncture. Hypodermic needles are significantly thicker than acupuncture needles because they are hollow. Acupuncture needles are solid (filiform), and roughly 15-40 acupuncture needles can fit into one hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are the thickness of a single human hair (roughly .20 mm).
Can I get an infection from acupuncture needles?
It is highly unlikely that you will contract any diseases from an acupuncture needle. Acupuncture needles are sterile, stainless steel, one-time use disposable needles. The needles are also inserted in between the cells, so bleeding is infrequent.
Do I have to keep getting acupuncture to prevent my condition from coming back?
Yes and no. If your condition is post traumatic stress disorder from a prior assault, then it will eventually resolve because it was an isolated incident. If your condition is anxiety due to work stress from your current job, then it will likely come back because you are constantly re-exposing yourself to the cause of the problem. Note, you will need to come less often the more acupuncture you have (it has a cumulative impact), but your anxiety will likely return at some point until you are out of the toxic environment.