FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma,
blood pressure -high and low,
carpel tunnel, chronic fatigue, cold/flu,
depression, digestive issues, dizziness,
gynecological, premenstrual (PMS), menopause,
headaches/migraines, hot flashes,
infertility, morning sickness, labor induction,
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
lack of energy,
numbness -hands and feet,
urinary disorders...just to name a few.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Acupuncture needles are much thinner than the needles used for injections. If you feel them at all, it will be a sensation similar to pulling a single hair. Needles may be placed in sensitive areas of the hands and feet which some people may find uncomfortable. You may experience warmth, tingling, numbness, distending or a heavy feeling at the needle site. This is normal and even desired.
HOW CAN I GET ACUPUNCTURE WHILE SEATED IN A RECLINER?
All of our patients are seated in recliners during treatments. We administer a style of acupuncture where we need access to your elbows and knees. Most of the points used are in your hands and feet. After the needles are inserted, most patients are very relaxed and often fall asleep.
I THREW MY BACK OUT, WHY PUT NEEDLES IN MY HANDS AND FEET?
Acupuncture points for back pain are not only in your back. Meridian points in your body are interconnected. These points in the hands and feet send signals of 'qi' or energy to the stagnant areas needing circulation. Basically, the channels release blockages when the floodgates open up. The effectiveness and results are often profound and reduces the need for a complicated explanation. For additional information, many questions are best answered in "Why Did You Put That Needle There?" by Andy Wegman, a POCA comrade.
WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?
We do not take insurance. All treatments are paid in full at the time of service. Our sliding-scale rates are comparable to many co-pays. All detailed receipts for insurance reimbursement are available upon request.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We use an honor-based sliding-scale from $30 - $50 for the first visit and $25 - $50 on subsequent visits.
Pay what you can. No proof of income required. All methods of payment are accepted.
Please give us 24 hours to cancel/reschedule your appointment so we can offer it to another patient. We strictly enforce a late cancel/no-show fee of $25 as we are in high demand with limited slots. We understand life happens and we do our best to accommodate busy schedules but holding an empty chair hurts all of us. Thank you for understanding.
HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH TO PAY ON THE SLIDING-SCALE?
It's an honor-based system and patients are empowered to choose where they fall on the scale. We know everybody has a different financial situation and often it varies by the month. Access to acupuncture should not be hindered by your wallet. Making treatments affordable help patients visit more frequently. And frequent visits are likely to yield better results. Patients able to pay on the higher end helps offset the patients that pay on the lower end. Everyone gets the same level of service regardless of what they pay.
HOW LONG IS THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?
A short health consultation intake is used to determine a diagnosis before acupuncture is administered. The treatment begins when needles are inserted and patients stay for 30 - 45 min. The entire first visit is usually an hour, no more than 1.5 hours.
HOW LONG IS THE RETURN VISIT?
Based on previous visit notes, a treatment plan continues. Once the needles have been inserted, patients typically stay for 30 - 45 minutes, making the total treatment time approximately one hour.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
It depends on what you have going on. If you're being treated for an acute condition, you should see positive results almost immediately. Treatment for an acute condition can be possibly be treated within 2 to 3 visits. However, it is generally more effective to come in several times in one week versus once a week for a month. Chronic conditions are generally treated in course of 8 to 12 weekly treatments. Recovery may not be achieved until after several courses of treatment, but you should feel a gradual improvement after each visit.
HOW IS LINCOLN SQUARE ACUPUNCTURE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CLINICS?
We are a small family business dedicated to making acupuncture affordable and accessible by providing this service to our community for the last 16 years. We know treatments are effective when everyone is collectively healing together in a socially distanced shared space. Knowledge gained through years of experience puts us above the rest as we redefine acupuncture in Lincoln Square.
4720 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
773-878-3888 call or text