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How Much Better Could It Be?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in acupuncture, Blog | 2 comments

Recently, I came across an article in Acupuncture Today reviewing a book, Evaluating the Economics of Complimentary and Integrative Medicine. The article goes in to more depth, but the big take away for me was the following: “The study followed patients and examined health outcomes as well as costs of acupuncture and costs of direct care. Direct healthcare costs over the next two years for the group receiving acupuncture totaled approximately $367 per patient, while direct healthcare costs for this same time period were approximately $515 per patient for the group receiving usual care only. Adding acupuncture to usual care at a cost of $319 per patient saved an average of $148 per patient (U.S. dollar amounts are estimates based on current values of UK pounds). If the investigators had included factors such as patient out-of-pocket costs and changes in work productivity, the savings may have been even more substantial. Namely, the addition of acupuncture to usual care could have accounted for a net savings of $370 per patient.” This is so encouraging for acupuncture (and the rest of the data bodes well for other fields of complimentary and alternative medicine).

But, this data could be even more impressive if, when evaluating the cost of acupuncture treatments, community acupuncture had been used in the price comparison. Imagine how much higher the savings would have been if the price of a treatment had ranged from $15-$45 instead of $85-$125?

 

Read the article. Read the book if you want. Come get affordable acupuncture and start saving money (and, more importantly, feeling better!).

 

http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=32744

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How Acupuncture Works

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in acupuncture, Blog | 0 comments

How Acupuncture Works

By far the most common question we are asked at the clinic is, “How does acupuncture work?” While this is briefly addressed in our FAQ section, it is asked so frequently that it warrants its own post.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that our bodies are made of energy. This energy is contained in channels (or meridians). When there is an imbalance or blockage in our body’s energy, disease results. In this case, disease can mean a cold, pain, hormonal imbalance, fatigue; anything that brings you discomfort. Acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points (or combination of points) in order to restore balance.

 

Western medicine theorizes that acupuncture works in several ways: it affects endorphines and neurotransmitters, stimulates nerves, and/or creates therapeutic inflammation. These premises are all accurate and there is even some scientific data to back them up. However, these explanations fall short. Our go-to example is the point Urinary Bladder 67. Located at the outside corner of the nail on the last toe, UB67 is typically used for headaches, eye pain, etc. However, it has the additional function of helping to adjust the position of a breech baby. That is not a nerve, neurotransmitter, or endorphine. That has nothing to do with therapeutic inflammation. It is simply one of the beautiful things about acupuncture.

 

In short, no one really knows how acupuncture works, only that it does. And until a grand, unified theory on acupuncture is discovered, the explanations we do have will have to be enough.

 

If our appetizer sized portion of information on the workings of acupuncture has left you hungry, check out Between Heaven and Earth and The Web that Has No Weaver to sate your appetite. And, as always, visit our website or contact us with any of your questions!

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5 Things You Did Not Know About Dominic and Carly

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in acupuncture, Blog | 0 comments

5 Things You Did Not Know About Dominic and Carly

Yes, there is an “About Us” page on the website, but it contains all the boring, obligatory details about our education and whether or not we know what we are doing. This list is far more exciting and, hopefully, lets you all get to know us a little bit better.

 

1. Dominic and Carly met in Inquiry Skills (still don’t have any idea what that class was for) on the first day of high school and Carly decided immediately that she was going to marry Dominic. Dominic told Carly he first knew he liked her “when she was kicking him in the shins in American Government” (apparently kicking a boy in the shins is the best way to show him you want to marry him). They began dating that year and were together 10 years before getting married (they had been together so long that, when Dominic proposed, Carly’s response was “are you serious?”…before saying yes, of course).

 

2. Dominic brews his own beer and has for the last 7 years. It all began when he read about it on the internet and expressed a desire to brew beer at home (a small apartment). Several months later the entryway to the apartment was filled with hops and supplies, while the guest bath tub contained about 100lbs of grain. Since moving back to Fort Myers, Dominic has converted part of the garage into an electric brewing set up and serves homebrew from his homemade, 3 tap keezer (it is DELICIOUS, by the way).

 

3. Carly is deathly afraid of lizards; yes, you read that correctly, Carly is terrified of the little (and sometimes monstrous) brown lizards that run around everywhere. The fear is so strong that, one day while cleaning the back porch, Dominic scared a lizard in Carly’s general direction. Carly had recently injured her Achilles tendon and was in a large walking boot. Galen was about 7 months old at the time and in a walker between Carly and the outside door. As the lizard ran in her direction, Carly screamed, lept over Galen in the walker, and ran out the porch door, rolling her uninjured ankle in the process. Don’t feel bad about laughing, she knows it’s absurd.

 

4. Dominic is currently in the process of converting the yard into a sustainable food forest. Although in its beginning stages, the property is already producing strawberries, blueberries, mulberries, Jamaican cherries, and some tomatoes. He has planted several edible green bushes, avocados, pomegranates, peaches, kumquats, Chinese dates, loquats, and more. Carly loves being able to go into the yard with Galen and snack as they play. Dominic will happily answer any questions about the yard and permaculture in general (read that sentence as: Dominic will talk your ear off on the subject, so inquire at your own risk).

 

5. Dominic and Carly originally believed that community acupuncture was for hippies and communists (although there is nothing wrong with being a hippie or communist, those were not terms they identified with). They fell in to the pattern of many mainstream acupuncturists and complained that making acupuncture affordable “devalued the profession” as a whole. How wrong they were. While operating their exclusive, house calls only practice, Dominic and Carly found they had a lot of extra time on their hands (insert shocking fact that most people cannot afford $125 per treatment here) and decided to provide free, community style acupuncture to the volunteers and recipients at the Our Daily Bread food pantry in Lehigh (their church helps run the pantry). It was an amazing success and, in the 2.5 hours that they were there every other week, they often saw upwards of 30 patients each. The positive results were staggering and the patients truly seemed to enjoy being around one another and sharing in the benefits of treatment. It was in this environment that Dominic and Carly were able to put their passion for helping people to real use and realized that prohibitive pricing was “devaluing the profession,” not providing more people access to the benefits of treatment. It was from this experience that Good Medicine Community Acupuncture was born and it is how Dominic and Carly found their calling.

 

So, that’s us…mostly. There are still some pretty interesting stories, experiences, and bits of knowledge we have to share, so ask away!

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May Special – $10 Acupuncture for Teachers!

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

May Special – $10 Acupuncture for Teachers!

The end of the school year is fast approaching and teachers will soon get a well deserved break. We want to help our teachers start their summer off right so, for the month of May, teachers will receive unlimited treatments at $10 each. Thank you for the job you do and we look forward to seeing you this month!

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Office is Closed Tuesday 4/16/13

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Office is Closed Tuesday 4/16/13

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the office will be closed today, Tuesday April 16th for the birth of our second son. As of now we are planning on being open on Thursday. If that changes, and you have an appointment scheduled for Thursday we will call/email/etc. Thanks!

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Welcome LivingSocial and Groupon People!

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Welcome LivingSocial and Groupon People!

Hey everyone, we’re really excited to have all you beautiful LivingSocial and Groupon people coming to our clinic! We ran one about a year ago, and had a few questions that kept coming up, so we figured this time around we’d put up a new FAQ just for you folks! If you’ve got a specific question that we haven’t answered here, please leave us a comment in the comments section below, or just shoot us an email and we’ll answer it in a hurry. You can also see our regular FAQ and New Patient page for more general questions.

The Groupon/LivingSocial deal says the acupuncture is done in a group treatment setting, does this mean I have to get undressed in front of strangers?

No, not at all. The style of acupuncture we practice uses acupuncture points that are mostly on the arms and legs below the elbow or knee, which allows us to treat problems anywhere on the body without putting needles directly in the affected area. We treat a whole lot of back pain here, for example, and it is extremely rare that anyone gets a needle in their back.

Our Treatment Room in Action

Our Treatment Room in Action

Your site says there’s a $10 new patient fee, does the voucher cover that?

Yes, buying the Groupon or LivingSocial voucher means you won’t pay a thing for as many acupuncture treatments as your voucher is good for.

Do I need an appointment?

Mostly yes. We gladly take walk-ins, but if you make an appointment you’re much less likely to have to wait to be seen. Scheduling online is a breeze, just click on the purple “Book Now” button on the right to get started. If need-be, you can certainly call, text (yes, we will respond to texts) or email, but if you’re reading this you’re already online, so give the online scheduling a try, won’t you?

Hey, I bought one package, can I split the treatments with a friend?

No, each package of 2 or 4 treatments can only be used by one person, but we do have some ways you could share some affordable acupuncture with a friend. If our deal is still live on Groupon: 1) Share it on Facebook! Your friends may want to buy their own and come on in with you! 2) Buy an extra few treatment packages as gifts for your friends. If our special is no longer live, you can still take advantage of our own in-house promo: 3) For the whole month of April, we’ll be doing a “bring a friend and their treatment is $10”. That will be unlimited for the whole month, so bring as many friends as you’d like as often as you’d like, and their treatment will only be $10 each time two or more of you come in together!

Hey, I know the deal page said I could buy one for me, and three as gifts for friends, but I want to use all four for me. That’s cool right?

No. If our regular $15-45 sliding scale is unaffordable for you, please talk to us, we may be willing to work something out on a case by case basis, but only one voucher per person please.

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