Melanie Sivley Counseling
The first and most important word in community acupuncture is community. What does that look like in our clinic? It looks like people from all walks of life finding relief from the pain and daily struggles of life in a calm shared space that is owned more by them than it could ever be by us the practitioners. One of the things a lot of people wonder is what it’s like to be treated in the same room as a bunch of other people? First off, we all whisper so it’s still very private, and secondly I’ve observed that generally after a few treatments people start picking spaces next to each other, and forming little unspoken healing groups amongst each other. It’s the strangest thing, but turns out people like to be together!
Wait a minute though, what is acupuncture anyway, I’m not into all that mystical new-agey sort of thing. Acupuncture is over 5,000 years old so it’s about as old-school as it gets! Really it’s pretty simple stuff. We put in a few needles (about a hair’s width) in various points on the body used for millennia for the relief of pain, stress, better sleep, improved digestion and a whole lot more. There’s a lot of theories and evidence of how and why it works, but we generally don’t worry about it too much. Just like the ancient Chinese, we’re more interested in using a tool that we know works, then endlessly debating why. I kinda feel the same way about my phone and computer. Really though, explaining acupuncture is like describing music to someone that’s never heard it. You can describe how interesting and beautiful it is all day long, but it doesn’t really click until you hear it yourself. That’s why the best way to find out if acupuncture is right for you is to just try it and see for yourself.
In the past, a major barrier to seeing if it works for you has been cost. That’s why we use an affordable sliding scale. We don’t think you should have to choose between groceries and your health. We also don’t think you should have to prove that you need care, which is why we don’t ask for any income verification, only that you pay what you can to come in often enough to feel better. That brings me to the other key, frequency. Just like you don’t take one ibuprofen once a month for a splitting headache, the key to success with acupuncture is regular treatments. Thanks to our sliding scale, you can make that work for you and get the treatments you need to get better and stay better.
What it all really comes down to is this:
Shared pain is lessened.
Shared joy is increased.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Urbana Acupuncture is the community acupuncture clinic for the Champaign-Urbana area and has delivered over 17,000 treatments since opening its doors in December of 2011. We are located in Lincoln Square Mall and open 7 days a week. Call us (217) 344-9118 or find us online at urbana-acu.com.