What is community acupuncture?

Community acupuncture represents a return to the traditional treatment approach used in Asia. At the Pin Cushion in Seattle, acupuncture clients are treated in a group setting in comfortable recliners and remain fully clothed while needles are applied to the distal (lower arms and legs) parts of the body. This treatment approach makes acupuncture more affordable and accessible.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is a way to balance the energies of the body and bring about overall wellness. Some of the specific ailments acupuncture has been shown to treat effectively are:
• Anxiety & Depression 
• Arthritis, Tendonitis, & Joint pain 
• Asthma & Allergies 
• Auto Injuries 
• Bladder and Kidney Infections 
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
• Common Cold & Influenza 
• Degenerative Disk Disorders
• Fibromyalgia 
• Headaches & Migraines 
• Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) 
• Indigestion, Gas, Bloating, Constipation 
• Insomnia 
• Menopause Symptoms 
• Musculoskeletal pain 
• Nausea 
• Orthopedic Conditions 
• Pain - other kinds 
• PMS & Menstrual Irregularity 
• Skin Conditions
• Sports Injuries 
• Tension / Stress Syndromes 
• Work Injuries

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Every effort is made to ensure proper placement and disposal of needles. Your acupuncturist has received safety certification as part of her state licensing requirements. Small hair-fine needles are used only once and then placed in a designated safety container for disposal.


Oh yes, recliners. We do believe—and many clients back us up on this—that the recliners are far more comfortable than massage tables while offering equal accessibility.  We also have 2 massage tables available on a first come first serve basis.  If you have an injury that requires your use of a massage table, please call in to let us know before you show up for your appointment.

How will you treat my back pain if my back is not accessible when I’m seated face up?

When treating pain it is always preferable to avoid going into the inflamed or injured area. Ancient Chinese practitioners mapped energy pathways throughout the body and passed their knowledge down to us. From a distant access point, we can activate the specific pathway flowing to your area of discomfort or distress.


What about privacy?

Your acupuncturist will talk to you in a low whisper in the treatment room and then apply the needles. You will remain fully clothed during treatment as we use points on the lower arms and legs only.    For follow-up visits we will rely less on dialogue and more on channel and pulse diagnosis to determine the treatment plan.  Most of the other clients in the treatment room will have their eyes closed and may even be fast asleep.

Will it hurt?

The needles usually do not hurt, with the exception of an occasional pinching sensation upon insertion. Acupuncture needles are thin, hair-fine solid needles, different than the hollow hypodermic injection needles that are used for shots. Most people find the experience very pleasant and relaxing, and often fall asleep during treatment. We call it “napping with needles”.

How long does a treatment take?

The first visit will take a bit longer (75 minutes) as we will go over your health history, and follow-up visits take about an hour. The needles should be retained for at least 30 minutes for maximum health benefit.

How often will I need to come in for treatment?

Every person has a different health history, health need and recovery capacity. We will recommend a course of treatment that fits your individual health profile. Acupuncture is a form of therapy, so more than likely you will need more than one treatment to alleviate your condition. Typically acute conditions require less time to treat; often 3-5 treatments will suffice. Chronic, stubborn ailments will take more time and a typical course of treatment will include 10-20 visits.

Do you accept insurance?

We want to make the treatment process as simple and pleasant as possible, therefore we do not accept insurance. It is our hope that this does not offend, and that our sliding scale fits into your budget much like an insurance co-pay. If you wish to bill your insurance company for reimbursement, please request the necessary paperwork and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Can I fill out my paperwork ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can find our health history paperwork here.

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