Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Down Economy Creates Need for Affordable Acupuncture

Down Economy Creates Need for Affordable Acupuncture

Affordable Acupuncture clinic opens to provide access to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine during tough economic times. Staffed by experienced, professional acupuncturists, Affordable Acupuncture provides one-on-one treatments in private room settings at a lower cost than most acupuncture schools, private acupuncture practices and community acupuncture clinics.

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) June 24, 2009

Even in good times holistic healthcare can be expensive. Most treatments are not covered by insurance and can cost patients hundreds if not thousands of dollars per month. Regardless, visits to alternative medical providers continue to rise as Americans look for help with chronic conditions, pain and general well-being in places other than their doctor's and pediatrician's offices often at great expense to themselves.

"I don't think people should have to live in pain because they can't afford to get help," says Naomi Richman, the founder and president of Affordable Acupuncture in Scottsdale, AZ. "Our goal is to offer high-quality, low-cost acupuncture and Chinese Medicine that everyone can afford. People should be able to get the care they need at a price that fits their budget."

Richman says that the idea for Affordable Acupuncture arose out of a growing need for low-cost acupuncture clinics. "Times are tough. People don't have the expendable income they once did," says Richman.

One response to these tough economic times has been an increase in community acupuncture clinics. Community clinics offer acupuncture in one large room where patients sit on recliners. Their fees are based on a sliding scale and generally run between $15 and $45 dollars.

"I think community acupuncture is a great concept," says Richman, "but because you are treating many people in one room and only from the front, I think you are limited in what you can treat and who will come into your office. I like privacy during treatments so I can fully relax without distractions. I wanted patients to have access to that same quality of care."

The Affordable Acupuncture clinic consists of a number of single-bed rooms playing soothing music. Patient's come in with a wide variety of conditions including allergies, asthma, headaches, back and neck pain, infertility, digestive problems, sleep issues, fatigue and stress. Some also come in for routine health maintenance. "Chinese medicine is most effective when patients have multiple treatments. It also emphasizes prevention. Because our rates are so low, people can afford to come in a number of times when they struggling with a chronic condition or attempting to get pregnant. They also come in for treatments when they are just starting to feel run down or before a stressful event to prevent themselves from getting sick," says Richman.

Treatments at Affordable Acupuncture include: acupuncture, ear acupuncture, cupping, electro-acupuncture, shiatsu massage and herbal consultations. Treatments range from $20-$40 for Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and $60 for a 50-minute shiatsu massage.

For more information about Affordable Acupuncture visit www. AffordableAcupuncture. com or call 480-650-0729