Still wondering why I'm offering affordable acupuncture treatments here in Bellingham, WA? Here's a wonderful documentary detailing how affordable acupuncture is changing the face of Chinese Medicine in America.
While I don't have a big enough space here at Fairhaven Integrative Health to truly offer community acupuncture like I do in Skagit County, I'm still making it as accessible as possible for those who need it the most.
Have a watch! Short, poignant, and important:
Getting To The Point is a wonderful documentary that attempts to show how Western Medicine is becoming more and more integrated with Traditional Chinese Medicine and opens up the conversation about acupuncture in its current state as well as where it's headed. Highlighting the work of Ruth McCarthy, it shows her work at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, CA as she works treating children with Cancer. It also shows Acupuncturists Without Borders and their work around the globe bringing acupuncture to those in need.
Go check it out!
According to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey, over 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain. The response of pain management with opioids, of course, has been damaging, to say the least.
This meta-analysis study that finds acupuncture effective for chronic pain:
I came across this NPR article talking about the military's embrace of acupuncture. How cool!
In fact, the only hospital I've been in that had acupuncturists on staff was Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, where I volunteered on the Integrative Pain Management floor.
I treat a lot of different kinds of pain, and I work on low-back, sciatic, and hip pain in the zero gravity chairs. We do have that table though to treat back pain directly if needed. Patients also won't be disrobing, even on the table
Here are some common things I tend to see: various pain management issues, insomnia issues (snoring and apnea are difficult), IBS, constipation, loose stools, menopause symptoms, PMS, allergies, sinus congestion, cold/flu and cough, PTSD, addictions and smoking cessation, arthritis, fibromyalgia, fatigue.
Patients with high stress and anxiety tend to get quick relief and feel quite relaxed.
Contrary to what some people think, many patients prefer how relaxing it is to be in a room with other patients after they've tried it. Most people fall asleep.
I really do my best to provide gentle, non-painful needling, and have a lot of experience doing so!
Patients here wear loose, comfortable clothing so I can treat from the elbows down to the hands and knees down to feet, the head and ears.
You'll spend 10-15 min talking with me, receive your acupuncture, and get to relax with your needles in for 30-35 min. So, the total time with me will be about 45-50 min.
Dr. Sarah and Joseph Garrett have a new clinic location for Fairhaven Integrative Health, where I'll be providing $30 acupuncture treatments in a small group setting.
No, that's not a typo. $30 Acupuncture.
Is this an opening special? Is it affordable because it's not as good as other acupuncture that's $100 per visit?
No and no. I've billed insurance companies $75+ for my services elsewhere, and I can give you essentially the same treatment for less than half the cost.
Why am I doing this and how does it work?
Simple. I will see up to three patients per hour at Fairhaven Integrative Health, which enables me to charge less per patient. I'm doing this because most people either can't afford acupuncture or their health insurance doesn't cover acupuncture. I'm trying to see those people.
So what's really the difference between seeing you in a group acupuncture setting and another acupuncturist?
I won't be spending a lot of time talking with you about diet, herbs, and supplements. We'll spend just enough time together talking about why you're in for your appointment, and then I'll give you your acupuncture treatment. I work with excellent Naturopaths who can talk with you more, order lab testing, or prescribe herbs or supplements.
Basically, when you see almost any acupuncturist, there will always be a certain amount of time when you're just relaxing with the acupuncture needles in you and they go do something else. All I really do differently is treat other patients while you are relaxing with the needles in you.
Come see me for the only acupuncture of its kind in Fairhaven!
I'm Matthew Stuckey, a licensed East Asian Medicine practitioner. I practice acupuncture in Bellingham and Burlington, WA. I'm passionate about sharing this ancient art of healthcare with you, and providing you the best treatments possible.