and can be far more effective than you may think.
Since opening in 2010, we have helped over 10,000 people from Chico and surrounding communities live with less pain, greater energy, improved mood, better digestion, and so much more. Many also gained a greater sense of autonomy over their own health: they got acupuncture and felt better, they used this simple, safe, easily accessible tool to live a healthier life.
When you get treated with one of our licensed acupuncturist, your body releases natural pain killers, reduces inflammation, and increases blood flow for healing.
Current research points to the fact that acupuncture is beneficial for a range of conditions. Fundamentally acupuncture works by taking you out of “fight or flight” mode (sympathetic nervous system) and activates your “rest and digest” mode (parasympathetic nervous system), promoting your body to heal and regenerate.
Acupuncture can help with:
Neck and shoulder pain
Colds and Flus
And many more common and uncommon conditions
Get Treated, Get Better, Stay Better
Treatments are given by our team of experienced Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.), who all have at least a four year Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our acupuncturists maintain their license with the state of California by completing at least 25 hours of further education each year. We only use sterile, single use acupuncture needles (tiny, made from surgical stainless steel). Treatments are given in a spacious tranquil room arranged with recliner chairs that other patients will be resting in while you receive your treatment. During treatment, you will be in a comfortable recliner. Some people find the experience deeply relaxing, sometimes people are nervous about needles, or trying something new…..there is space for you, exactly as you show up. You will stay resting with your needles for about 20 minutes to an hour.
For some people, they experience relief while they’re laying in the chair. In many cases, it is most effective to receive regular treatments over an extended period of time (e.g. 10 treatments over 3-10 weeks as an initial course of treatment) which enables us to build momentum for your healing. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect that works best with consistency.
You don’t have to have any specific condition to be treated, either. You might just want to maintain optimal health and balance your mood. Many patients report increased energy, reduced stress, better sleep, and improved immune function.
$20-40 Sliding Scale: You Decide What You Pay
Chico Community Acupuncture charges between $20-$40 sliding scale per treatment. Although the average cost of treatment is $30, we NEVER want cost to be a reason for you not to get treated. Please pay what you are able to afford to be able to come in often enough to get better. That’s why we have a sliding scale. Your treatment is not affected by how much you pay. A $10 first-visit fee applies to new patients.
Pro Tip: For chronic conditions, watch for improvements in sleep, mood, and energy.
These are often the first signs that the treatments are working.
Effective, Quality Care
We believe that acupuncture and natural medicine should be accessible to as many people as possible. Since 2010 we’ve been a valuable tool in people’s healthy tool kit.
Our Licensed Acupuncturists have a four year Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. They maintain that license with yearly continuing education.
Any Further Questions?
What can acupuncture treat? (Almost everything).
Does it hurt? (No).
How does it work? (It’s simple).
Reset optimal function in your body with Chico Community Acupuncture
First, call or book online to make an appointment. When you walk in the front door (which is accessed through the parking lot) for your appointment, you enter the reception area, where you check in and pay for your session (we accept cash, checks, and credit cards). First time visitors fill out a patient chart
After you check in, you open the door to the treatment room, and you might already get a feeling for the healing energy in the room. You become aware of the softly playing music. You might pick up a blanket or two to cover your feet or upper body during treatment. There are pillows to your right if you think you need additional support for comfort. You find your recliner, sit down, take off your shoes and socks, recline back and get comfortable.
Within a few minutes, one of our acupuncturists will come over to you, asking, “So what can we do for you?” or, “How are you feeling today?” or, “What seems to be the trouble?”
If it’s your first visit, the acupuncturists will go over your chart with you. You can share what’s going on, either describing your situation or just saying, “I need a tune-up." Although it may be most appropriate for your visit to focus on one area of concern, acupuncture always treats you as a whole. The practitioner may check your pulse at your wrist or ask to see your tongue, which are basic diagnostic tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Then, they will use an alcohol swab to clean the skin and place the hair-thin, sterile, single-use needles. You may feel a small poke or pressure when the needle is inserted, but most commonly you’ll ask, “What that it? Oh, you already put it in?”.
You may feel sensations of energy moving in your body at this point, some people describe it as a heightened sense of physical awareness and conscious relaxation. The needles influence your parasympathetic nervous system, releasing endorphins (feel good hormones) which may make you feel calm and tingly. This promotes digestion, strengthens the immune system, and triggers the body’s ability to heal itself. Now all you have to do is let the needles do the work.
After about 20 minutes, or whenever you feel ready to leave, you simply catch the eye of one of the clinicians and they will remove your needles, thereby completing your treatment.