At Current Wellness, we offer both private acupuncture sessions, as well as community acupuncture sessions. Our acupuncturist is Allyson Schurtz (she/her). Click here to read more about Allyson.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a key component of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of very thin needles at strategic points on the body.
There are over 2,000 acupuncture points on the body which are connected by pathways (meridians). These pathways allow vital fluids and energy (Qi), which are integral to the overall health and wellbeing, to travel throughout the body. Over the course of our lives due to various physical and emotional trauma, injury, and stress, the flow within the meridians can stagnate or become blocked. Acupuncture helps to relieve this and return the body to a more optimal state.
Physiologically, when needles are inserted into the body, it initiates an immune response bringing blood flow, oxygen, and white blood cells to the tissue. It also stimulates the central nervous system to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes modulate the nervous system and pain receptors in the body.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat issues such as nausea, pain, addiction, headaches, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, fertility support, and asthma.
What does acupuncture help with?
Due to its regulatory and holistic nature, acupuncture can help support most issues. It decreases inflammation, optimizes blood flow and detox pathways, and promotes nervous system regulation; all of which are imperative to the healing process and overall well-being. It’s very common that people come in with a few primary concerns but over the course of treatment realize that other chronic issues have improved as well.
The most common things Allyson works with:
- Stress and nervous system regulation
- Mental Health (anxiety, depression, C-PTSD, OCD, etc)
- Reproductive and menstrual health/hormonal imbalances
- Pain management
- Digestive issues
- Sleep issues
To learn more about Allyson's philosophy, head over to her website here. Read more about our acupuncturist's services and appointment booking below. Appointments will be held at 219 South East St. Raleigh, NC.
What is Community Acupuncture?
It is an abbreviated version of a typical treatment. You will be receiving acupuncture in a small group setting (four spots are available each hour). It will be a no-phone, no-talking zone with meditative music to enhance the effects of the treatment.
When you arrive, you’ll take a seat, and we will briefly chat about what you would like to focus on that day. You can also ask me any questions you have about acupuncture, the needles, sensations etc. I will feel your pulse and look at your tongue (important diagnostic tools in Chinese Medicine), and recline you back in a zero gravity chair and begin inserting the needles. You will relax for 25-30 minutes with the needles in and then I will remove them and your session will be over.
How is it different from a One-on-One Session?
Community acupuncture is good if you need a quick tune up, stress reliever, One-on-one sessions are ideal for people who would like to do a deeper dive into their health concerns. Those sessions are 60-75 minutes and allow the space for us to get more specific, in-depth, and customize a treatment plan for your situation. These sessions are also great if you have more complex, or chronic issues, or areas of pain that require a massage table to reach (ie. upper/lower back, hips, glutes etc). These sessions also include more customized guidance around lifestyle, nutrition, herbal medicine, supplementation, and discussions on potential referrals to other providers when needed.
How long are Community Acupuncture Sessions?
From start to finish, about 1 hour. This is intended to fit into a lunch break and be a more efficient, consolidated treatment. If you need to leave a little early just let me know and we can get going more quickly.
Booking and Pricing:
One-on-One Acupuncture Sessions: Head over here to schedule.
- $175 Initial Assessment
- $105 Follow Up
- Save 10-15% on packages!
Community Acupuncture Sessions: $50/session (Approx 1 hour in length). To book a community acupuncture session, use the scheduling tool below.