The idea that you can find affordable acupuncture in NYC might sound like an impossible task when everything in New York City is so expensive!
No one could blame you for just assuming that acupuncture in NY is going to be expensive just because it's considered "alternative medicine." However, the truth is acupuncture is cheap to deliver - the only real equipment is the needles and of course the expertise of a licensed professional. Here are some things to consider when shopping around for a good provider:
1. A Reasonable Rate. You shouldn't have to spend more than $50 for a regular acupuncture session. The fact is there are a number of good places in NYC that offer acupuncture at this rate, so paying more doesn't really make sense. Some people think, "you get what you pay for," so they will pay much more. But in acupuncture, this idiom doesn't really hold true, because the places that charge a little less are likely to be much busier. That means the practitioners are more experienced, which means you are likely to get better care at a cheaper facility. A rare win-win!
2. Only Get Treatment When Necessary. As much as I love acupuncture, the fact is that it is not always needed. We have an ever-expanding library of resources available for free that will help you learn more about your body and how to treat it at home, for free. Check it out before making an appointment!
3. Treatment Plan. Even when a place charges a reasonable rate, you should always make sure they provide a treatment plan when you go in to see them. Every one is different, so it is not possible to say definitely how many sessions a specific problem will need to get better. HOWEVER, a good acupuncturist should give you a general timeline, and set up regular re-evaluations to make sure you are on the right track. This will ensure you are not paying for more sessions that is actually necessary. It will also ensure that you are given an end-date, where you can honestly say whether or not the treratments are helping. Many providers do not want to offer a treatment plan, because then they are expected to dfeliver some kind of result in a specified time range. If your provider is not upfront about how many sessions you will need to start noticing a real difference in your symptoms, you may want to look for another provider.
4. A Workable Schedule. The fact is that most problems will require a number of sessions before they get better - this is a normal part of acupuncture (all the more reason to find a place that doesn't charge an arm and a leg for each session!). When looking for an acupuncturist, be sure to find someone who is available enough for you to see your treatment plan through to the end. Acupuncture cannot help you if you stop going after one or two sessions because it was too hard to make an appointment.
5. Look for an Acupuncturist Who's Open to Reviews. Transparency is always important in any medical clinic, and having an acupuncturist that is open to customer reviews is going to show their honesty. When they're affordable, the best thing that can be done is for customers to spread the word to others through those reviews. Having a page on their website that allows these reviews opens up the clinic to people while also removing any trepidation someone might have about acupuncture.
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