Acupuncture for All
Many people use acupuncture to treat stress and chronic pain. It can also help reduce nausea from cancer treatments. But acupuncture treatments can be expensive and it can be difficult to find a trusted therapist. Now, Mercy is making acupuncture affordable and accessible, bringing it to patients via the new Community Pain and Stress Center.
For just $30 per treatment, patients and community members can receive acupuncture treatments from a licensed acupuncture therapist. A physician referral is not required. “In a private clinic, the average cost for one treatment is about $120; in our clinic, that’s four treatments,” says Maria Mulcahy, L.Ac., director of the new Center.
Acupuncture involves inserting long, very thin needles into specific points on the body. Nix says the average treatment uses four to six needles and lasts five to 15 minutes. "The needles are about the thickness of a human hair," Mulcahy explains. "It doesn't hurt or feel sharp."
The Community Pain and Stress Center is located on the 6th floor of Mercy Hospital and open:
Monday and Friday, 11 am - 4 pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday, 10am - 2 pm
For more information and to make an appointment call 312.567.2078.
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