Acupuncture in New York City typically involves one patient in a private room. At a community acupuncture clinic, treatments occur in a larger group setting with multiple patients treated simultaneously. Patients are generally treated either in a recliner, on a massage table, or at some clinics on a mat on the floor. Consultations with your practitioner are quick and focused. Patients do not disrobe for treatment but instead roll up their pants and shirtsleeves to their knees and elbows. Some of the benefits of Community Acupuncture include more affordable pricing and greater scheduling flexibility, so it is easier to get the appointment you want.
At Olo Acupuncture, we have private and community room acupuncture available. The community room has four massage tables and two super comfortable recliners. While community acupuncture is ultimately not for everyone, the group healing environment is truly special, and we encourage all to give it a try.
Acupuncture needles are not your doctor's needles. They are super thin, and a treatment feels nothing like a hypodermic injection.We work with people who do not like needles every day and iIf you are less than keen on the idea of being needled, just let us know how you feel and we’ll make sure you are comfortable. Most people, even those afraid of needles, find acupuncture extremely relaxing.
Chances are good that acupuncture has something to offer you. Acupuncture works by correcting the imbalances that cause disease and stimulating your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Even if you are in excellent health by Western medicine’s standards, acupuncture can improve your quality of life by enhancing your mood, boosting energy, and facilitating better sleep.
Acupuncture is effective for a wide range of conditions. For centuries, acupuncture was used as primary health care, and acupuncturists treated everything under the sun. Through the generations, the greatest minds of the times would spend their lives refining their understanding of the human body and these healing techniques. The medicine we practice today reflects this work and is still highly dynamic in its evolution, changing and refining itself as new information and understandings emerge.
Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). If anyone knows how safe acupuncture is, it’s the insurance companies. The minimal cost of our malpractice insurance speaks volumes about the safety of this medicine.
Some claim that acupuncture is painless, though we prefer to say that it depends. While acupuncture is nothing like getting a shot at the doctor’s office, you might experience a prick similar to a bug bite, though there is often no sensation at all. Once inserted, some people describe the needles as producing a gentle throbbing, rushing, or mild pain. Certain points can be more sensitive than others, and while we try not to use the painful points if we don’t need to, there are times when those are the most effective points for a specific condition. If you are sensitive to needles, let us know and we’ll make sure to balance your comfort with your health goals.
Acupuncture is effective for an incredibly wide range of conditions. You can visit our about acupuncture page for more information. Feel free to contact us directly as well.
At Olo, Community Acupuncture is in a spacious room with four tables, two recliners, and several patients receiving treatment at the same time. Consultations are conducted every few visits in a separate room, and any verbal communication between patients and providers in the community room is minimal and kept to a whisper. There is soft music playing and white noise machines whirling in the background.
Private room acupuncture is in a smaller room with one table. Consultations occur during each visit, and you talk with your provider at a typical conversational volume. There is soft music and white noise machines playing in the background while you rest.
Private rooms are a good match for individuals who prefer more privacy and discretion, those who are sensitive to noise or others around them, and anyone who needs more one-on-one time with their providers, such as with more complicated or nuanced conditions. That said, the group healing environment in the community room is truly special, and we encourage all to give it a try.
Being on time is greatly appreciated. Please click here to learn more about about our lateness and cancellation policy.
Olo accepts major credit and debit cards. While we save card info on file, to help keep our transaction costs down and our services more affordable, please pay in the clinic (via swipe or contactless payment) whenever possible.
Cash is accepted, but we ask that you have exact change. If you don’t have exact change, we will credit your account for any amount over the balance owed.
Checks to “Olo Acupuncture” are accepted.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA) cards are accepted. While acupuncture is typically accepted, please direct any questions to your plan administrator regarding the specific requirements of your plan, such as conditions, treatment types, the need for pre-approval, receipts, or similar documentation.
Many health insurance plans cover acupuncture treatments. Visit our insurance page to learn more and submit a verification request. Our providers are mostly out-of-network, but we do have some in-network providers with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
We do not collect tips at Olo, but appreciate the thought.
Your first appointment can last from 1.5 to 2 hours. Follow-up visits usually last 30 minutes to an hour. If you need to leave by a certain time, let the front desk know and we’ll make sure you’re out the door with plenty of time.
If you are interested in treatments at your residence or workplace please contact us for more information.
We currently have acupuncture, acupuncture-facials and massage services. Please visit our services page for the complete list.
We generally recommend frequent and regular treatments when patients get started, so we can best see how you respond to treatment and you can recognize results and gain confidence in the process. In many cases, as symptoms lessen for longer periods of time, we can start reducing the frequency of treatment.
While some patients feel immediate relief or significantly better with each treatment, this does not mean the condition is resolved. Perhaps a good analogy is the use of antibiotics where instead of taking a pill once, you are prescribed a course of treatment that can last for days or weeks. Even if you feel markedly better after a short time, you still need to complete the course of treatment to ensure the best outcome.
Acupuncture is the same. We are changing the way your body is balanced, and this is not something that typically happens in one treatment. Your body needs time to learn how to rebalance itself, so it won’t revert to its old ways.
During your first visit, your acupuncturist will recommend a number and frequency of treatments before we reassess. An example of a typical recommendation is “twice a week for four weeks,” though it could be more or less often depending on various factors, including your health goals and lifestyle. Acupuncture treatments can take time to work and to provide lasting results.
The answer to this question depends entirely on the individual. You will discuss your treatment with your practitioner and together create a plan that balances best practices with your schedule and lifestyle. In general, chronic, long-term conditions take longer to resolve then acute conditions that recently appeared.
Feeling “100 percent” better after your first treatment is not unheard of, especially with more acute or recent injuries, such as minor pains, sprains, or strains. While that’s great news, since symptoms do not appear out of nowhere, experience has taught us that instantaneous relief may not always last. Because of this, we recommend you come in for your follow-up visits, even if you don’t think you need it. With your lifestyle and habits often aggravating the problem area, the effects of acupuncture can wear off over time. Creating lasting change in your body can take several sessions. Keep track of if and when your symptoms reappear, and together, we create a treatment schedule that builds on each successful acupuncture session.
In acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a diagnosis is formed by information gathered from questions and observation. Any piece of information can confirm or contradict a possible diagnosis, so the more information we collect, the more certain we can be.
While some of the information we ask for may seem completely unrelated to the reason you came in, this information can be of vital in correctly determining your diagnosis and designing your treatment plan.
Whether being seen in the community room or a private room, we encourage patients to get comfortable. For some patients, that means being less encumbered by clothing. But for others, we can do most of our work from your elbows and knees to your fingers and toes. For instance, some of the best acupuncture points for back pain are located on your hands. If the practitioner feels a harder-to-access point would be helpful, we will drape you appropriately with sheets to assure your privacy and comfort.
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The Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) has pricing guidelines that we are currently unable to meet due to the economic realities of running a business in downtown Manhattan. We personally support and are delighted by the current success of Community Acupuncture Network clinics and encourage everyone to find their nearest CAN clinic and spread the word.
We take your medical and personal privacy seriously. You can learn more about it on our privacy practices page.
Yes, we accept many insurance plans at Olo Acupuncture. Our providers are mostly out-of-network, but we do have some in-network appointments with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. To learn more, visit our insurance page. There, you can start the verification process to see if your plan covers acupuncture treatments.
We work with patients under Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, Oxford and more. Since all insurance plans differ we require a verification in order to confirm the details of your plans acupuncture coverage.
Jane Terrana, L.Ac. currently sees patients in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
All other providers can see patients as out-of-network providers with all plans.
Medicare covers acupuncture, but only for low back pain when treatment is administered by a Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or a Physicians Assistant. Because of this, we do not accept stand-alone Medicare at Olo.
However, with some Medicare supplemental plans, you can be treated by a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), and there are more conditions covered as well. If you have supplemental coverage, please visit our insurance page, click the "get started" button, fill out the form using your supplemental plan info, and we'll get back to you ASAP.
We do not take no-fault or workers compensation at this time.
An insurance deductible is the amount paid out of pocket by the patient before the insurance company will pay for any billed services. The amount of the deductible depends on the plan.
We can usually get verifications back quickly, but If you would like a treatment before your verification is complete it is best to call to make sure you are scheduled with a provider that takes your insurance. You will need to pay the cash price at the time of treatment, but in the event that you are covered, any amount paid will either go towards co-pays, co-insurance and/or deductibles, or refunded if needed.