Sarah, I'm sorry to hear about your bruise at Working Class Acupuncture.
I had a different experience with low-cost (or no cost) acupuncture in this town.
Two summers ago, I got nerve damage to the point of significant loss of circulation, muscle tone, and function in my right (dominant) hand. Nothing helped. Nerves take a LONG time to heal, and I did not have the money to pursue many medical options, since (oh yeah) I couldn't use my hand, so I couldn't work at 90% of the jobs out there, and 100% of the jobs I had experience in.
I went to the student acupuncture clinic at Outside In, and while it was occasionally true that I had to assert myself to get the kind of care I needed (everyone wanted to try their own herbal mixtures on me) my care was always overseen by VERY experienced certified acupuncturists (a master's degree), and 95% of my experiences were....wonderful.
I would go in with my hand numb, cold, and tingling, and leave with it feeling a lot more like a hand. Little by little, I regained function, feeling, and strength. I also got a stream of acupuncture providers who not only took good care of me but truly seemed to care about me....as well as about any of the other clients who came in, no matter who they were and what was wrong with them. Coming to Outside In for my twice a week appointments was the highlight of my week.
Fortunately, my hand was well on its way to healing by the time (unfortunately) Outside In's funding got cut, so they had to begin charging $25 minimum per session, which priced me out. They HATED asking for that amount of money, too - the cashier apologized about five times for the price increase. I think they got some funding back, but if I have anything to say about it, I'd like to shout it from the rooftops that students can give AMAZING acupuncture, and that every day many of them quietly release people from pain or, in my case, help them regain the use of their bodies and their ability to keep a roof over their heads. There are no short-term disability benefits available to most of us, so many are vulnerable to anything that yanks the ability to earn just one or two paychecks away.
THANK YOU OUTSIDE IN!!!!!!!!
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