Down to Earth Acupuncture

Down to Earth Acupuncture is a Community Acupuncture practice in Worcester, MA.

Our mission is to make acupuncture affordable so that more people can experience its many health benefits.

New patient appointments cost $45. Follow-up visits are charged on a sliding scale of $25-$45 per treatment. You decide how much you can afford to pay within this range; we will never ask for income verification, and the amount you pay will not influence the care you receive.

Our treatments are tailored to each individual and take place in a group, with patients relaxing in recliner chairs. This community setting is similar to the way acupuncture traditionally is practiced in China.

Find out how acupuncture can help you. Contact us with any questions or schedule an appointment by calling our office or using the online system. You can learn more about Community Acupuncture or even become a member of our cooperative at the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA).

At Down to Earth Acupuncture we treat a wide variety of conditions and a diverse group of patients. We welcome people of all races, national origins, ages, religions, abilities or disabilities, shapes and sizes, incomes, marital statuses, sexual orientations, sexes, and gender identities.

 

Latest News from the Office

  • New COVID Requirements (7/6/2020)

    Masks are required at all times and must cover both the nose and mouth.

    By attending an appointment at our office, you are confirming that the answers to the following questions are all negative:

    In the past 24 hours, have you experienced any of the following new symptoms that you cannot attribute to another health condition: Fever, Cough, Chills, Shortness of breath, Sore throat, Muscle aches, Headache, Loss of taste or smell, Diarrhea, Red/painful/itchy toes?

    Have you been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

    Have you traveled outside of northeast in past 14 days?

  • Re-opening Plans (5/26/2020)

    I can’t wait to get back in the office and start treating again! Our tentative date for re-opening is June 9. We are not doing any scheduling yet; another email will go out some time next week when the schedule is open.

    In the meantime, there are a lot of changes coming that we want you to be aware of. Like all businesses, we have had to pivot quickly to incorporate all of the necessary regulations and suggestions for keeping everyone safe.

    Keep in mind, this is a work in progress. Not all of these changes are necessarily permanent, and some of our procedures may change as we continue to seek out best practices. Please bear with us through this time. We know change can be distressing, but please know that we are doing our best to make this work and continue to help our patients.

    Important Changes
    New office procedures: These will be detailed below.

    New office hours: To begin, we will be in the office Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-6:00pm and Saturday 9:30am-1:00pm

    New scheduler: We are switching our scheduler to Schedulicity. When scheduling is open, you will have to create an account with Schedulicity to make your DTE appointments.

    New scheduling limits: We will be scheduling 4 people per hour, with treatments lasting 45 minutes, to minimize overlap. New Patient appointments will be unavailable for the month of June. We will also not be taking walk-ins for the foreseeable future.

    New payment options: You will now be able to pay by credit card when you schedule online. You can also pay by credit card, cash, or check in the office. However, we do prefer contactless payments (paying online or using your prepaid package) whenever possible. We will no longer be signing prepaid cards but instead tracking them through the scheduler. We will not be able to provide change for cash payments.

    New prices: To offset the impact of scheduling less people per hour and per week, effective immediately our new sliding scale for returning patients will be $25-$45. New patient appointments will be a flat fee of $45 and new patients must pay for their appointment in advance.

    Eventually, we plan to offer a discounted package deal. If you have a current prepaid package, your prices will not change for the duration of your remaining package.

    We continue to ask for 24-hours’ notice for cancellations and changes. This is especially important now that there will be less time slots available. The new late-cancellation/no-show fee will be $25 for returning patients and $45 for new patients. The cancellation fee may be waived for emergencies or illness.

    Credit cards are now required to book an appointment online; they will not be charged unless you choose to use your card to pay for your appointment, or unless you no-show or late-cancel. If you do not have a credit card and need to make an appointment, please call the office and we can schedule your appointment for you.

    What we are doing to help keep you safe
    As you know, we have always taken office cleanliness and patient safety very seriously. We will continue to wipe surfaces regularly and sanitize hands frequently. In addition, we have instituted these new procedures:

    Patient screening (see below).
    Requiring masks in the office.
    Reducing the number of patients in the office.
    No waiting area usage.
    Minimal touch points.
    Cloth barriers between chairs.
    Vinyl coverings on chairs that will be wiped down between patients.

    Feel free to ask to see our DPH attestation form, which all businesses are required to fill out before reopening.

    What you can do to help

    Don’t come in if you’re sick. We will happily reschedule for another time.
    Bring your mask. We will have some surgical masks available for sale for $2.50 each. However, as the medical supply chain is still stressed, please plan to bring a mask from home. Surgical masks, fabric masks, bandanas are all acceptable so long as they cover your nose and mouth. Valve masks are NOT allowed.
    Cleaning supplies have been among the hardest to procure for reopening purposes. If you have any cleaning supplies that you are willing to donate or sell, please contact us.

    Office Procedures
    Here are our current office procedures, which may be revised in the future.

    Please be aware that being on time for your appointment is now more important than ever. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will need to reschedule you for another time (cancellation fees may apply).

    When you arrive in the parking lot, please call the office at (508) 890-8899. We will ask you some screening questions (see below) and let you know if we are ready for you to come upstairs.
    Put on your mask and head to our office. If you have a sheet or blanket you would like to use on your recliner, please bring it. There will be no sheets or blankets available in the office for the time being.
    The office door will be open, or we will open it for you. If you must open the door, please push with your body not with your hands.
    We will take your temperature. If you have a fever over 100.4, you can’t stay for treatment. We will be happy to reschedule you.
    We will give you a pump of hand sanitizer and show you to your chair.
    At the chair, you will pay for your treatment (unless you have prepaid). You will take off your shoes and roll up your pants and sleeves. We will then give you another pump of hand sanitizer.
    We will recline the chair for you.
    We will insert the needles and allow you to rest. For the time being, we will not be doing any head or ear points, and we will keep talking to a minimum.
    Treatments will last for 45 minutes, to allow us time to sanitize your chair before the next patient appointment.
    We will pull the handle and help you sit the chair back up.
    After your appointment, we can schedule your next visit, or you are welcome to do it online.
    We will walk you out and open the door for you.

    COVID- 19 Screening Questions
    In the past 24 hours, have you experienced any of the following new symptoms that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

    Fever
    Cough
    Chills
    Shortness of breath
    Sore throat
    Muscle aches that aren’t caused by specific activity such as exercise
    Headache
    Loss of taste or smell
    Diarrhea
    Red/painful/itchy toes

    Have you been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days? Close contact means being within 6 feet of a person for 15 minutes or more.

    If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you will not be able to receive a treatment.

    Next Steps
    In the next week, we will start contacting patients about scheduling. We will be calling patients who have sessions left on their package deals, as well as anyone who had an appointment that was cancelled from March 17-present.

    If you are not included in that list, don’t worry—we will send out another email when we have opened the schedule up for everyone (new patients will be asked to wait until July, while we fine-tune our office procedures).

    While you are waiting to get in for an appointment, feel free to peruse our Facebook page for some suggestions on how to treat yourself with acupressure at home. We have videos about acupressure for shoulder pain, headache & neck pain, and one of my favorite points for a wide variety of conditions. There is also a video showing you how to use acupressure ear seeds, which are available here (affiliate link) for many different conditions.

    Additional Considerations
    What if I am in an “at risk” population? At this time, the governor’s office is still recommending that at-risk folks stay home as much as possible. Please keep your level of risk in mind when you decide whether to come in for treatment.

    What if I can’t or don’t want to wear a mask? This may not be the right time for you to come back. We understand that some people are uncomfortable wearing masks. However, they are required for treatment at this point. This will not always be the case, and we will let everyone know when that changes. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, we respectfully suggest that you wait for later phases of reopening before coming in.

    Which Phase are we in? We are being optimistic and assuming that Phase 2 of the state reopening plan will begin on June 8, just in time for our first week of treatments. Phase 2 means that providers can offer a wider range of preventative and wellness treatments.

    If Phase 1 is still in effect when we reopen, we are limited to seeing patients with conditions that will likely worsen if they don’t receive acupuncture during this time. This would mean, for example, that your pain, stress, anxiety, or other condition would be likely to deteriorate if you miss your acupuncture treatment. We know that for many people, this has already been the case.

    We ask you to use the honor system when deciding which Phase is most appropriate for you and your condition(s).

    Thank you for your attention! Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you all soon!

  • Closing Temporarily (3/14/2020)

    We are following the lead of schools and other community organizations and closing for at least one week in order to help “flatten the curve” of coronavirus spread.

    To be clear, there is NO evidence that anyone involved with DTE has been sick or exposed to the virus.  However, sometimes being a responsible community member means taking proactive steps to help protect everyone.

    We will be closed for the entire week of March 16.  After that, we will decide on a week-by-week basis as more information becomes available.

    We know that many people rely on their weekly acupuncture sessions for pain management, stress, and many other issues.  We truly regret that we will not be there to help you during this time.

    Similarly, as a small business we have no other income streams besides seeing patients in the office.  While we do not anticipate that this temporary closure will cause us undue hardship, an extended closure could put us in a precarious financial situation.  If you are able and so inclined, purchasing a 5-pack or 10-pack gift certificate from our website could really help us weather this “storm.”

    Please do your best to take care of yourselves and each other during these trying times.  We will try to stay active on social media with any tips or information that we think might be useful.  We very much look forward to seeing you again soon.

Office Hours

Tuesday
2:30pm – 6:00pm
Thursday
2:30pm – 6:00pm
Saturday
9:30am – 1:00pm
By Appointment Only.
Hours subject to change
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Emily is friendly and professional. First and foremost, she listens and remembers. The treatments themselves are almost completely painless and during them I find myself more relaxed and breathing more deeply than I thought possible. Since beginning treatments with Emily, the frequency and severity of my migraines has lessened to the point that I’ve been able to resume more normal activities and she has completely eliminated the accompanying facial pain, which had previously been a daily problem. Overall I have more energy and look forward to the sessions and the relief and sense of well-being that I leave the office with.
S.P.

I suffered a low back strain and tried for three days to manage the pain and muscle spasms on my own. After just one acupuncture treatment with Emily, my pain was dramatically reduced and my mobility was restored by 80 percent. As a health care professional of 19 years and a business owner, I have experienced a good deal of physical ailments ranging from the common cold to whiplash, as well as stress, anxiety and insomnia. Over the years I have depended on acupuncture as a consistently effective treatment that leaves me feeling relaxed, pain-free and energized.T.S.

I had experienced chronic pain for almost a year when I began acupuncture therapy with Emily. After just a few visits, my pain became more manageable and I found myself becoming more active again. I am now able to go up to a week at a time without any pain. With each visit to Emily, I continue to improve.M.S.

Emily is amazing and has a terrific ‘bedside manner.’ I always feel relaxed and refreshed after my treatments.S.M.

Emily took the time to listen to me and was very caring. She was very thorough in her diagnosis and helped with the digestion problems I’d been having.J.B.

In the summer of ’07, I began to experience severe pain, weakness and numbness in my right hand and forearm. My doctor recommended surgery. I decided to try acupuncture since I wanted to avoid surgery. After 4 or 5 acupuncture treatments with Emily, there was significant improvement in my arm. The pain and numbness decreased and the strength returned. I most highly recommend acupuncture therapy!M.I.

Emily’s sessions have allowed me to approach work and life with renewed energy and vitality.L.K.

After trying so many medical and alternative options I feel acupuncture finally eliminated my migraines. Thank you Emily! I continue to get a treatment anytime I have a cold, allergies, or pains and I think it always helps.A.C.

In an effort to reduce daily stress, I have tried many different modalities…..and acupuncture works the best! I am able to have sessions regularly and as a result I feel very calm and centered on both emotional and physical levels. Emily is extremely knowledgeable. She has a kind, gentle, healing touch and she is an amazing gift to us all! Thank you, Emily for making community acupuncture accessible and affordable for everyone in the Worcester area !
C.M.

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