How To Choose The Right Brookline-Based Acupuncturist For You And Your Family

There are many factors that go into choosing the right acupuncturist. Many people don't realize that acupuncturists often have their own specialties such as supporting women with fertility issues or pre-labor. In addition, not all acupuncture is created equal. This doesn't mean that one is better than another but there are styles of acupuncture from different areas of the world - yes, that's right, they don't all come from China!

In fact, Japanese acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and provides consistent and reliable results for patients as well.

Are You Afraid of Needles?
A particularly exciting development from Japan was the creation of  non-insertive acupuncture. Yes, for you needle phobic people out there, you can experience the joys of acupuncture without having to face your deepest fear.

One of the leaders in the field of non-insertive acupuncture happens to be based here in Brookline, Massachusetts. Robert Gracey is one of only five acupuncture instructors in the United States to gain teacher’s certification from Shakuju-kai, the Japan-based educational association responsible for teaching Shakuju Therapy.

He runs several clinics but spends most of his time in his Brookline clinic. If you're interested in scheduling a treatment with Robert, you can call him at 617-549-1196. You will find Gracey Holistic Health at: 320 Washington Street, Suite 402, Brookline, MA 02445.

5 Tips for Choosing a Great Acupuncturist

So, with all of this variety, how do you find the right practitioner for you? Below are five tips to help direct you in your search.

1. Research the various Brookline acupuncture clinics and contact a number of acupuncturists before making a decision. Consider this an interview process. Make a list of important questions to ask about your specific situation. This is the best way to learn if they feel like a fit both in terms of expertise and personality. The next 4 steps are related to the types of topics you might want to discuss in advance with your prospective acupuncturist.

2. Make sure they can treat you. While there are acupuncturists that do it all, many specialize in specific conditions, such as anxiety, stress, infertility or joint and muscle pain, so it’s entirely possible that the candidate you’re interviewing doesn’t offer the service you need. Asking what types of acupuncture they perform should be the first question you ask (doing this ahead of time over the phone can save you a wasted trip) because there’s no need to continue the vetting process if they can’t tend to your issue. It will also give you confidence knowing that the person you’re going to be seeing has had experience in treating exactly what ails you.

3. Ensure they are legitimate and well educated – some practitioners are more qualified than others. Some medical doctors and chiropractors can perform acupuncture but have far less training and experience than other licensed acupuncturists. Legitimate, experienced acupuncturists will have had 1,800 to 2,400 hours of clinical training and education. The reason for the range is that it varies from state to state. Some states also require they receive certification from NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and licensing through the state’s Board of Medical Practice.

4. Find out about cost. If your insurance covers acupuncture, see if the acupuncturist accepts it. If your insurance does not cover the treatments, compare prices at different practices to ensure it is something you can afford. Remember that treatment may be ongoing, so be sure to factor in all potential costs down the line.

5. Last but not least, pick someone who makes you comfortable. There’s much to be said for a bedside manner in the world of alternative medicine. After all, acupuncture is a somewhat intimate procedure, regardless of its implementation, and you need to be able to relax during sessions. If an acupuncturist makes you uncomfortable during your initial interview for any reason, be it by not directly answering your questions or not focusing their attention on you, they are not the one to choose.

Following these easy but essential steps substantially increases your chances of choosing the perfect Brookline acupuncturist for you. The interview process will ensure you find what you need and make your journey into the world of acupuncture a pleasant one.