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Acupuncture at SHAC


At SHAC we focus on using acupuncture as therapy for musculoskeletal pain. That means:

  • Acute pain from injury or accident: sprain or strain, muscle or joint
  • Chronic joint or muscle pain from: a past injury, overuse, repetitive use, or inactivity.
  • Tendonitis and arthritis

Students are allowed to schedule up to (3) visits per term. 

SHAC offers individual (50 minutes) and group (30 minutes) acupuncture appointments. To schedule an acupuncture appointment, please call the main SHAC phone line at 503.725.2800.

General Questions

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

  • Acupuncture rarely causes pain. Discomfort may be experienced when encountering both energetic and physical blocks in the body. This discomfort usually subsides within seconds, once free flow of energy and blood have been restored to the area. The most common sensations felt are heaviness, tingling, and expansiveness in the area of insertion, as well as in other parts of the body. Many find treatments to be extremely relaxing.
  • On rare occurrences, there may be bruising around the site of needle insertion. 

Is Acupuncture Safe?

  • Acupuncture is extremely safe when administered by a qualified, licensed professional. Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposed of after each use.

Group Acupuncture

Group acupuncture is designed for ongoing care and treatment after a more in-depth initial interview, treatment, and plan have been established. Students without the PSU Student Health Insurance Plan may schedule a group appointment for their initial visit. 

This is a semi-public setting and patients do not remove clothing or disrobe. Treatments take place in reclining chairs and requires wearing loose, comfortable clothing that allows access to arms, legs, head, hands, and feet. Treatments use distal acu points to affect the body as a whole. 

Cost and Insurance

An appointment during group acupuncture is $20. Individual appointments are $75. All acupuncture fees are billed directly to the student's account. Students on the PSU PacificSource Student Health Insurance Plan are covered at 100% if they receive acupuncture at SHAC. 

Comfort and Safety

In order to ensure that you receive optimal benefit from your acupuncture session, please:

  • Keep talking to a minimum in order to respect the needs of those receiving treatment.
  • Turn off all cell phones and/or any ringing devices.
  • Refrain from eating while in the room (unless otherwise advised).
  • Wear or bring, loose comfortable clothing. For Group Acupuncture it is important that we are able to access areas from elbows and knees down to fingers and toes.
  • Make sure to eat something light 1-2 hours before your appointment. Try not to come on an empty stomach.
  • Avoid coffee, caffeinated beverages at least 4 hours prior to treatment and make sure to drink plenty of water on and throughout the day of treatment.
  • Refrain from wearing perfume.
  • If you are coming in for a pain condition, please try to avoid taking pain medications prior to your treatment, but only if you can tolerate it.
  • Be mindful of those around you.

Post Care

In order to receive the most benefit from your acupuncture treatments and to avoid possible side effects, please:

  • Have a restful day following your treatment unless otherwise indicated.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Refrain from alcohol consumption or the use of intoxicating substances following your treatment.
  • It is best to avoid, spicy, heavy, or greasy foods for this can create sluggishness in your system.
  • Avoid excessive exercise following your treatment unless otherwise indicated.
  • On rare occurrences, there may be bruising around the site of needle insertion.