Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Here and Now does not currently offer discounts. However, Jessica has worked hard to keep her prices reasonable, is a preferred provider for Anthem BCBS of Colorado and will bill many other insurance companies including workman's comp.
Acupuncture: First Intake Session
Follow up Session
These sessions include acupuncture, massage, and other therapies if suggested.
This is a one hour massage in the "Tui-na" style and can include cupping if requested.
This includes a facial and body treatment with acupuncture, gua sha with jade instruments, lavender steam, specialized herbal oils, silicone face and neck cupping, etc. 1 hour 20 minutes
Herbal Consultation/Telemedicine Consultation
Cost of herbs is separate. These sessions can also include lifestyle, dietary, meditation, breathing, and exercise advice.
Jessica is not currently accepting new patients. If you have seen Jessica in the last 5 years you can book as an "existing patient". So sorry for the inconvenience. Please try back again in the future and see the "Resources" page for other referrals.
Acupuncture is used as a stand alone treatment and can also be combined with other treatments such as massage, cupping (also known as myofascial decompression), gua sha or scraping (also known as Graston method), heat therapies, and herbal medicine. All of these modalities can be used alone or combined.
Acupuncture is a surgical operation originating in China in which an acupuncture point (a specific muscle or connective tissue site) is punctured with an acupuncture needle (a fine, solid, but flexible needle) to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent a disease or other conditions. Acupuncture is based on anatomy, physiology, and pathology. It is a very safe and effective therapeutic agent when performed by a qualified practitioner.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Acupuncture is so effective because it works to regulate and stimulate many systems within the body. Through studies acupuncture has been shown to:
Stimulate the production of the body's own pain relieving biochemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins.
Stimulate the release of serotonin in the brain and body in levels that are measurable in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid.
Decrease inflammation and increase circulation. As acupuncture works by stimulating the increased rate of interstitial fluid flow it helps to both detoxify tissue and bring in nutrients to improve the health of tissue. This can help organ function as well since the organs work with the circulatory system to supply nutrients to all the tissues of the body and to carry away waste products from all the tissues of the body.
Increasing the rate and efficiency of the body's own communication and bio-feedback systems.
Dry Needling is acupuncture in which an acupuncture point that has become reactive (exquisitely tender to palpation), commonly known in the West as a trigger point, is punctured with an acupuncture needle to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease or other conditions, especially musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, including musculoskeletal pain.
Dry needling is not new. It was described in the first century BCE in the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (traditional Chinese: 黃帝內經; pinyin: Huáng Dì nèi jīng), the foundational text of Chinese medicine.
Jessica has taken a "dry needling" course as well as completing her acupuncture education of over 3000 graduate hours and she has found that "dry needling" courses do not teach any techniques that haven't been deeply expounded on already in the practice of acupuncture that has existed for 1000's of years. In fact, "dry needling" courses are not sufficient education to be performing this invasive procedure and have produced unqualified practitioners of acupuncture in various fields. Some of these unqualified practitioners have done serious harm to their patients. I encourage patients to ask their practitioners how many hours of training they've had in the insertion of acupuncture needles and to report any injuries they've experienced. (See www.acupuncturesafety.org.)
Tui-na massage translates as "push and grasp" involves the use of the practitioners hands to create positive and negative pressure along muscle and connective tissue in the body. Tui-na feels wonderful and also addresses specific musculoskeletal problems and patterns.
Cupping or "myofascial decompression" uses glass or silicone cups to create negative pressure over an area of muscle and connective tissue. Cupping can release adhesions and layers of compressed tissue and open up blood flow and interstitial fluid flow. It can open up capillary beds and bring blood to the surface of the skin creating a purple or reddish mark. The mark is not a bruise and will diminish in approximately a week. Cupping can be very therapeutic for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Scraping or gua sha (also known in the West as Graston method) is an ancient technique that breaks up fascial adhesions and areas that have poor blood circulation due to chronic tension, old trauma, or inflammation. Using an instrument that can be made of metal, bone, or stone and can be as simple as a jar lid the practitioner applies positive pressure and repeatedly scrapes an area of muscle and connective tissue until redness appears.
Jessica is a contracted preferred provider for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado and bills many other insurance providers, including workman's comp. (Pinnacol). Payment is expected at time of service unless otherwise agreed upon.