COVID-19 UPDATE: Safer-At-Home Guidelines for In-Person Visits

It’s been a rough few weeks for everyone. This thing is shaking us up, globally and locally, and we’re all learning new ways to roll with the punches. As we prepare to reopen, we are certainly having to adapt much of what we do in the day to day.

Our reopen date is set for May 8th. The choice to do so has not been easy. We want to do it right, to be the safest we can be, while also figuring out the best timing, according to Colorado’s infection counts, recommendations from the Governor, and orders from the county. We also wanted to have ALL of the information from our regulating body on what precise measures to follow.

Based on this information, we are reopening with the utmost of care and caution. While we know that we are all still safer-at-home, we are taking all necessary steps to help serve our patients with in-person visits again. When you feel safe doing so, we want to assure you that we are following all guidelines as they apply to healthcare services, while still doing everything possible to maintain an oasis-like space for a nurturing experience. 

What we are doing to protect you:

  • Delaying our re-opening for 10 days beyond the official approved re-open for our industry so that we can procur all necessary supplies and implement required procedures. 
  • Continuing to provide tele-health visits for those who prefer reduced contact
  • Requiring wearing of masks by all patients
  • Performing symptom and temperature checks; continue screening for potential COVID exposure and quarantine measures
  • Barring entry to individuals who are ill or who have been in contact with ill members of household within 14 days
  • Maintaining social distancing except for when performing a treatment
  • Reducing our capacity by 50-60%: 
  • Limiting the number of people seen in a day (no more than 4-5 patients per day)
  • Limiting the number of patients allowed in the office at any given time. (Ideally, only 1 patient in the office at time; Maximum of 2 patients at a time and staggered start-times so there is no shared air space.)
  • Creating 15-30 minute buffers between sessions so that we may perform thorough disinfection in treatment room/waiting room.
  • Disabled online booking for in-person visits so that we maintain control of the above. 
  • Virtual waiting room: patients will text us to “check-in”, and will then be texted when it they are cleared to enter the office. 
  • Elimination of touch-screen payment systems. 
  • Removal of any repeat-use table systems (such as table heater, foam pad, etc.) Only single-use linens will be used. 

What we are doing to protect our staff and office:All of the above, plus:

  • Wearing medical grade masks and gloves
  • Continued practicing of strict personal hygiene
  • Limiting staff to practitioners only (until orders enter next phase)
  • Thorough disinfection of staff-use areas

We are so looking forward to seeing you again. We know that many of our patients are anxious to get back on track with their care plan. And we also know that many, many of you are experiencing stress related to the pandemic. If you’d like to talk about how we can help, just reach out. 
We’re here for you. 

Acupuncture as an Alternative to the Flu-Shot to Stay Healthy Through Cold & Flu Season

Did you know that acupuncture is a natural alternative to preventing cold & flu? For instance, many of our patients (the majority of whom are coming in for women’s health related issues ) mention that their immune systems seem stronger than they have in years, even though we are focusing on hormones. Everyone in their house had a cold or flu, but they stayed strong and didn’t succumb to the virus.
Coincidence? We think not.
Because Chinese medicine works on the whole body, it strengthens the entire system, not just the issues we’re targeting at the time. This is a powerful argument for the benefits of receiving regular acupuncture, even if that is just a seasonal tune-up. It really does keep you healthy in ways you can’t imagine. We call it the “acupuncture flu-shot”.
What better time than in the fall, when we direct our focus inward, to begin taking stock of your health? And as cold & flu season kicks into high gear, this internal reflection may just mean that you stay healthier along the way!
Here is a little list of other things we treat besides women’s health:
  • Pain (of any kind, any location): pain creates systemic inflammation that wears on your immune system.
  • Stress: chronic stress taxes the adrenal system and plays a role in systemic inflammation, both of which strain the immune system.
  • Anxiety or depression: these do the same as stress
  • Insomnia: sleep deprivation also taxes the adrenal system and reduces the body’s ability to fight disease.
  • Digestive upset
  • Frequent illness
  • Allergies
  • And so much more…
And while our name implies that we work on women only, that’s not true! We welcome everyone here…the fellas, the kids, everyone but the family pet (and we would do that, too, if it were in our scope of practice to do so).
Book an appointment now to receive your acupuncture flu-shot!  Your body will thank you for it.

Our New Acupuncture Location in Longmont

Well Woman Is Expanding to Longmont!

I am so excited to announce the opening of our 2nd location, Well Woman North, located in Old Town Longmont! We will begin seeing patients on November 16th.

Why Longmont? Shortly after my family and I moved to Longmont in 2015, I recognized a need for a women’s health practice in this community. While Longmont boasts several outstanding acupuncture clinics, it became apparent that the growing demand for quality health care warranted the addition of another acupuncture practice. And one that is focused solely on women’s health seemed a necessity.

I also wanted to build something closer to home, to settle in and establish deep roots in this town I’ve come to love, and to contribute to the economic prosperity of our thriving community. Well Woman Acupuncture is in a position to do that, having achieved tremendous success in Boulder over the past 10 years.

I attribute this success to our unwavering commitment to knowledge and innovation in the field of Chinese medicine, as well as a deep compassion for our patients that drives us to go above and beyond the standard of care. It is my mission to provide this same level of care at our 2nd location, and to give patients the expertise and authentic support that they deserve and have come to expect from Well Woman Acupuncture.

Patients have already been asking how it will work. Here is the break down of the logistics:

  • The Boulder office will continue to serve as our main clinic, with a full in-house pharmacy and staff. The Longmont location will be smaller initially, as we look for our permanent clinic home (we are temporarily going to be located in Community Roots Midwife Collective, as we search for a larger clinic space), and will not have an in-house pharmacy. Longmont herb orders will be sent by courier.
  • Longmont hours will be minimal until early 2017, with appointment availability on Wednesdays only.
  • We are welcoming a new acupuncturist, Krystal, in January! After she is all settled into her new role, she and I will be dividing our time between the two clinics so that each location has full-time appointment availability! We will also be adding amazing massage therapy at the Longmont clinic as well.
  • Online booking is available for both locations. Simply choose your desired location from the drop-down menu on the Book Now page. Appointments are available for Longmont starting on Nov 16th.

If you have any questions or need help booking an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us. And pass the word on to your Longmont friends! We’d love to see you there.

The Path to Parenthood, Part 1: FERTILITY

by Kandace Cahill, DAOM, L.Ac, FABORM

Welcome to our first installment of The Path to Parenthood—a collection of three special articles related to the most important times around mamahood: fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. In each of these short articles, we’re going to delve into these topics and talk about why Chinese medicine is an indispensable tool for improving outcomes, as well as answering many questions, dispelling myths and creating new awareness around self-care.

Our first topic is FERTILITY, which makes up a large percentage of what we treat at WWA. This is obviously the cornerstone of parenthood, as fertility challenges dictate our ability to create the families we desire. Unfortunately, these challenges are becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide and assisted reproduction (such as IVF) has become BIG BUSINESS.

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