Acupuncture Center’s COVID-19 Response Plan

We’ve all been through a lot lately trying to make the best of the current situation. First, I want to thank everyone for your support both verbal and non-verbal and to acknowledge that we are all getting stronger as we recognise new ways to balance through adversity. Patients in this office know I am committed to high standards of cleanliness and safety. I will maintain as safe a space as reasonably possible going forward. I will continue to do my best to stay informed of federal, state, and local government agencies, CDC, OSHA, and other territorial health agencies and my industry’s recommendations and guidelines on safe practice regarding SARS-CoV-2. 

COVID-19 screening questions will be asked with each patient. Please contact your physician and stay home if you are symptomatic (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing) until you are well. Telephone me with any questions on how I can help you. Online video appointments may be scheduled for enzyme nutrition and aromatic medicine evaluations, or general consultations if you’re symptomatic or if you are high-risk and prefer distancing for your safety. Products can be shipped or pickup can be arranged. 

If your answer is YES to any of the following questions, please self-quarantine until you are safe:

Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

Are you experiencing new cough, new shortness of  breath, new sore throat, new nasal congestion?

Have you had a fever (100.4 or above) or feel feverish in the last 48 hours?

Have you had new loss of taste or smell?

Any vomiting/diarrhoea in the last 24 hours that cannot be attributed to another health condition?

New muscle aches or fatigue that are not caused by specific activity such as exercise? 

Use of Face Masks is essential:

Acupuncture treatment and other practices I perform require direct contact with patients. To slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 it is essential that patients wear face masks while in the clinic and throughout treatment. Since the use of face masks is a common practice in public places at this time and they are available, patients will be expected to have and use their own face masks. Wearing cloth face masks has been determined beneficial to protect others in the event one is asymptomatic. The CDC website includes instructions for making no sew masks from bandanas and t-shirts so there is no excuse not to have a mask. Please save N95 face masks for health care workers or others who are at high risk. Remember, wearing a face mask loses value unless combined with social distancing and frequent hand washing. So practice social distancing (6 feet/~2 meters), wear facial coverings, and follow proper prevention hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

What I need you to do:

  • Please plan to come alone to treatment unless you need assistance. In that event, it will be appreciated if your assistant wait outside the clinic after they help you to the treatment room. Anyone entering the clinic is expected to wear a mask.
  • Please arrive on time and wait in your vehicle. I will come get you when the room is appropriately disinfected and ready for you. (If you need the toilet when you arrive you are welcome to enter and use the facilities. Please maintain social distancing while entering the clinic, either wash hands or use hand sanitiser before and after toilet then return to your vehicle to await your treatment time.) I will do my best to stay on time.
  • Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you enter the office.
  • Please practice respiratory etiquette including diligently covering coughs and sneezes. 
  • Magazines and children’s toys will no longer be available.
  • For those using electronic checkout, if possible implement touchless checkout. Otherwise, please handle your credit/debit card then I will sign for you to minimize exposure to the touchscreen. 
  • You are welcome to use the clinic ink pens. If you do, please take the ink pen with you.
  • Please plan to have your own water. The self-serve water station has been removed temporarily as recommended for safe practices. 
  • Please remain 6 feet apart from others.
  • To reduce face to face time, please email jill@acucenz.com any lengthy details before your appointment with the concerns you’d like addressed in your treatment. On entering the clinic I will have you wash hands or use hand sanitiser then come straight to the treatment room and sit or lie face up on the treatment table reducing exposure to other surfaces. 

CDC guidelines recommend disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (listed below) at least daily.  I ask patients to “continue practices that reduce the potential for exposure by reducing sharing of common spaces and frequently touched objects.” In other words avoid touching anything unnecessarily. Clinic ink pens are provided. If you use one, take it with you.

Frequently touched surfaces and objects will be routinely disinfected.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best practices for avoiding COVID-19 infections are to:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid close contact with others. 
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth when around others.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly.

Resources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/close-contact-business-guidelines.html

https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/general-guidelines-for-businesses.html

Established in 1994, Acupuncture Center specializes in Japanese Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Enzyme Nutrition and Aromatic Medicine.

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As a healing art, interest and research in acupuncture is rapidly growing in the United States (although it has been widely known throughout the Eastern World and Europe).  As much as 5000 years ago, the Chinese began to discover certain points on the body which offered specific beneficial effects when treated.  These well-defined points have now been proven scientifically to exhibit decreased skin resistance.  As study and practice continued an entire system of Oriental Medicine developed emphasizing treatment of the whole person since all aspects of health are intimately connected.  Oriental Medicine historically combines acupuncture, moxibustion, exercise, spiritual health, and nutrition.

*Dietary and nutritional supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. For medical advice, consult a physician.