A consultation with me will include an assessment of overall health and can include suggestions for lifestyle or dietary changes that are catered to the individual.
Acupuncture treatment is given to support the person with their chief concern, being physical, mental, or emotional.
A course of treatment is ideal, because working closely with a person allows me to understand more clearly their health needs and allows me to support them in the best way possible.
This may vary greatly from person to person, depending on their complaint as well as finances. It could be anything from one treatment a week for a month, to two treatments a week for three months, to a weekly treatment for six months. My approach is based on open communication and frequent evaluation. A treatment plan is not set in stone. It can and often does vary.
Also, it is generally understood that healing takes time.
For more chronic, long-term problems it takes much longer to treat than relatively recent or acute situations. This involves looking at your health in a potentially very different way. In our society, from the personal level to the large-scale political and social level, we are looking for silver-bullet solutions to tremendous, complex, and long-standing problems. The reality is that finding those solutions and that healing require great focus, and it takes time to dig to the roots, and may not be easy.
The path can be difficult but can also be very beautiful, and liberating. As a practitioner I encourage patience and gentleness in a course of treatment. Over the course of treatment, things shift and evolve. In fact, it is not uncommon that on the tenth treatment we have decided to focus on something entirely different that the initial concern. The treatment focus, however, is always based entirely on the concern of the patient, and what I can offer is perspective and advice.
What our clients say
“Best medical treatment I have received in quite a while. Mateo Bernal is extremely knowledgeable and has an exemplary bedside manner. With Mateo’s guidance and acupuncture sessions, my knee injury was healed without surgery. I am so grateful. I could not have asked for a better place to receive treatment. Having access to such high quality care at an affordable price is immeasurable. From Mateo’s extensive training and experience to the atmosphere of the clinic, I give Community Supported Acupuncture five stars all the way.”
“This was the best experience that I’ve had with a healthcare professional. The staff is professional, friendly and caring. I would definitely recommend Louisville Community Supported Acupuncture to friends and family.”
I have gotten several acupuncture treatments from Mateo and have noticed a marked improvement in my symptoms. Mateo provides a wonderful environment for healing of body, mind, and spirit. I support the mission of Community Supported Acupuncture, and appreciate having access to treatment on a sliding scale. Highly recommended!!
“Mateo is a thoughtful, intuitive practitioner. I brought my parents in on my last visit after another local acupuncturist recommended him. Mateo was fine seeing us all together and he’s calm, respectful and asks all the right questions.
The first visit begins with a discussion and a hands-on check of the body during which he picks up a lot of things. Not just tight areas or knots, but he’s also intuitive about reading someone’s vibe – the emotional stuff like anxiety or stress.
For myself, I was mid-meltdown because of work stuff. I usually get acupuncture for neck/shoulder tension but he opted to address the adrenal system which produces the chemicals that spike anxiety (or somethin’…). Anyway – as soon as the needles were in, I went deep into chill mode.
Starting acupuncture can be a unfamiliar experience. Mateo puts people at ease. He’s capable, effective and I recommend going in.
The fact that he offers a sliding pay scale means my retired parents can visit together, on a maintenance basis, without hurting their budget. I hope no one abuses this kindness – it’s amazing that someone with his skills offers to help people who can’t afford the norm (usually from $85+ anywhere I’ve gone).
So check it out, be honest, let the process help you and do the right thing in paying what you actually can afford.”