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ASU Health Services has a wide range of wellness services to enhance your college experience. Incorporate wellness services into your overall plan for healthy living. Wellness services are or soon will be available on the Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West locations. Please check this schedule often since days and times of availability may change.
In order to schedule an appointment, please call 480-965-3349 or schedule online through the patient portal.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It's based on the theory that energy, called chi (say "chee"), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.
Your acupuncture provider will look for the places (called points) on your body to access the chi that is blocked or not flowing right. Each of the points relates to certain health problems or body functions. After the provider finds the points, he or she will quickly tap very thin needles into your skin. He or she will probably place several needles. Some may be placed deeper than others, depending on what the provider believes is needed to restore the flow of chi. Treatment lasts for 15 minutes to an hour and you may have several visits to complete your treatment. You may feel slight pressure when a needle goes in. Most people find that it doesn't hurt. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. Providers believe that this is a sign that the energy flow, or chi, has been accessed. After the needle is placed, your provider may roll the needle slightly back and forth. Or he or she may use heat or electrical current on the needle.
People use acupuncture to relieve pain and treat certain health conditions.
More information on the benefits of acupuncture was published by the Medical Director of Health Services, Dr. Stefanie Schroeder (view).
Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, relieves pressure on nerves, restores normal joint movement, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, or elbows.
Swedish massage is very gentle and is often used to promote relaxation, improve blood flow, and relieve muscle tension. The therapist uses long, gliding strokes and kneading and tapping techniques on the top layer of muscles in the direction of blood flow to the heart. This may also include moving the joints gently to improve range of motion.
Deep tissue massage is more active and intense. It is used to treat long-lasting muscle tension. The therapist applies slow strokes (with the fingers, thumbs, and elbows) using intense pressure to reach deeper layers of the muscles than those reached with a Swedish massage technique.
Trigger point massage is less gentle and can sometimes be uncomfortable. The therapist applies firm pressure to knots or tight, tense muscles that have been overused or injured, continuing until the muscles relax. Let your massage therapist know if you feel any discomfort during the massage.
Some people feel that massage works because the touch is healing. Touch also communicates a sense of caring.
Nutrition describes the food you eat and its role in the body. Good nutrition is important for college students, and plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight, supporting immune function, and maintaining mental health and concentration. Many medical conditions may be affected by nutrition, and dietary changes may help in managing these conditions.
If you have questions or concerns about nutrition for medical conditions, weight gain or weight loss, body composition (fat versus lean mass), sports nutrition, disordered eating habits, or even which diet or supplement might be right for you, you may schedule a nutrition consultation.
During your nutrition consultation, you will meet with a Registered Dietitian. The dietitian will talk to you about your health needs and goals, and work with you to determine steps to help meet these goals. This may include discussing your current eating habits, weight changes, supplement or medication use, exercise habits, and more. The dietitian can offer a science-based perspective to help you decide which dietary changes may be right for your lifestyle – including your food preferences, schedule, budget, and even your social life.
It is recommended that you contact your insurance plan to determine whether nutrition counseling is a covered service.
|Downtown||ASU Health Services - Downtown||TBD||Third Thursday of Month|
|Polytechnic||ASU Health Services - Polytechnic||Thurs||Once a month, Tues|
|Tempe||ASU Health Services - Tempe and SDFC - Tempe||Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri||Tues, Wed, Fri|
|West||ASU Health Services - West||Wed||First Thursday of the Month|
Our competitive pricing ensures that you receive an affordable rate on high quality service.
|Service||Cost of Service|
|30 Min Massage||$30|
|60 Min Massage||$45|
|90 Min Massage||$65|
*Each massage session time includes 10 minutes for client intake and consultation
*The cost for nutrition counseling is dependent on your insurance plan, and can range from a nominal co-pay to $150. Students with the student health insurance plan will pay a $15 co-pay, which can be billed to the student account for nutrition consultation. It is recommended that you contact your health insurance provider to determine whether nutrition counseling is a covered service. For your convenience, ASU Health Services will charge any remaining balance to your student account.