Frequently Asked Questions
What services does SOHMA offer?
SOHMA offers a variety of services: chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture, and other forms of eastern medicine such as cupping and moxibustion. For further information on our services please refer to our “Health Center” page.
What are your hours?
Monday 9 am – 12 pm | 3 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday 3 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 12 pm | 3 pm – 6 pm
Thursday 9 am – 12 pm | 3 pm – 6 pm
We are closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
What does SOHMA stand for?
SOHMA stands for School of Healing Martial Arts. Since its beginning, SOHMA integrative Health Center has been committed to combining ancient wisdom of eastern medicine with modern health practices and martial arts. This integrated approach is analogous to the interrelationship between Yin (healing energy) and Yang (martial energy). The Yin branch of our center is the SOHMA integrative health clinic which provides: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Eastern Medicine, and Herbal Pharmacy. The yang branch is the School of Healing Martial Arts where we use healing aspects of Tai Chi Chuan and martial arts for rehabilitation, self-discipline, and harmony. We don’t just teach about these healing arts, we also provide them.
Do you work with other health care providers?
Yes, we do. In fact, we think it’s very important to co-manage patients with other health care providers. We strongly believe in patient centered care and we are a part of the patient’s team.
How do I get started?
Contact us today at (562) 420-2112 to schedule your complimentary consultation. From there, our doctor can determine what services our wellness center can offer you to help treat your health needs and concerns.
What can I expect on a first visit?
Consultations are provided at no charge and take between 20 and 30 minutes. We start with a few intake forms and, as a courtesy, will scan a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card to check for coverage. You will then receive one-on-one time with our doctor to determine your specific health needs, concerns, and next steps. From there, we will continue with a treatment plan per the doctor’s discretion. In some cases, where x-rays are needed, we will ask you to schedule a follow up consultation, at which point the doctor will go over his report of findings and the proposed treatment plan and costs. Once all options are presented, we will move forward with your express permission. No costs will occur to you until you have agreed to begin the proposed treatment plan.
Is your facility handicapped accessible?
Yes. Our center has a side entrance that is accessible by wheelchair. There is handicap parking to the west of our building, next to Rocket Science Hair Salon. There is also a handicap ramp with handrails located at the viking way entrance to the building.
Do you sell supplements and herbs?
Yes, we offer an array of nutritional supplements ranging from nutritional supplements and cleansing aids to anti inflammatory CBD oil and immune enhancing mushrooms. We also offer topical pain relievers. We also customize both Eastern and Western herbal formulas for each individual’s needs. We offer herbal consultations with our Master Herbalist and Doctor at a modest fee. At your herbal consultation we’ll be able to determine three things: (1) What are possible causes of your chief complaint? (2) What herbs can help you with the cause and symptoms of your complaint naturally? (3) Provide useful tips on how to find and prepare these herbs at home.
If you do not have a major complaint, we will be able to discuss ways to promote optimal wellness, to increase quality of life, and to support longevity with herbs. Feel free to schedule your herbal consultation now by calling us at 562-420-2112.
Does SOHMA treat children?
Yes. We offer services to people of all ages. Often children actually respond more quickly than adults. All of our services are safe and modified when appropriate for children. If your child has an aversion to needles, don’t worry because we rarely use them on children. Frequently, our acupuncturists may massage the acupuncture points while showing the child’s parent/guardian how to locate and use them at home. This is called acupressure.
What do you charge for visits? Do you accept health insurance?
At SOHMA, we are committed to patient-centered care, and work hard to provide options that are within our patient’s budget. As such, the majority of our patients have many different insurance plans. Simply bring in your insurance card on your first visit, and we’ll work with our experienced biller to figure out how to best maximize your coverage. Additionally, our initial consultation is always complimentary, and if the doctors sees a need for x-rays, it will not be more than $75 per region (we refer all x-ray requests to RadNet, which accepts most insurance plans).
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept checks, cash, and most major credit cards, including Care Credit.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. An acupuncturist will lace fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”) and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, and physical and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all natural, drug free therapy, yielding no negative side effects, just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once and then discarded.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is recognized by leading national and international health organization to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Pain, insomnia, and depression, to name a few, are health concerns in which acupuncture treatment is commonly used. Below is a list of more specific health concerns that acupuncture can help with:
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.
- Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Bell’s palsy
- Cancer pain
- Chronic gastritis
- Morning sickness
- Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin dependent
- Facial pain
- Facial spasm
- Female infertility
- Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
- Hepatitis B virus carrier status
- Herpes zoster
- Induction of Labor
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Male sexual dysfunction, non organic
- Malposition of fetus
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Pain in dentistry
- Peptic ulcer
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Postoperative pain
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Raynaud Syndrome
- Renal colic
- Retention of urine, traumatic
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
- Spine pain, acute
- Stiff neck
- TMJ dysfunction
- Tennis elbow
- Tobacco dependence
- Ulcerative colitis, chronic
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
What is fire cupping?
Fire cupping is one of the oldest and most effective methods of releasing toxins from the body’s tissues and organs. Cupping is the practice of applying a partial vacuum by means of heat or suction in one or several bell-shaped vessels (suction cups) to parts of the skin. This causes the tissues beneath the cup to be drawn up and swell increasing blood flow to the affected area. This enhanced blood flow under the cup draws impurities and toxins away from the nearby tissues and organs towards the surface for elimination. Fire cupping is a safe, non-invasive and inexpensive technique. It is used to alleviate the pain and discomfort arising from disorders of the lungs and other internal organs, muscle spasms, joint pains, and numerous other conditions. To learn more about fire cupping and other eastern medicine services at SOHMA, please check out our Acupuncture & Eastern Medicine page.
What areas do you provide services to?
At SOHMA, while we provide chiropractic and acupuncture in Long Beach, California we frequently serve residents in the communities of Lakewood, Bixby Knolls, Signal Hill, Belmont Shore, Lakewood Village, Cerritos, Downey, Carson Park, Seal Beach and surrounding Southern California areas. In addition, we treat patients in multiple states throughout the United States and even some located internationally that fly in for our treatments.
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