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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that was developed over 2000 years ago. It is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete medical system. It is a safe, natural way to effectively treat a wide range of medical conditions. Our Acupuncturist Dimitri specializes in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics while Anna specializes in women’s health and skin care.

How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake 4 years of extensive training from an accredited college and study both eastern and western medicine. After graduating with a professional masters degree, which includes clinical rotations, the graduate needs to pass two licensing exams in order to practice in New York. Our acupuncturists completed post graduate certifications in their area of specialty and continue to attend seminars all around the world.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all natural, drug free therapy which enhances the bodies ability to heal itself. We use clean needle technique which reduces the risk of infection and dispose used needles after a treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

It all depends on the condition, the patient's health and the length of time the patient has had the condition for. Usually patients feel a difference after the first treatment. 5-10 visits are needed to see significant results. After the condition has resolved, we recommend monthly visits as maintenance to insure the condition does not reoccur and to maintain health.

Does my insurance cover acupuncture?

It depends. Some insurance companies cover acupuncture treatments. Call our office and after we gather some information from your insurance card we will be able to tell you if your insurance plan covers acupuncture.

What other modalities do acupuncturist use in their treatments?

Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of Qi and Blood within the superficial muscle layers making it ideal for muscular injuries.
Tui Na is a form of massage geared to move stagnated Qi and Blood that causes pain. 
Moxa (short for moxibustion) is a form of heat therapy used to warm areas and circulate Qi and Blood to nourish the body. 
Gua Sha is a scraping technique that is used to release muscle tension and constriction. Gua Sha often feels like a deep tissue massage. 

 

Why did my acupuncturist recommend herbs?

Herbs are a powerful adjunct treatment to acupuncture care. The herbal formulas help the patients continue treatment between acupuncture visits. 

What do our Acupuncturists specialize in treating?

Our Sports Acupuncturist Dimitri treats:

Upper extremity conditions such as: 

  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis of the wrist, hand, and finger joints

Shoulder conditions such as:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • AC joint separation, AC joint arthritis
  • Bicepital tendonitis/tendonosis
  • Levator scapulae syndrome, including "stiff neck"
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome 
  • Frozen shoulder
 

Acute and chronic injuries to the knee such as:

  • Ligament sprain (MCL, LCL, ACL)
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Patello-femoral joint pain, chondromalacia
  • Meniscus injury
  • Ilio-tibial band syndrome

Hip, pelvic and sacral conditions such as:

  • Hip (trochanteric) bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip joint
  • Sacral-iliac joint dysfunction
  • Piriformis syndrome

Arthritic conditions such as: 

  • Arthritis of the hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the 1st metatarsal-phalanges joint (the “big toe”)
  • AC joint arthritis and shoulder bursitis
  • Knee osteoarthritis (anterior, medial, or lateral compartments)
  • Arthritis of the smaller joints of the wrist, hand, and foot

Lower extremity injuries such as: 

  • Shin splints, both anterior and medial
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprain
  • "Big toe" (1st MTP joint) osteoarthritis
  • Morton's neuroma
  • The Achilles tendon
  • Shin splints 
  • Lower back pathologies
 

Our Acupuncturist Anna specializes in:

Skin Conditions such as: 

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Dry / Flaky Skin
  • Dehydrated Skin
  • Acne/ Blemishes
  • Congested with Blackheads
  • Hypo/Hyper pigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Rosacea/ Sensitive Skin
  • Sun Damaged Skin
  • Premature Aging
  • Wrinkles / Fine Lines
  • Lost of elasticity & collagen
  • Facial tension
  • TMJ
  • Bell's palsy

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders:

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Women & Men
  • Sexual Dysfunction

What other conditions can acupuncture treat?

Addiction

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Immune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Scletosis
  • Hepatitis