Since 1992 I have studied treatment strategies for eliminating pain. I began my career as a massage therapist working on auto accident victims in a neurologist's office. At that time, the challenge of treating painful conditions led me to study myofascial manipulation and neuromuscular therapy. These manual therapies address soft tissue dysfunction and I use them regularly on my patients.
In 2017, I completed a Masters of Acupuncture at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I now use a combination of acupuncture and manual therapies to treat pain and injury. I have studied orthopedic acupuncture in a Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program offered by Matt Callison. This course has improved my ability to assess pain syndromes and to treat musculoskeletal dysfunction with precision.
In September of 2020, I began a two year course at the Won Institute in Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese medicine is challenging and fascinating. The more I study it, the more I am able to help patients. I look forward to working with you to design a treatment plan that will address your specific health needs.
All the structures of your body depend on the smooth flow of blood, fluids, and qi for optimal function. Acupuncture needles can direct the flow of these vital nutrients.
Cupping and Gua Sha aid in the circulation of blood by bringing blood through the cells to the surface of the body. That is why you will see redness and bruising after a cupping or gua sha treatment. These techniques are not painful. They move stagnant and deoxygenated blood out of the tissues and allow fresh blood and oxygen to return to the cells.
Palpation is an essential diagnostic tool in Chinese Medicine. Doing tui na or massage on a patient improves blood flow. It also helps me to assess the soft tissues for areas of stagnation, rigidity, excess, or weakness. Through palpation, I determine what will be the most beneficial acupuncture points.
During this time, I have confined my practice to one treatment room. Appointments are scheduled 30 minutes apart so that patients do not meet up in the hallway. All surfaces are disinfected after each appointment. Clean linens are used for each patient. There is no waiting room. You will be asked to wait in your car until the time of your appointment.
All patients must wear a mask to the appointment and they must wash their hands before entering the treatment room. Your temperature will be taken. You will be asked to reschedule if your temperature is elevated or if you are experiencing a cough, runny nose, sneezing, or body aches.
Andrea Ellison, L.Ac. is currently a registered provider for CDPHP, MVP, United Healthcare, Emblem Health, and the Veterans Administration. She is authorized to treat injured workers under the Workers' Compensation Law. No-fault insurance is accepted. Call your insurance company to find out what your acupuncture benefits are.