In September of 2020, I enrolled in the Chinese Herbal Medicine program at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Chinese herbs are a powerful addition to acupuncture treatment. Together herbs and acupuncture address a variety of conditions like insomnia, PTSD, neuropathy, migraines, digestive issues, painful menses, infertility, and much more. I have seen Chinese herbs successfully treat conditions that Western pharmaceuticals could not. However, Western medicine offers diagnostic tools and treatment strategies that do no exist in Chinese medicine. Ideally, Chinese medicine practitioners and physicians would work together, to see that patients get the very best care.
Since 1992, I have studied treatment strategies for eliminating pain. During the thirty years that I worked as a massage therapist, I learned several different modalities for treating soft tissue injury, like neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release. 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 rehabilitate pain and injury.
I look forward to designing a treatment plan that will address your specific health needs.
All the structures of your body depend on the smooth flow of blood, oxygen, and fluids 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 and rigidity. Through palpation, I determine what will be the most beneficial acupuncture points.
Andrea Ellison, L.Ac. is currently a registered provider for CDPHP, MVP, and United Healthcare. No-fault insurance is accepted. Please call your insurance company to find out what your acupuncture benefits are.