What is Acupuncture?

Shelley Szymko-Carroll, Acupuncture, Accupuncture, Massage, Fertility, Pregnancy, Pain, Management, Masage, Therapy, Therapeutic, Aroma, Healing, Spiritual, Wellness, Rochester, NYAcupuncture is an ancient healing art that began 2,500 years ago in China. Fine needles are inserted along meridians (pathways ) where the body's energy flows, restoring this flow and bringing balance to the patient.. By creating balance, a specfic illness or health concern is treated bringing better health to the indivdual.

 

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Shelley Szymko-Carroll, Acupuncture, Accupuncture, Massage, Fertility, Pregnancy, Pain, Management, Masage, Therapy, Therapeutic, Aroma, Healing, Spiritual, Wellness, Rochester, NYAcupuncture is relaxing and the needles feel comfortable as they are inserted gently into the skin. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, flexible needles. These needles are gently stimulated. Patients may feel a heavy, achy pressure, or the genlte movement of energy in the body. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after the first few sessions.Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Shelley Szymko-Carroll, Acupuncture, Accupuncture, Massage, Fertility, Pregnancy, Pain, Management, Masage, Therapy, Therapeutic, Aroma, Healing, Spiritual, Wellness, Rochester, NYYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education over a three to four year period, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and I am licensed by the state of  New York. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the wholistic approach of Oriental medicine takes all of a person;s health concerns, symptoms, past illnessess and surgeries into consideration to create an acupuncture treatment tailored for each individual. 

Shelley Szymko-Carroll, Acupuncture, Accupuncture, Massage, Fertility, Pregnancy, Pain, Management, Masage, Therapy, Therapeutic, Aroma, Healing, Spiritual, Wellness, Rochester, NYAfter reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect approximately 20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 30-35 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find an acupuncture treatment to be deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to e-mail me at: pathwaysAM@gmail.com about your specific health condition.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Well-being

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Insomnia & Sleep disturbances
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress

Respiratory Complaints

  •  Allergies
  •  Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Sinus Infections

Reproductive Issues

  • Infertility
  • Increased efficacy of Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)
  • Increased efficacy of In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) 

 

If you are wondering if the health concern you are facing can be treated by acupuncture, please go to Conditions That I Treat in the drop down menu at the top of this page. For questions that are not answered by the information provided on this website, please leave a message at: 585-271-3130. I will return your call within 24 hours.

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Shelley Szymko-Carroll, Acupuncture, Accupuncture, Massage, Fertility, Pregnancy, Pain, Management, Masage, Therapy, Therapeutic, Aroma, Healing, Spiritual, Wellness, Rochester, NY