Acupuncture

 

Sarratori Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a therapy that involves inserting fine needles into specific points along energy channels that run along the body. A part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 5000 years, acupuncture is based on the theory that health is determined by the balanced flow of qi, or vital life energy. Illness is understood to be a disruption of energy, which flows through the body along energy channels or meridians. Meridians link to specific internal organs and organ systems and insertion of needles into the acupoints along the meridians help correct and rebalance energy flow. Energy that is allowed to flow unrestricted allows for the body to heal and maintain wellness.

For additional information about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and some of the other modalities TCM can offer, click here.

Modern biomedical research has determined that acupuncture stimulates certain systems to release some chemicals such as endorphins, and hormones that affect mood, health, and pain perception. Needle insertion is not painful and many people relax very deeply during treatment. For some conditions, heat or electrical stimulation may be used to enhance the effects of the treatment.

Acupuncture needles are small, thin, pre-sterilized and disposable needles that do not typically hurt when inserted. Some people report unusual sensations at the acupoint such as deep aching, tingling, or heat. Acupoints are located all over the body and any number may be used in a single session. In some cases, small ear seeds are placed for the patient to stimulate at home between sessions.

Relief from symptoms may occur quickly in a single session, but more typically take several sessions over a period of time for lasting results. Your acupuncturist will work with you to create an individualized plan of treatment.

Acupuncture & Insurance
Insurance coverage for acupuncture varies by plan. Not all diagnoses are considered MEDICALLY NECESSARY to qualify for coverage by insurance. Please call your customer service number to see if you have benefits, and to clarify whether the condition you are seeking acupuncture for is covered.

Mary is a provider with excellus, MVP, Cigna, Lifetime Benefit Solutions (formally knows as RMSCO). Worker’s Compensation when applicable and all Motor Vechicle Accidents.

Mary is a 2002 graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology specializing in elementary education. In 2011 she graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at New York Chiropractic College with a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Mary likes to incorporate modern advances in acupuncture with the traditional medicine aspect that is over 2,000 years old. She is an avid researcher and is always striving to learn as much as possible, even traveling to China to gain more perspective and experience in the development of acupuncture within hospitals. Mary’s practice is focused in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where the human body is regarded as its own entity, each organ, tissues, and other parts have specific functions but are all interdependent on each other. She treats a wide variety of conditions including pediatric concerns, pain management, fertility, and gynecology. Mary is also very interested in acupuncture sports therapy and works with athletes of all different levels. She incorporates Tuina (therapeutic medical massage), cupping, and Chinese herbs into her practice.

Mary is a provider for insurance plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield, MVP, CIGNA, and No Fault. Please contact your customer service representatives to find out if your specific policy covers acupuncture, what your copay or coinsurance amounts are, and whether there are policy limitations on your plan. Medicare & Medicaid do NOT cover acupuncture under any circumstances.  For patients without insurance coverage, Mary offer reasonable self rates.