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Anthony Sclafani, LAC
New York State Licensed Acupuncturist
Staten Island, New York
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine that is now widely used in the United States. Most people feel very little pain as the hair-thin acupuncture needles are inserted. Some people are energized by acupuncture treatment, while others feel more relaxed. Depending on your condition, treatments may extend over several weeks or more.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) sponsors research projects that are studying the effectiveness of acupuncture in alleviating many kinds of pain. Recent NCCAM research shows, for example, that acupuncture can help alleviate chronic low-back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee.
Many of our patients in Staten Island have one of these goals in mind when they ask our acupuncturist for help:
relief from chronic pain
We recommend regular acupuncture during pregnancy because it can build a healthy foundation for both mother and baby. Studies have shown that women who receive acupuncture during pregnancy often have an easier, shorter labor and birth experience than women who don't receive acupuncture.
If you need acupuncture for weight loss, to stop smoking, or for chronic pain in your neck, lower back, middle back, headaches, knees, shoulders, ankles, feet, hands, elbows, or wrists, call Touchstone Rehabilitation & Health Center on Staten Island at 718-356-9222 to make an appointment with our acupuncturist.