Acupuncture – $80 per visit
Available at JOI Rehab San Marco Spine Center and South Spine Center locations only.
Our certified Acupuncturists offer appropriate treatment to support traditional physical therapy protocols. This treatment can be adjunct to traditional treatment of orthopaedic conditions, such as chronic neck and lower back pain, arthritis, sciatica, and fibromyalgia. We can assist in the treatment of medical conditions, including depression, weight loss, high blood pressure, sinusitis, allergies, and anxiety. (Not typically covered by insurance)
What is Acupuncture?
For over 2,000 years acupuncture has been used to relieve pain and improve health. These treatments have been refined over time and have become a very effective and safe modality of treating pain, resulting in almost no unwanted side-effects.
Acupuncture Can Help Treat:
- CarpalTunnelSyndrome • Colitis
Why use acupuncture?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture to be effective for many health conditions, including the following: anxiety, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, colitis, fatigues, fertility, fibromyalgia, headache, IBS, low back pain, pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, sinus problems, stress, tennis elbow, and wrist pain. Acupuncture can treat more conditions than are listed here, so feel free to ask about your specific concerns to find out if it is an appropriate treatment for you.
How many treatments are necessary?
Like physical therapy, acupuncture is most effective when done in a series, especially, in general, for conditions that have lasted for a long time or are more complicated, which may require more treatments than new problems.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is very safe. The needles that are used are disposed of after each use, so each client receives a set of new sterile needles. The most common side effects are minor bleeding and bruising at the site of insertion.
What to expect during the first treatment?
For the first appointment, we ask you not to eat within the last three hours and to avoid or reduce caffeine intake in order for an accurate picture of your health can be obtained. Our Acupuncturist will create a diagnosis and treatment plan by asking about your health history and lifestyle, as well as feeling your wrist pulses – even looking at your tongue.
Once the needles have been inserted, you usually continue to rest and relax for about 20 minutes. Many people enjoy this personal “time out” during a busy day. Some people may feel an immediate difference. Others may feel relief in 48 hours, or later.
Does it hurt?
The best answer is “not really.” The needle insertion does not create much of a sensation at all on most parts of the body. However, sometimes there are other sensations after the needles are inserted and manipulated. Clients describe these feelings as a “dull” ache, a “weighted” feeling, a “buzz,” or a “zing.”
Why include acupuncture in your personal health plan?
Having a multi-pronged approach in the treatment of pain increases the speed and effectiveness of all treatments being utilized. Acupuncture is a drug-free complement to the services already being provided by JOI Physicians and Physical Therapists. There are a growing number of clinics nationwide that are seeking to better serve their patients by giving more options, such as these, to improve health and reduce pain so that each client can get back to living a fuller life.
Spine Centers Staff
Renan Abagat, PT
Cebu Doctors’ College, Philippines (March 1990)
Renan has been practicing Physical Therapy since 1991. He has worked in all therapy settings but the bulk of his experience is in outpatient orthopaedics. His special interests include neuromuscular reeducation as an adjunct to manual medicine.
Ehren Allen, PT, COMT
Ehren Allen performed his undergraduate training in Music at the Florida State University. He went on to complete his professional training in Physical Therapy at Florida A&M University. He practiced in many specialty areas since 2000, including neurology, pediatrics, and private practice before deciding to specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine. He completed his certification as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist in 2007 through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Group and currently incorporates manual therapy into the treatment of various orthopedic conditions and injuries.
Allan Marlon O. Fiesta, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (2017)
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of the City of Manila (2000)
Allan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the City of Manila in 2000 and obtained his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy with high honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL. He has worked in various clinical settings which include long-term care, home health, out patient and acute care settings. He has been with JOI since 2013 and started working at the Spine Center in 2014. He is currently working on his manual therapy certification under the University of St. Augustine’s Manual Therapy Certification Program.
Sarah Katsaras, MPT, OCS
Graduated from FSU with Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 1994. Earned Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine in 1999. Has been with JOI for 11 years, opened the JOI Spine Center in 2011 and has been coordinating the Spine Club meetings for 6 years. She also earned her OCS certification in 2011.
Debbie Rockett, PT, OCS
Bachelor of Science with Honors (Sunderland University, West Yorkshire, England, 1987)
Bachelor in Physiotherapy (Sheffield Hallam University, 1991)
Orthopedic Certified Specialist, June 2012
Debbie has worked in several fields of Physiotherapy, and has specialized in orthopaedic outpatient therapy services. She received her post-graduate certification in Mobilization of the Spine and Extremities in 1992. Recently, Debbie became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Debbie has been with JOI since 1995.
Taylor Winn LAc, AP, MTOM
Taylor has studied at two of California’s finest oriental medicine colleges, Santa Barbara College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. She earned her Master’s Degree in 2010 from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Currently, she is finishing up her Doctoral degree. She will finish up later this year. Shortly after getting licensed to practice in the state of California, she joined the medical staff at The Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu, CA where she worked for over two and a half years. Taylor also has maintained a successful private practice, Tailored Acupuncture, in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to general health practice, Taylor’s work at The Biggest Loser Resort enabled her to further develop a specialization in treatment of pain and injury, weight loss management and emotional disorders. In 2011, she spent a month in China studying under Dr. Vivian Chu at the Sheng Ai Hospital of TCM in Kunming. Last year she relocated to Atlantic Beach, FL where she opened Peaceful Acupuncture & Wellness with Michael Hibberts, AP. When Taylor is not treating patients she enjoys traveling, practicing yoga and playing various sports.