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)
Ellen Policastri AP, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. – AcupuncturistEllen Policastri AP, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. is a licensed Acupuncture Physician in Florida, and Licensed Acupuncturist in New Jersey. Ellen is a nationally board certified Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). Ellen began her education and training at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She then attended East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota where she earned her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Professional Health Sciences. A native of Florida, she has recently relocated to the Jacksonville area with her husband. Ellen has been in practice for over 11 years in an integrative setting. She is an experienced clinician and is passionate about helping people heal and stay well. She has received extensive training in sports and orthopedic acupuncture. Ellen specializes in treating acute and chronic pain syndromes as well as assisting in patient’s rehabilitation from injuries. She has worked with a broad range of patients in all age groups and focuses on a preventative and holistic approach while also providing a gentle and nurturing experience. Staying up-to-date on current research and continuing education, Ellen truly enjoys learning and educating her patients on the many benefits of acupuncture.
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:
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, it 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?
It 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.