We are currently open for business and are accepting new patients! Numerous measures and precautions have been taken to ensure that everyone that passes through our doors has a safe and pleasant experience. Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases here and elsewhere, face coverings are required at all times. We are still continuing to check temperatures at the door as well as asking everyone to wash their hands upon entering. If by chance you forget your mask, we will be more than happy to provide you with one as we keep extras on hand.
As you may know, I share the space that I work in with other practitioners so I have to respect both their and the owner's wishes in regards to proper safety measures. Please click the button below for a list of reopening guidelines that we are asking all of our patients and clients to abide by. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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MEET YOUR ACUPUNCTURIST
Charlie Sylvester, L.Ac.
I opened AcuMediZen back in 2012 and practiced for a number of years as a general practitioner, treating stress, anxiety, digestive issues, pain, men's/women's health and much more!
Over time, I began to recognize more of a want and need for the athletes in and around Rochester, as I was approached on numerous occasions by high school, amateur, semi-professional, and professional athletes for alternative methods of recovery, pain management, and athletic enhancement. As a result, I decided to take matters into my own hands and what resulted was AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine.
Being a former high school and college athlete, I had no difficulty making this transition from general practitioner to sports acupuncturist, as I already had an ingrained understanding of the athlete mindset as well as firsthand experience of some of most common and complex injuries that often occur when playing competitive sports.
My continual thirst for knowledge and desire to stay up to date on the latest research and therapeutic techniques sets me apart from other local acupuncturists and professional peers. While my approach may be considered a bit unorthodox from a traditionally conservative standpoint, I offer a unique style of treatment that focuses on getting to the root of one's issue(s) rather than simply treating the symptom(s) as well as drawing on a number of therapeutic modalities in my tool belt.
Acupuncture as a whole has certainly gained a great deal of popularity in Rochester and other parts of the country and world over the last few years, with traditional acupuncture being the most commonly practiced style. However, I specialize in sports acupuncture which incorporates a unique blend of physical assessment, electro acupuncture, cupping therapy, gua sha, and the application of various therapeutic topicals and liniments.
I urge you to come see for yourself why AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine is Rochester's premier acupuncture and wellness clinic, and why I am the city's top sports acupuncturist and alternative pain management specialist. You won't be disappointed!
2009 - Graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA with MSA (Master of Science in Acupuncture) degree
L.Ac. - New York State Licensed Acupuncturist (License # 004770)
Clean Needle Technique certified
Associate Acupuncturist in the Department of Orthopaedics & Physical Performance at the University of Rochester Medical Center (Platinum Building/Penfield, NY)
Extensive continuing education training in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and sports-related injuries, as well as orthopedic assessment, electroacupuncture, motor point acupuncture, trigger point therapy, and dry needling.
2004 - B.A. in History/Political Science
Voted Top 20 Best Acupuncturists in Rochester by Expertise.com
Thumbtack professional (Thumbtack.com) since 2015
Former Team Acupuncturist for the Rochester Razorsharks.
“Treat the cause not the effect”
Dr. Edward Bach
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Increases circulation by enhancing the flow of fresh blood and thus oxygen and nutrients to an area of injury to speed healing and to flush out waste products, toxins and stagnant blood.
Releases muscle tension & pain by accessing trigger points in your muscles. Trigger points are well-documented tender areas which, when stimulated, release tension in muscle fiber. Acupuncture needles cause your muscles to release, thus relieving pain and tension. Pain is a complex issue, and acupuncture is highly effective.
Produces endorphins (the body’s natural opiate-like chemicals) that reduce pain, relieve stress and give some people a euphoric “acupuncture high” feeling.
Reduces stress by reducing stress hormones like cortisol. Stress hormones, while necessary in small amounts, are released much too frequently in most people and are responsible for damage at all cellular levels in your body. They age you, and can cause sleep disruption, weight gain, appetite disturbance, and emotional imbalances; so reducing this systemic response is hugely important in relieving poor health concerns.
Stimulates the parasympathetic system which is our “rest and digest” system (in contrast to the sympathetic system which is our “fight or flight” mode). You may hear your belly start to gurgle when you receive an acupuncture treatment: strong evidence that your parasympathetic system has been activated and that your body is in restoration mode. By taking you out of “fight or flight” and into “rest and digest” mode, acupuncture tells your body to stop using up resources and start rebuilding and nourishing the areas that need attention. Meditation is another great way to do this.
Regulates the immune system, fortifying you against colds and flu, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and inflammation. Acupuncture can stimulate both red and white blood cell production.
Reduces inflammation (through a combination of the mechanisms mentioned above)– but I feel this benefit warrants special emphasis because inflammation is the root of all disease. Inflammation is a healthy response to tissue damage and it can stimulate our bodies’ self-healing mechanisms, but for many of us, poor diets and unrelieved stressors cause our inflammatory response to over-activate. By increasing circulation, reducing stress hormones, producing endorphins, and activating our parasympathetic (rest and digest) system, acupuncture regulates the inflammatory response. Less inflammation=longer healthier life.
Regulates the central nervous system. Neuroacupuncture uses acupuncture points on the head and scalp to inhibit or excite different regions of the brain. This contemporary acupuncture technique has an immediate and often profound impact on central nervous system function.
X factor. I’ll be honest, we don’t know everything about how acupuncture works, just like we don’t everything about how the body works. The above mechanisms explain much of it, but acupuncture sometimes has seemingly miraculous results. There is so much we don’t yet know or understand about the human body, but each day we get a little closer with increases in modern day research and technologies.
Source: Caitlin Gordon, M.S., LAc. of Amaluna Acupuncture & Wellness in Boulder, CO. https://amalunawellness.com/
"REJECT YOUR SENSE OF INJURY, AND THE INJURY ITSELF DISAPPEARS"
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL?
In short, no, acupuncture is not painful. The fact that acupuncture involves needles automatically gives people the impression that it's going to be painful, but that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, approximately 20 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of a common hypodermic needle. Pretty crazy, huh? But yes, acupuncture needles are sharp so people usually feel the initial pinch when it pierces the skin, but sensations of actual pain are highly uncommon and should not be experienced during any of your treatments here at AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine. Other common sensations that you can expect to feel during a session are dullness, heaviness, pressure, distension and occasional soreness.
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ACUPUNCTURE CLINICS?
Many acupuncturists practice what is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. At AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine, I practice a more modern form of acupuncture which falls under the umbrella of medical acupuncture, neurofunctional acupuncture, sports acupuncture, and orthopedic acupuncture. My styles of acupuncture combine many traditional therapies and concepts but with a more modern scientific approach to the human body, the nervous system and their responses to pain, disease and dysfunction. At AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine, I utilize electro acupuncture in most of my treatments because I believe in the power of the human body to modulate, enhance or trigger the production and secretion of various neurochemicals to regulate physiology. Similar to a TCM practitioner, I seek to treat the root of your problem(s) whether they be musculoskeletal, autoimmune, gastrointestinal or respiratory in nature.
WHO BENEFITS FROM OUR TREATMENTS?
Virtually everyone can benefit from the wide arrays of services that we offer here at AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine! I have treated infants, toddlers, teens, college students, middle-aged business executives, political figures, professional athletes and the elderly, and in doing so, I'm extremely proud of my track record, the results that I've delivered, and the reputation that I have developed within the community.
WHAT DO PEOPLE TYPICALLY WEAR DURING A SESSION?
Most people think that acupuncture is one of those therapies that you have to get completely undressed for. I'm here to tell you that that is an absolute myth. Most people usually keep 90-100% of their clothing on during an acupuncture session. Occasionally, I will politely ask you to remove an article of clothing so I can have better access to the part of your body that needs to be worked on. I always drape my patients and will provide you with as many drapes as you need to feel completely comfortable. Your comfort, safety, security are of the utmost importance to me which is why communication and feedback is always encouraged. Lastly, it is recommended that you wear or bring loose fitting clothing to your appointment in order to minimize the chance of you having to remove any additional articles of clothing. Examples of such clothing are sweatpants, yoga pants, shorts, t shirts and tank tops.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This is probably the most frequently asked question and with good reason. The honest answer is I have no idea as everyone is different. Some people respond to treatment much quicker while others require a number of sessions before they start getting their desired results. I typically recommend 4-5 treatments to most people who are either new to acupuncture or just starting off with acupuncture as a new addition to their healthcare regimen. Acute issues often require less treatments while chronic issues and conditions typically require a longer course of treatment. I ALWAYS tell people that patience and open-mindedness are a must as acupuncture is NOT a miracle fix. It takes times just like anything else. Here at AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine, we practice medicine not magic. Make the commitment to live a happier, healthier, pain-free life and leave the rest to us!
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Please refer to my online booking page https://theacudoc.intakeq.com/booking for a list of all of the services I offer and pricing. At AcuMediZen Acupuncture & Sports Medicine, I believe that healthcare, whether conventional or alternative, should be accessible to everyone so in an effort to make this possible I've done my very best to keep my prices not only competitive but also below market value in some cases.
WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?
I am out-of-network with all insurance companies and therefore do NOT accept or bill any insurance at this time. I will, however, gladly provide you with a superbill which is a highly detailed receipt with all of my business information as well as the appropriate insurance coding that you can submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. I would strongly urge you to call your insurance company prior to treatment to see if your particular plan reimburses for out-of-network services.
In addition to cash or credit/debit, I also accept HSA or FSA cards so you might as well use it or lose it!
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US
"Extremely pleased with my experience with Charlie! He's exceptionally knowledgeable, professional, and personable. With only one treatment done in cupping and acupuncture, it immediately relieved my severe back pain! Super excited I found an effective treatment. Needless to say, that won't be the last session with Charlie!"
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