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. Unfortunately, face coverings are required to enter the premises and absolutely no exceptions will be made. 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.
MEET YOUR ACUPUNCTURIST
CHARLIE SYLVESTER, MSA, 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 means of recovery, pain management, and athletic enhancement. As a result, I decided to take matters into my own hands and what resulted was the birth of 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 the rest his 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).
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 liniments as well.
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 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
Extensive continuing education training in musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, orthopedic assessment, electro acupuncture, and motor point acupuncture.
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
OR PERHAPS YOU PREFER THE WRITTEN VERSION...
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/