Francesco Mariglia, M.S., Licensed Acupuncturist
manual Medicine Techniques
"There is a pleasure in poetic pains, which only poets know." ~ William Cowper, 1785
An acupuncturist is a licensed health care professional who, based on the concepts of oriental medicine, maintains the health of patients and evaluates and treats their illness and pain.
Using the principles of oriental medicine, the acupuncturist will examine you by looking, listening, asking questions, and touching. This allows the acupuncturist to record a full case history.
Once an evaluation is made, the acupuncturist may insert very fine acupuncture needles into a number of points on your body. The purpose of the needles is to stimulate acupuncture points; the needles do not inject any substance into the body. We encourage you to ask your acupuncturist to use presterilized disposable needles.
In some cases, acupuncture may be accompanied by electrical stimulation or the burning of moxa, a form of heat therapy. Acupuncturists may also use a variety of other techniques to enhance acupuncture treatment.
Many conditions may respond to acupuncture, including those related to the following:
- neurological system
- musculo-skeletal system
- respiratory system
- gynecologic and reproductive system
- digestive system
- genito-urinary system
Acupuncture may also help with:
- acute and chronic pain
- maintaining emotional balance
- stress reduction and detoxification
I treat every patient as if they are a member of my family and explain each technique, as well as, request verbal consent before I administer each technique. You are never out-of-control under my care. I will honestly tell you what to experience and whether I highly recommend you breathe through a technique you are fearful of or decide to abandon it because it is not essential to our goals. My goal for 26 years, as a private practice therapist, is to have you well on your way to not needing to return for treatment. This is a very different goal than the standard medical model of returning repeatedly for as long as possible. Acupuncture visits may require six to twelve visits to realize the benefits. However, the majority of my patients feel immediately better and are on their way within three to four visits. I will continue to study new techniques in acupuncture styles (there are over 220 styles that I know of: Chinese styles, Japanese styles, British, French Canadian, Vietnamese, Korean styles, Ayurvedic styles). In the next thirty years I will continue to study Ayurveda (Indian Medicine), and Tibetan Medicine as well. The supreme medicine of course is eating plenty of organic vegetables and fruits; your refrigerator is your medicine cabinet.
Non-insertion Japanese Style. For those who do not want needles puncturing your skin, I will do a sixty minute Funamizu Sensei style treatment. This teishin technique is gently stroking over the meridians of the body, head, scalp, face, and ears to move the obstructions of Qi. The teishin is a sterling silver, non-insertion pressing needle. It is deeply relaxing and excellent for stress, anxiety, insomnia, worrying, and emotional challenges.
Traditional Styles of Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Tri-State College MS Degree 2009) originated in Japan in 562 AD with Korean Buddhist monks. It is a combination of moxibustion (burning mugwort herb) techniques, bodywork, micro-bleeding, Shonihari, Shudo, Matsumoto styles and a variety of needling techniques to evaluate and provide treatment to return the body to harmony.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Dietary Therapy TCM is an ancient Chinese medicine, originating in Sri Lanka (Ceylon 37,000 BC), used to treat a multitude of diseases and conditions by restoring the normal flow of energetic life force Qi and Blood throughout the body systems, as well as, relieving physical, mental and emotional pain. Auricular (Ear) and Scalp acupuncture, fire cupping or air cupping and Vietnamese GuaSha may also be implemented. (I am currently studying Herbal Medicine within this program but will not prescribe herbs until I graduate and pass the NYS board exam for herbal medicine.)
Neuromuscular Insertion. (McMaster University style) A neuromuscular insertion technique using acupuncture needles to stimulate peripheral nerves, with or without electricity, to induce physiological changes upon the nervous system and its effectors (endocrine, exocrine and immune systems), for therapeutic purposes. This style is for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, including electro-acupuncture and the enlistment of muscle motor points and trigger points in order to improve blood profusion and restore neuromuscular function.
Sports Acupuncture (AcuSport) includes the assessment by manual muscle testing for evaluation of the integrity of contractile tissue, detecting muscle imbalance and identifying injured tissue and its affected channel, as well as, needling techniques to assist in the resolution of dysfunction.
Classical Chinese Acupuncture for emotional, spiritual, and psychological modulation of the challenges we encounter in our lives from time to time.
Medical Manual Therapies combine advanced manual therapy techniques from across the disciplines of ligamental manual therapy (Muscular Therapy Institute/Dr. Ben Benjamin, PhD), Chinese tuina, licensed massage therapy, and Japanese Sotai (Sensai Stephen Brown) to manage muscular pain, along with 57 years of hands-on, intuitive experience in facilitating the circulation of energy and blood; warming, nourishing, and detoxifying the sinews and muscles of the body; thereby, releasing pain. Various therapeutic stretches may be taught before or after the session.