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Skaneateles Acupuncture: On pins and needles

Acupuncture is about bringing the body back into balance.

It can be used to treat many conditions, from back pain to thyroid function and has even been used to treat infertility and to induce labor in pregnant women.

The World Health Organization has identified 90 different issues the treatment is effective on, ranging from muscle conditions to skeletal, said Bryan Isacks, a licensed acupuncturist and proprietor of Skaneateles Acupuncture.

"It's such an effective and useful treatment," Isacks said.

Located at the Sherwood House on West Genesee Street in the village of Skaneateles, Isacks opened up shop on Feb. 18 and has been commuting between a practice in Trumansburg, near Ithaca, and his new private practice.

Isacks is accustomed to seeing several patients in a day -- averaging 10 to 15 clients daily at the high volume pain clinic in Trumansburg where he practices with approximately 30 other acupuncturists.

"I've been targeted on pain management," he said.

A private practice in Skaneateles, however, allows him to slow down a little, see as few or as many patients in a day as he is comfortable with and treat more than just pain. The fewer patients he sees also gives him the chance to spend more time with them to truly understand the patient's background and what issues they are asking him to treat.

"We really spend a lot of time listening to our patients," he said.

While he is happy with the larger practice, he sees the opportunity in Skaneateles as one where he can offer "the best of what acupuncture and oriental medicine have to offer."

Together, there are more than 2,000 years of studies and information gathered on these kinds of therapy. Today, a massage treatment known as Tui Na is still practiced in Chinese hospitals, and in China medical practice is regularly combined with oriental medicine and acupuncture, he said.

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