Skaneateles Acupuncture: On pins and needles

"We are proven to be effective for so many conditions," Isacks said.

While many people turn to conventional medical practices before they consider alternative treatments, he said some shouldn't wait to make the switch. In fact, he suggests trying them simultaneously.

"It's [acupuncture] great to utilize right at the beginning stages of care," he said.

At Isacks practice in Trumansburg, he receives a lot of direct referrals from medical doctors to supplement conventional treatment with acupuncture. In Skaneateles, Isacks has begun reaching out to doctors to let them know more about what he does since he is currently the only acupuncturist located downtown in the lakeside community.

"You have to get good results with a few people and that gets the ball rolling," he said in reference to getting the word out about Skaneateles Acupuncture.

Isacks holds office hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays on the second floor of the Sherwood house, 32 W. Genesee St. For more information about Isacks and his practice, log onto skaneatelesacupuncture.com. For appointments, call him at (607) 592-3943.

Facts about Isacks

* Grew up in Ithaca, lives in Ovid

* Married to Andrea, father to two young children -- Sophie, 4, and Ryder, 7 months

* Attended Cornell University for his undergraduate degree

* Completed a Masters of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine; licensed to practice Chinese herbal medicine in 2007

* Sits on the faculty of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College

Common questions about acupuncture

* Does it hurt? This is the most common question practitioners are asked. Isacks said the answer is no, it does not hurt. "It is not sensationless, but it doesn't hurt like a needle," he said.

* Is it safe? According to Isacks, acupuncture has one of the lowest percentages of adverse effects.

* Is there medicine on the needles? No. The needles are sterile and disposable, and they are never reused.

* How long is a session? Approximately 60 minutes

* How much does it cost? An average session is in the vicinity of $100

* Are there medications prescribed to supplement treatment? He is licensed and able to recommend herbs for his patients to use. In order to recommend them, acupuncturists train for upwards of four years on what herbs could or should be recommended for varying conditions.

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