Originally a form of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has gained acceptance around the world and is used to treat a wide range of issues. Conditions that can be addressed include:
- Acute and chronic pain (including phantom pain)
- Headaches and migraines
- Arthritis pain
- Premenstrual syndrome and menstrual cramps
- Chemotherapy-Induced nausea and vomiting
What to Expect During Treatment
Acupuncture involves the use of extremely thin, flexible, sterile needles. During treatment, these needles are applied to specific points of the body to stimulate nerves, muscles, and other tissues. Your licensed Acupuncturist will walk you through the process from start to finish, to help ensure a comfortable, positive patient experience. After evaluating your symptoms, the Acupuncturist will determine where to place the needles. The needles will be placed close to the skin’s surface, and treatment typically lasts from 20 minutes to an hour. Many patients report feeling relaxed following treatment.
About Our Acupuncturist
Ericka Distefano is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Acupuncturist. Ericka earned both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University. She then attended the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, acquiring a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing at Loyola University New Orleans while also training at UP Health System – Bell.
Ericka Distefano, FNP-C, LAc
UP Health System - Bell | Family Medicine
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with UP Health System - Bell | Family Medicine, call 906.485.2687. Many health insurance plans now cover acupuncture treatments, so check with your insurance provider for coverage details. Acupuncture treatment is also available on a fee-for-service basis, with no referral required.