Our Specialties

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek out an acupuncturist or other health care provider. At one point or another, most peopl...

Headache

Around half of the population will get a headache at some point in a given year. Sometimes, they are mild and go away on their own. Other times, they are more severe and keep co...

Neck Pain

It can be so frustrating: that nagging, aching pain in your neck. It keeps you up at night. You can't turn to look over your shoulder when your driving. It's starting to interf...

We specialize in treatment of pain, chronic pain and sports injuries.

SPECIALITY CONDITIONS - ACUPUNCTURE & DRY NEEDLING SYRACUSE AND ONONDOGA COUNTY

About Us

We believe that no one should have to live with pain or chronic illness. Everyone should enjoy vibrant health and be able to do the things they love.

Conveniently located in Syracuse, NY, we offer customized treatment plans to help patients manage chronic pain, support injury recovery and even help elite athletes maximize sports performance.

We’re dedicated to helping you achieve the healthiest version of you possible.

  • Leading International Expert
  • Board Certified Specialist
  • Personalized Care Plans
  • Warm Compassionate Staff
  • Often Covered By Insurance
  • Community Focused

General Questions

  • I'm an athlete. I feel pretty good. Can you still help me?

    Acupuncture & Dry Needling may increase strength and flexibility, correct muscle imbalances, improve millisecond reaction time and generally improve the adaptability of the body. Many professional athletes get routine treatments to maintain peak performance and reduce the risk of injury.

  • Are all acupuncturists the same?

    Acupuncture & Dry Needling may increase strength and flexibility, correct muscle imbalances, improve millisecond reaction time and generally improve the adaptability of the body. Many professional athletes get routine treatments to maintain peak performance and reduce the risk of injury.

  • How is the Orthopedic Acupuncture Different?

    Acupuncture & Dry Needling may increase strength and flexibility, correct muscle imbalances, improve millisecond reaction time and generally improve the adaptability of the body. Many professional athletes get routine treatments to maintain peak performance and reduce the risk of injury.

  • What should i do after my treatment?

    Acupuncture & Dry Needling may increase strength and flexibility, correct muscle imbalances, improve millisecond reaction time and generally improve the adaptability of the body. Many professional athletes get routine treatments to maintain peak performance and reduce the risk of injury.

Matthew Reed, MS, L.Ac. Dipl. Ac.

As a long-time athlete, I knew what I wanted to specialize in before I ever even applied to graduate school. I knew that I wanted to help people improve their performance and live healthy, active lives without pain. This led me to seek out the best continuing education sources that I could find and spend countless hours pouring over the scientific literature on orthopedic acupuncture while I was still a student at New York Chiropractic College. The goal was to hit the ground running, already specialized.

My studies and many teachers led me to blend trigger point dry needling with neurofunctional acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. I have found that this approach produces the best results for treating most types of pain and restoring musculoskeletal function. I have used this integrated style to successfully treat patients of all ages and walks of life, from children to grandparents, office workers, weekend warriors to high-level strength athletes and members of the AHL and NHL.

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Effective Methods

Neurofunctional Acupunture

Neurofunctional acupuncture is a form of acupuncture that is based on our modern understanding of how the nervous system works. It utilizes very low intensity electric current along with the needles. The goal to promote self regulation of nervous system activity, restore proper joint and muscle movement, release natural pain-killing substances,and more.

This style is well suited for treating athletes and many other people who experience musculoskeletal problems and pain. Based on your history and a physical exam, we will determine which muscles are weak, which kinetic chains aren’t functioning properly and what else may be going on. The goal is to reduce your symptoms and restore normal pain-free movement.

There is also growing body of experimental evidence to suggest that this form of acupuncture can be used to release mesenchymal stem cells.

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling (and how can it help me)?

Dry needling is a style of acupuncture that has grown popular over the last couple of decades.  It is the preferred style used by many professional athletes!

Unlike most other acupuncture techniques, Dry Needling is based on modern science and knowledge of how muscles, nerves and inflammation work.  Dry Needling directly targets your muscles to relieve pain and improve function.

I’ve heard of Trigger Points.  What are those?

Trigger Points are sensitive spots in tight bands in your muscles.  They usually form near where the nerve attaches.  They cause predictable patterns of referred pain, weakness, limited range of motion and impaired joint function.  They can also affect your coordination or balance, cause your muscle to tire quickly and recover more slowly after exercise.  Normally, Trigger Points shouldn’t be there.  Injury, stress, infections, arthritis, stress or overuse of your muscles can cause them to form.

So How Does It Work?

Stimulation of a Trigger Point causes a “twitch response.”  This “resets” the muscle.  The tight band in your muscle relaxes and starts to work normally again.  By resetting the muscle, Dry Needling relieves tension on tendons, pressure on nerves and – most importantly – reduces pain.  It also releases natural pain killers, improves circulation and has been shown to reduce inflammation in trigger points.

Can It Help Me?

Patients with many conditions may benefit.  Some of the more common conditions include headaches; knee, back, shoulder or elbow pain; tendonitis/tendonosis; restricted range of motion; plantar fasciitis; frozen shoulder; whiplash injuries; and many others.

When Can I Get Started?

You can get started as soon as possible!  No referral needed.  Contact our Acupuncture Clinic in N. Syracuse, NY at 315-935-5700 to book an appointment.  Now, if you’re looking for a soothing spa treatment with incense,  flute music and laying there with a bunch of pins in you, this is not the treatment for you.  However, if you’re looking to up your game, get out of pain and feel amazing, then you’ve come to the right place!

Manual Therapies

When you come in for your appointment, we may utilize manual therapies in addition to your acupuncture treatment.
Tuina

Tuina is a system of Chinese medical massage. Historically, it has been closely linked to martial arts and was passed down through apprenticeships. Think about it. The leader who could get his soldiers healthy again the fastest would be more likely to win the next battle. It’s not surprising, then, that tuina is one of Chinese Medicine’s most effective tools to help you recover from a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and trauma.

Tuina is not your typical relaxing massage; the aim is explicitly therapeutic. It uses active and passive stretching and soft tissue and joint mobilizations, and other techniques that are similar to western myofascial release. Like other sports medicine techniques we use, the goal is to restore normal, pain free movement.
Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a traditional form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. It involves rubbing / scraping the skin with around-edged instrument. Usually, I use a specially cut piece of jade. Traditionally, it is thought to improve blood circulation in the muscle and other tissue.

It is also used to break up myofascial adhesions in the areas that we treat. Fascia is the “shrink wrap” around your muscles, blood vessels and other tissues. Normally, sheets of fascia slide smooth lyover one another. Injury, over training, inflammation or other causes can cause cross linkages and / or “scar tissue” to form,which prevent normal gliding and elasticity. Gua Sha, along with tuina can help to break up those adhesions and improve mobility. Usually, patients experience immediate improvement in stiffness, pain and movement following a treatment.

Client Testimonials

My name is Dawn Richie, and I've been coming to see Matt for about a month and a half. I'm big time into kick-boxing and I was looking for an acupuncturist to basically even out a muscle imbalance that I had. So I had emailed and Matt said that he could help me. We did an assessment and it has been absolutely phenomenal. The things that Matt has worked on has been abdominal imbalance. He has worked on some hamstring issues, but most recently, as I was doing a workout, I injured my back. Previously, when I had a back injury, I would be out of working out for probably six to eight weeks and going to physical therapy. Since I've been seeing Matt, I was only out for one week. And the performance level that I have achieved from coming here has just been astronomical. Not only was I able to get back to working out after one week, but I'm able to do jump kicks higher than I ever have in my entire life. My strength is back. At one point, I wasn't able to do pushups because of a lat issue and he's fixed that. It's just, it's a great adventure. So if you're having any issues or you have any questions, make sure that you contact Matt because it's a great place and he does great work.

Dawn Richie
Muscle Imbalance

I'm Dan Tucker and I injured...actually I broke my femur in a mountain biking accident. I'm an avid mountain biker. I'm actually, very active. I'm into hockey. I'm into skiing all winter with my girls. And, so the femur fracture was a bit of a setback to say the least. I was referred to Matt through a friend of mine, to try to get my atrophied muscles throughout my leg, back up and running a bit quicker. When I first came here a month or about a month or so ago, I was hobbling around on crutches pretty badly, muscles in my right leg were not really working at all. It seems through multiple treatments, that my legs are getting back up and running. I can actually walk now, after about a month worth of treatment. Also I'm hoping to be back on my bike rather quickly. So, anyone who is dealing with any type of muscle pain or muscle atrophy, particularly in the legs, come see Matt.

Dan Tucker
Muscle Atrophy

Hi, my name is Sarah. About two months ago, I thought I slept wrong. I woke up and was uncomfortable. Two days later, I couldn't turn my head either way, basically, without being in excruciating pain. And my right arm was basically useless. Painful, numb, tingling, just out of control. I couldn't lift a hairbrush without tears coming to my eyes. So in a desperate measure, I called around to chiropractors because it happened to be Good Friday. I went and I could slightly move my neck a little bit after. Went for a couple of more weeks with results minimal. Then I started to get to the root of the problem with X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostics. Still having pain. Started physical therapy during this time, proactively, and still having pain.


So four weeks into physical therapy, I gave Matt a try. Open-minded you have to be. Afraid of needles you need not be. Because the minuscule poke, that pain is... If you want your pain gone, you will tolerate your poke for the relief. I had instantaneous greater range of motion with my arm after the first visit. After two weeks, I am like a new person. My husband noticed improvements. My family noticed improvements. I was so uncomfortable previously that I told my husband, "I would rather be in labor." Because that was what the pain equated too, if not greater, because you never knew when it was coming and you never knew when it was going to end. Labor, it's hell. It hurts. You know you're going to have an ending though. And you know you're going to get a baby. You don't know what you're going to get out of this. You don't know when the pain's going to stop.


I've had improvements. He's worked on other areas that have given me troubles years prior. I don't know. I'm starting to feel really good again, which is great because I have four kids that are active and I want to be able to do things with them outside now that the weather's getting good. And just not be in pain all the time. I want to be the active mom that I was. We hiked. We're ballplayers. I just wanted to be able to do that without being in pain and I'm doing it.

Sarah
Excruciating pain

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