Sports Acupuncture

Patients seeking acupuncture for sports injuries include athletes, enthusiastic sports players or anyone with an active spirit to move throughout their day.   Recently Christine just completed her coursework in Sports Medicine Acupuncture® (SMA). Methods used are orthopedic assessment, manual muscle testing, palpation and postural analysis to determine the underlying cause of injury. Instability in the body structurally, mechanically or internally can create pain or dysfunction. Acupuncture treatments are beneficial for getting patients out of pain and dysfunction. Treatments will consist of a series of acupuncture, bodywork techniques & corrective exercises unique to your needs to get you back to your normal activities as soon as possible.



Acupuncture is a system of healing that has developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan, and other Eastern countries. The earliest records of acupuncture date back over 3,000 years and today one fourth of the population uxses acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle that our health depends on the balanced functioning of the body energy. When we are in perfect health all the energy “Qi” runs harmoniously throughout the body.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile, single-use, ultra-fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body. The stimulation of carefully chosen points can access and maintain the necessary flow of the body to alleviate unwanted symptoms and reverse the effects of disease. Points are chosen on the body, scalp and in the ears. Acupuncture promotes self-healing by restoring homeostasis and reducing bio-entropy. It normalizes the dysfunction of soft tissues and balances musculoskeletal mechanics.

Acupuncture will help restore homeostasis, enhance athletic and creative performance, prevent injuries, and treat a range of disorders as the nervous system directly relates to the interstitial connective tissue, immune, endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory system. Acupuncture treatments are tailored to each individuals needs identifying their stress patterns and promoting freedom from locked holding patterns. Acupuncture treatments are encouraged on an ongoing basis and help many patients reverse stress patterns leading to GI distress, anxiety/irritability, cardiac neuroses, depression, pelvic collapse, spinal irritation and adrenal exhaustion.


Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine treats the body through changing the environment of the body to help patients recover from illness. Herbal medicine is used as a comprehensive system of health maintenance. Herbs are administered typically through oral ingestion. The abdomen, tongue and pulse are used to assess and reassess the effect of the herbs on the body. Herbal Medicine is especially useful in promoting the body’s ability to heal and recover from illness and aging.


Gua Sha & Cupping

The benefits of Gua Sha and cupping are numerous. They promote normal circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the surface treated. Patients experience immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility. Nutrients are carried to the tissues and metabolic waste is carried away restoring normal metabolic processes and effectively removing blood stasis.


Auricular Therapy

Specific points on the ear when stimulated trigger electrical impulses to the brain for specific areas to be treated. Auricular therapy is known to be helpful in smoking cessation and suppressing ones appetite for weight loss.



Christine’s massage entails soft tissue manipulation, stretches and joint mobilization, while improving one’s flexibility and leaving them with a sense of relaxation, and improved body awareness.


The Melt Method

When necessary, in addition to receiving acupuncture Christine encourages her patients to learn how to MELT (myofascial energetic lengthening technique). Patients are taught how to assess and reassess their bodies, improve posture, hydrate tissues to increase their optimal performance in their day to day living. As acupuncture restores balance and homeostasis in ones nervous system, MELT is a self care technique that teaches individuals how to tap into their neuro-fascial system on their own. Research has shown that the anatomical relationship between acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes is important in acupuncture’s mechanism of action and suggests the importance of the integrative role of interstitial connective tissue. Self care techniques are taught by Christine to help maintain pelvic and shoulder stability, rehydrate tissues and target areas of the body that are out of balance and weak.

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  • "Christine worked with me once a week for six months as part of our integrative musculoskeletal medicine program. After medical assessment, Christine was part of a comprehensive treatment plan that included medications, exercise, acupuncture, and bodywork. Patients consistently commented on her bedside skills & several had marked improvement after Christine’s treatments. What impressed me the most was her caring and advocacy on patients’ behalf; Christine never stops looking for additional ways to make her patients better."

    - Dr. Alex Moroz
    NYU Rusk Institute
  • "Living in New York City I have found that when it comes to health care there are the best of the best and the worst of the worst and then there is all that in between where we spend months and lots of dollars searching for relief. After another injury to my right shoulder the dilemma was to find the best of the best to treat the ailment with minimal waste of my time and money.

    Finally after lots of complaining and networking I was recommended to an acupuncturist. And I consider Christine Marcarian as one of the best. Besides being exceptionally knowledgeable about her craft she is grounded, wholesome, caring as well as very nurturing and accessible. My healing began after the first visit. I highly recommend Christine if you are looking for the best!"

    - Eileen Maier
  • "Christine is phenomenal! I saw her weekly during my performance of Macbeth in NYC. Whatever ache, pain, stiffness, or fatigue I had by the time I got off of her table, I felt calm, centered, without pain and always in a far better place to perform. She has an intuition that is uncanny. I cannot recommend her highly enough."

    - Patrick Stewart
  • "I went to Christine for terrible migraines. Before trying acupuncture, I exhausted all forms of treatment with the neurologist, chiropractor and various other modalities, some of which helped but just temporarily. After several months, I have never felt so good. Not only do I feel better, I look better and am much happier."

    - Valerie K
    Human Resources
  • "Over a period of years now and for very different symptoms-sciatica, migraines, stress, and various side effects from cancer radiation treatment. I have been the grateful beneficiary of Christine’s expertise and impressive touch.

    She has been of immeasurable help to me. I would unqualifiedly recommend her to anyone seeking highly trained, experienced, professional, and compassionate care."

    - Margaret E
    VP Bristol Myers Squib