Acupuncture + Chiropractic Care


Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of headache, musculoskeletal and arthritic pain, and pain from nerve injury (neuropathy). It is also used for detoxification during withdrawal from dependency on narcotic pain medication and smoking. Acupuncture is frequently prescribed in combination with other treatment modalities to enhance the therapeutic response. There are different techniques involved with acupuncture that you may experience. Our licensed acupuncturist, YuQuing Ye, will go over what you should expect and how the treatment session will go. The needles used in acupuncture are very fine; most patients do not feel them once they are placed.

Medical Conditions we treat with Acupuncture:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Atypical Chest Pain - Only after a Negative Work Up
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar arthritis/arthosis/spinal stenosis
  • Headache
  • Joint Bursitis
  • Neuralgia - Trigeminal, Herpes Zoster, Post herpetic
  • Planter Fasciitis
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Tendonitis - shoulder, hip, elbow, knee, wrist, ankle
  • Neck, Mid Back, Low Back pain
  • Whiplash injury
  • Allegeric Sinusitis
  • Anxiety
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Dizziness
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Panic Attacks
  • Smoke Control
  • Neuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Infertility- patients undergoing IVF treatment - appointment must be 1 month before the patient starts medication - it cannot be done if the patient is doing artificial insemination
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Retention
  • Tinnitus

YuQuing Ye

Ms. Ye, graduated from the Shanghai College of Chinese Traditional Medicine as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She spent ten years on the teaching faculty of the Yue Yan Hospital of the Shanghai College Hospital Complex. Ms. Ye is a Diplomate in Acupuncture and licensed by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and by the New York State Education Department in Acupuncture. She is a Fellow in the American Society of Acupuncturists.

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic care is a discipline that uses spinal manipulations in accompaniment with moist heat, e-stim, soft tissue massage, muscular stretching, and laser therapy treatments to alleviate pain. This type of therapy is often prescribed as a precursor to more invasive techniques. Before your first treatment, there will be an initial evaluation during which our Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), Ralph Mangels, will provide to you the best approach to treating your condition.

Ralph Mangels, DC

Dr. Ralph Mangels serves as an Associate Clinician in South Shore Neurologic's Musculoskeletal Pain department. He is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College, class of 1990. Following graduation he completed additional post-doctoral studies in the fields of neurology, neurophysiology, and rehabilitation. In 1993, he was awarded his diploma in Chiropractic Neurology. In addition to active practice, he is an adjunctive faculty member of New York Chiropractic College and frequently lectures on topics involving: neurology, pain, musculoskeletal function, and rehabilitation. Dr. Mangels joined our staff in 1998.

Rehab Pilates

As a part of our physical therapy program we offer a specialized Rehabilitation Pilates program which allows us to treat our patients, as a whole, not just a specific injury or symptom. Rehabilitation Pilates is directed at optimizing joint motion to improve muscle recruitment patterns and functional mobility while taking into account our patients’ abilities and limitations. Pilates is an effective and non-invasive tool for rehabilitation because it addresses and strengthens the entire body as a cohesive unit. We use Pilate’s apparatus to assist movement before the patient can perform it on their own. The spring assisted/resistance equipment challenges you to maintain stability in more than one plane, teaching you to use your body as a whole in movement. Through continued treatment and enthusiasm, your body will be able to use the skills gained from Pilates to promote healing and prevent future injury.

Susan Modugno, PTA

Susan Modugno, PTA, is the Pilates Rehabilitation Practitioner for Balance Therapeutics. Ms. Modugno has been a licensed physical therapist assistant for over 20 years, having received her training at the Rusk Institute, New York University. She is a Polestar certified Professional in Rehabilitation Pilates and Allegro Reformer. Her specialty is in the use of Pilates based methods of rehabilitation and conditioning. She works specifically with patients diagnosed with neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Posterior Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, and vestibular disorders, as well as, orthopedic conditions including neck, shoulder, and low back pathologies.

Concussion Management

Every year there are 173,285 sports related TBIs in the USA according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What most people don’t know is that concussions are considered traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  They are caused by movement of the brain inside the skull during impact to the head. Children/teens who play sports are more likely to get a concussion than those who don’t, simply because they participate in activities that could expose them to this type of injury.  Most often concussions are mild and children/teens recover quickly, but recurrent or particularly bad concussions can have prolonged symptoms that need special attention.

Symptoms can include:

  • Continued headaches
  • Persistent blurry vision
  • Chronic dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating/memory loss

These symptoms can last for months and can be serious if left untreated. Fortunately there are a number of therapies proven to alleviate these symptoms so that patients can resume their daily lives. Medications are not always necessary to help patients cope with this condition.  There are exercises that can be done to help the brain heal.

Here at SSNA our staff of neurologists, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists are trained to specifically treat brain related injuries. Our neurologists conduct further tests to determine whether or not vestibular therapy would help to alleviate a patient’s symptoms so that they can return to their daily activities. Vestibular therapy is a special variation of physical therapy during which the reflexes and connection between your visual sensory system and your brain are strengthened. Supervised exercises, when done consistently, can aid in the proper healing of the brain after an injury.

Related Links:

The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) is a national membership organization of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practitioners and supporters that serves to advance the profession and practice of AOM. The mission of the AAAOM is to support our members and the AOM community through education, occupational resources, media support, and legislative advocacy in our commitment to facilitate access to the highest quality of healthcare in the United States.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The mission of NCCAM is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.