Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

The weather is warming up, and we’re getting outside more to enjoy ourselves and start training. With the time of weekend warriors and marathon training arriving, injuries will also occur. Acupuncture therapies are a great way to reduce and prevent injuries and pain.

Acupuncture and Cupping for Training

Acupuncture helps people train by reducing pain, increases circulation (therefore healing) and decreasing inflammation (also important for healing). Electro-acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate healing in muscle rehabilitation. This is probably why many people with chronic injuries that flare up when you start training will see improvement because the … Read More

What is a Trigger Point?

neck musclesWhat is a Trigger Point?

The term trigger point is attributed to Dr. Janet Travell (among other things, the personal physician to JFK) and is used to describe a tight band of knots in the muscles and connective tissues.

Fascia and connective tissue is the “white stuff” in your old Anatomy and Physiology text from college. Many generations of anatomy professors have simply cleared it away without paying attention to it’s clinical importance, but we now know that fascia is very important to health. [1] Trigger points are some of the most common reasons for chronic pain. I’ve also seen … Read More

Getting the Qi

acupuncture on upper backDoes acupuncture hurt? No, acupuncture does not usually hurt when performed by a trained acupuncturists.

There are many feelings associated with acupuncture.  Feeling is good!  It means that the acupuncture points are stimulated and they will being the healing process.

How does acupuncture feel?

Acupuncture usually does not hurt.  After the needle is inserted you can feel numbess, tingling, movement, heaviness, or a feeling of floating.  This is called “Getting the Qi” and it means that the acupuncture points are properly stimulated.

Getting the Qi

Qi is the energy which flows through channels on the body. Acupuncture stimulates the … Read More

Why Heat Causes Headaches?

heatheadacheSummer is finally here in New York.  Most people are happy about the hotter weather but for many with chronic migraine and tension headaches warmer weather will trigger a headache.

It’s not just you alone.  Many research studies on weather patterns causing headaches show an increase in temperature to be a significant factor in triggering headaches.  An increase in humidity was also a factor for most types of headaches.

Acupuncture doctors have observed this phenomena for centuries. Weather and climatic factors are one of the major causes of headaches in acupuncture.

 Acupuncture uses the weather patterns — wind, dampness, … Read More

Acupuncture for muscle rehabilitation

man runningMany people find it hard to recover from an injury even with rounds of therapy. Stellar athletes, weekend warriors, and people working in an office with with repetitive stress injuries can all have problems recovering from an injury.

This is particularly an issue with  and older individuals as it becomes harder to build up muscle mass.

Many of my patients have tried dozens of therapies before finding their way to our acupuncture office.

Electroacupuncture for Muscle Rehabilitation

Electro-acupuncture has a unique effect to help individuals who have stubborn injuries and chronic pain. Not only does electro-acupuncture reduce pain and inflammation, … Read More

Acupuncture Takes Care of a Back Spasm

Acupuncture close on backI used to have back pain and back spasms on a regular basis. Thanks to acupuncture and tai ji practice I have not had a back spasm in years.

Until last week.

A lot has been going on recently with me, moving into our new acupuncture office, we remodeled our apartment, and we have a little one on the way. I’ve had a lot on my mind. Also the New York weather has been humid which tightens my back muscles.

When my back seized up, the pain was mostly on the right side of my lumbar. My lower back was … Read More

What Makes a Great Acupuncture Treatment

The process of treating back pain with acupuncture, or any pain for that matter, is complex.  As an acupuncturist, we have many factors to consider in the treatment.

Important factors include:

  • What acupuncture points to use
  • Length of the acupuncture treatment
  • Comfortable positioning
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Cupping

1. How to choose acupuncture points:

Acupuncture points can be chosen based on location of the pain, type of the pain, and the underlying imbalances causes the pain.  Some pain, such as pain from sciatica, is best relieved by acupuncture locally in the lower back, around the sacrum, and throughout the course of … Read More

The Art of Electro-Acupuncture

The success of an acupuncture treatment lies in the details.  This is what I call the art of electro-acupuncture is in the details of how one uses the therapy.  The specific stimulation machine, proper selection of acupuncture points, how long you use the stimulation, and the proper frequency are all factors in success of the therapy.

Acupuncture Microstim

In my acupuncture clinic, we use the Pantheon Research microstim machine.  This is one the highest quality machines ensure a safe and effective treatment.  Microstim means that the amplitude of the electric stimulation is much smaller.  This is much more comfortable for … Read More

Electro-Acupuncture for Pain Relief

Acupuncture is a constantly evolving art.  Electro-acupuncture was only developed within the last 100 years.

Electro-acupuncture can be used for many conditions such as hormone imbalances, menstural cramps, poor digestion, stroke, Parkinsons and other issues.   But it is most often used to augment the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory aspects of acupuncture.(1,2) The pain relief with electro-acupuncture can be so dramatic it has been used for certain types of surgery in China.

Electro-acupuncture is very similar to regular acupuncture.  That is the acupuncture point selection is generally the same.  Electro-acupuncture provides additional small amount electric stimulation to the acupuncture needles.  The … Read More

The Body Acupuncture

Acupuncture can target chronic pain in any location of the body.  Sometimes, an acupuncturist will put needles in the place of the pain.  But other times an acupuncturist will place needles far away from the location, such as in acupuncture points on the legs and feet for chronic headaches.

The primary way acupuncturists can focus the treatment for chronic pain in specific places because of the acupuncture channels.   Acupuncture channels connect different parts of the body and run along different places in the body.  The acupuncture channels create a type of map that interconnects different regions of the body.… Read More