Acupuncture has many therapeutic and preventive applications, from pain relief to promoting overall wellness. The skilled team at 43rd St. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in the Theater District of Manhattan, New York City, uses acupuncture to treat a wide variety of conditions. Call or book an appointment online today to discover the benefits of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a key element of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting fine, sterile needles into particular points on your body. The licensed acupuncturist at 43rd St. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation places the needles strategically, so they rarely cause discomfort. Most people find acupuncture deeply relaxing.
The basis of acupuncture is that the optimal functioning of your body depends on the unrestricted flow of energy (qi) through pathways (meridians) under your skin. Blocked or weakened qi flow can lead to health problems, including pain and illness. Acupuncture improves your health by restoring balance to this energy flow.
Acupuncture is useful for preventive and therapeutic purposes. The team at 43rd St. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation uses acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
Acupuncture also provides a drug-free alternative to prescription painkillers for people who suffer from chronic pain.
Acupuncture needles stimulate the muscles, connective tissues, and nerves beneath your skin. This stimulation triggers the release of endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain relievers.
The team at 43rd St. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation may recommend acupuncture on its own or along with another treatment, such as chiropractic care, to promote optimal wellness.
Your first session is a bit longer than the rest because it involves a detailed assessment of your general health. The acupuncturist at 43rd St. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They also ask you about any symptoms or concerns you have.
During the treatment, your acupuncturist opens a sealed, sterile package of acupuncture needles. You lie down or sit in a relaxed position while they carefully insert the needles into specific points in your body. The number and location of the needles depends on your unique needs.
You should dress comfortably and wear clothes that are easy to roll up in case your acupuncturist needs to access your legs or arms. Once all of the needles are in place, you relax for up to 30 minutes while they work. Then, your provider returns to remove the needles.
To learn more about acupuncture, call 43rd St. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, or book an appointment online today.