Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It stimulates the release of the body’s natural painkillers and affects areas in the brain involved in processing pain. Results from a number of studies conclude that acupuncture may help ease chronic, low-back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Other studies show reduction of the frequency of tension headaches and prevention of migraine headaches.
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. It is often very soothing to the patient, providing a soft humming vibration. Electroacupuncture has garnered good results in the treatment of neurological diseases, chronic pain, spasms, paralysis and sports medicine injuries.
Moxabustion involves burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves, on or near acupuncture points (without burning the skin). The resulting heat helps stimulate these points, improves circulation which helps a range of health issues, from chronic pain to digestive troubles.
Cupping is a technique that uses small glass or plastic cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin drawing congested blood to the surface in order to improve circulation. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is particularly relaxing.
Contact me for an appointment today: (516) 238-0278. I pride myself on helping my patients feel relaxed and comfortable so they can get the most out of their treatments. Many insurance plans cover acupuncture.