Acupuncture is a Chinese healing method, the invention of which dates back several centuries. Fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body to help the flow of Qi. The needles used are sterilized and consequently safe. The points are referred to as acupuncture points. Chinese medicine has been developed over the past few thousand years, during which it has been refined, making it more effective. Acupuncture works because it balances or normalizes the body’s Qi, which is theoretically considered the vital energy or life force flowing throughout the body. If the Qi depletes or has been obstructed, you will notice various symptoms. Our goal as Acupuncturists is to find the root cause of the imbalance and then focus on treating it.
How Does Acupuncture Treatment Work?
Acupuncture works by influencing the Qi, which flows through the body via a series of channels referred to as meridians. Think of these channels as being similar to blood arteries. When nothing is blocking these channels, Qi flows smoothly. However, if there is an impediment(s), or blockage(s), the normal flow is disrupted. The disruption can lead to a myriad of physical issues, from pains and aches to digestive unease. The regular flow of Qi can be restored by using Acupuncture, which uses a series of needles on various points. Acupuncture helps to unblock obstructions, which helps promote balance. Lots of research in the West has demonstrated that acupuncture needling helps stimulate positive body changes by directly influencing the homeostatic system. That’s why in some conditions, Acupuncture is one of the best ways to seek short and long-term relief since it does not conflict with other forms of mainstream medical treatment.
Why Choose Us?
At Shoreline Acupuncture, we have successfully treated hundreds of patients. To us, Acupuncture is both an art and a form of healing. It requires an understanding of how energy flows, what can interrupt the flow and how best to remedy it. We specialize in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Our beautiful and professional facility invites you to come in and relax while we do the rest. Over the years, we’ve worked with hundreds of patients across Long Island. Many come to us because other forms of treatment weren’t as effective; others choose Shoreline Acupuncture because they want to avoid taking prescription drugs, or getting surgery. Regardless, of your problem, at Shoreline Acupuncture, we might have the right solution for you.
We have a combined 30+ years experience in treating the body. During this time, we’ve made a few observations, one of which is that medical Acupuncture has a wide range of applications. Here are a few examples:
Acupuncture is highly effective at treating low back pain. Patients come to us with limited range of motion, herniated discs, spondylothesis, sciatica, post surgical pain, muscle spasms, low back pain from pregnancy, etc. and we help them get relief in an individually tailored treatment plan. Most times patients feel some relief in as little as one treatment.
Acupuncture is highly effective in treating neck pain. Patients come to us with limited range of motion, herniated discs, cervical spine straightening, headaches, jaw pain, etc.
Acupuncture is highly effective in treating knee pain. Patients come to us with ligament and tendon tears, patellar chondromalacia, bursitis, tendonitis, and osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture is highly effective in treating shoulder pain. Patients come to us with tendonitis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, swimmer’s shoulder, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), A/C joint problems, rotator cuff tear, SLAP tear, etc.
Acupuncture is highly effective in treating hip pain. Patients come to us with bursitis, arthritis, overuse, etc.
The use of Acupuncture to alleviate the symptoms of various emotional disorders isn’t new. However, in our experience, it most effectively addresses issues like anxiety, stress and depression.
Headaches of various types can also be treated using Acupuncture. Our patients have had success with migraines, tension headaches, sinus headaches, cluster headaches, hypertension headaches and temporal headaches.
Acupuncture is also highly effective in maintaining your overall health by improving immunity, circulation, and decreasing stress.
Over the years, we’ve had a great deal of experience treating a myriad of musculoskeletal and common health issues via a tailored treatment plan with sometimes only a few acupuncture sessions. Each treatment is geared towards directly and indirectly addressing our client’s health specific issues.
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The best way to find out how we can help you is to call and schedule an appointment with our team. A consultation is the first step to determining our course of action for the health issues you’re reporting.
Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture Treatment
What kind of needles are used to perform Acupuncture?
A sterilized single-use needle made from surgical grade stainless steel is used. The most common length is 1 ½ inch and 1 inch, depending on the location. For instance, in areas with more tissue, the 2-3 inch needle is required. However, we also have longer needles, but they are rarely used.
Does getting acupuncture treatment hurt?
It’s generally not painful. However, some points are understandably more sensitive than others, making you feel uncomfortable when the needle is inserted. The discomfort most often subsides within seconds. At times the Qi will activate at the insertion point, which will produce a mild aching sensation, but that too will subside in seconds. Acupuncture is unlike getting an injection. Our needles are finer, merely a millimeter wide. Also, we don’t inject or draw anything via the needle.
Is it safe?
When practiced by a qualified and experienced acupuncturist, the process can be very safe with little to no adverse effects. Two large German studies found that fewer than 9% of patients reported adverse effects after Acupuncture. The most common of these adverse effects were bruising and bleeding at the site of insertion. Some other adverse effects include minor discomfort also at the site of insertion and the feeling of fatigue.
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
Many people may assume that Acupuncture is painful; after all, it does seem that way in movies and even in person. However, the treatment can help patients suffering from many conditions like:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has a complete list of all the conditions Acupuncture has been shown to treat.
How often should treatment be scheduled?
In China, patients will get treated daily, but that may not be practical for everyone in America. That’s why for most patients, we’d recommend starting with treatment twice a week to ensure progress. The reason being that the effects are often cumulative, and if you space them (treatments) too far apart, it may diminish its effectiveness. In addition, we also advise getting general well-being or tune-up once a week until your condition has fully disappeared.