Acupuncture Basics

Acupuncture represents a commonly embraced complementary medicine approach to patient care. For thousands of years, Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries. It offers a potential means of controlling pain for those individuals who either wish to avoid more traditional, Western treatment options or who have failed to benefit from trials of physical therapy, medications, injections, and even surgery.

Why See An Acupuncturist?

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, it is our belief that a successful complementary medicine approach must include an integrative treatment plan with ongoing communication between your physician and your complementary medicine specialist. In our practice and in the true spirit of complementary medicine, clinicians work and assess patients together on a regular basis. Each is familiarized with the others’ approach to each patient’s care, and medical charts are shared between specialists. In addition, the physicians of Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine have pursued advanced training in acupuncture and complementary medicine at Harvard Medical School. With dual training as acupuncturists and massage therapists, our staff has expertise in several methods of both procedures, including the unique Pulse Diagnosis style of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture and Acupuncture Physical Medicine with trigger point release techniques.

More About Acupuncture

The term “acupuncture” describes a variety of techniques that involve stimulating specific points in the body. The most studied form involves thin, metallic needles that are either manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Its use for certain conditions has been recognized by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. The earliest reports of use in the United States date back to 1826. In 1826, a surgeon in the United States Navy described seeing an acupuncturist to treat lower back pain. It has been used by millions of Americans each year as a means of managing chronic pain. It is based on the premise that the body is regulated by an energy known as “qi”. Qi flows throughout the body. Disruptions of qi are believed to be responsible for disease.

It is the goal is to correct such imbalances by the stimulating specific locations in the body. These locations are known as acupuncture points and are typically found at specific locations along “meridians”. In addition, a number of acupuncture points believed to possess special properties are located outside of these meridians. There are also known as “A-shi” points which have no assigned location but rather represent tender or reflexive points on the body during painful episodes.