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What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that encourages the body to promote natural healing and improve function.  It is used by nearly one-third of the world as a primary health care system and many more use it as additional therapy. Acupuncture is a rapidly growing field that is becoming more available to patients in western medical settings as an effective pain management tool.  The fundamental principle of acupuncture is to treat the person as a whole and to address not only the symptom but also the root cause of illness and disease.

Acupuncture involves the insertion and stimulation of very thin needles at specific points on the body.  These points follow along pathways of energy, called meridians, that connect all the major organs and body’s structures.  It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems. Acupuncture has been proven to help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with localized trauma and injury, and can also facilitate healing.  Acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi (pronounced “chee” and translates as “vital energy”) in the body at points that are shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists approximately 50 conditions that acupuncture can treat and this list is growing every day. The most common uses for Acupuncture in the West include: Pain Management, Asthma, Addiction, Gastrointestinal and Gynecological Disorders.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM is based on the Chinese concept of qi and the theory of “yin and yang” (the harmony of all the opposite elements and forces that make up existence). It believes that harmony brings health, wellbeing, and sustainability. Disharmony leads to illness, disease, and collapse.

Health is a state of optimal balance, where all of your systems are working as they should. An imbalance may create pain if the body’s qi is not moving properly through a specific area or meridians.  It can create a variety of symptoms, including, but not limited to, pain, insomnia, digestive disturbances, anxiety, and fatigue.  By restoring the free flow of qi in the body, acupuncture harmonizes and balances the body for optimal health and performance.

Specializing in Sports Medicine Acupuncture®

Currently, Kerri Kuhlsen, L.Ac, C.SMA is the only practitioner certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture® in Staten Island, NY.

Sports injuries are common reasons that many people seek acupuncture treatment.  Sports Medicine Acupuncture® (SMA) incorporates principles from both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Sports Medicine to view the patient’s injury from each of these different perspectives. Treatments are beneficial for chronic pain, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as pre-event preparation and post-event recovery.

An injury within a muscle can affect its ability to function properly, which often results in pain or dysfunction.  SMA treatments involve the stimulation of muscle motor and trigger points on the affected and opposing muscle groups.  When acupuncture is applied to these areas, the muscle is reset back to its healthy state.  Also, by using bodywork to the injured area, the muscle will begin to heal; circulation is increased, thus reducing pain and inflammation.

For both recreational and professional athletes, the goal is to assess the mechanism of injury and severity of the patient’s musculoskeletal complaint. Orthopedic assessment, manual muscle testing, palpation and postural analysis are used to determine the underling cause of your injury. Treatment will consist of Acupuncture & bodywork techniques unique to your needs and corrective exercises to increase effectiveness to get your back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit https://www.sportsmedicineacupuncture.com 

Common Conditions Treated

  • Acute Sprain/Strain
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative Disc/Joint Disease
  • Digestive Complaints
  • Elbow Pain: Golfer’s/Tennis Elbow
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • General Well Being
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Herniated Discs
  • IT Band Friction Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Knee Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Muscle Strain/Sprain
  • Neck Pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Postural Imbalances
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Sciatica
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • SI Joint Pain
  • Tendonitis/Tendinopathy
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • TMJ Pain
  • Vertigo
  • Whiplash

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