Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain services offered in Staten Island, NY

Recent research shows that more than 20% of American adults battle chronic pain. Fortunately, if you are one of the individuals just trying to make it day by day, acupuncture specialist Kerri Kuhlsen, L.Ac., c.SMA, offers a range of solutions to work alongside you. At her private practice, Twin Acupuncture, in the New Springville neighborhood of Staten Island, New York City, she offers holistic treatments to enable you to stop suffering and start living. To request an initial consultation, call or text the office or fill out the online form today.

Chronic Pain Q&A

What is chronic pain?

If you experience an injury or illness and your pain lasts 12 weeks beyond the initial inflammation, it is considered chronic pain. This pain may range from mild to severe and can occur as sharp or dull sensations, depending on the underlying cause.

What are common causes of chronic pain?

Your chronic pain may be related to:

  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Chronic injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Joint pain, such as shoulder, elbow, or knee pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Getting the help of an experienced health care professional can ensure you start pursuing solutions as early as possible and don’t suffer more than you have to.

How can my chronic pain be treated?

Twin Acupuncture offers many solutions and customizes your treatment to your unique needs. After an initial consultation to get familiar with your medical history, current needs, and goals, Kerri may recommend:


Acupuncture utilizes hair-thin needles inserted into specific pressure points in your body to help you recover faster, relieve pain, and improve your mental and physical health by encouraging balance throughout your body, especially in areas of tension or injury.

Acupuncture also promotes improved mental health, which is important if chronic pain impacts your energy and self-esteem or contributes to anxiety.


This is a variation of acupuncture that increases the stimulation of the treatment by adding a gentle electrical current to the pressure points. This can address chronic pain, nausea, and a host of musculoskeletal issues. As a bonus, it may help you sleep better at night.

Dry needling

Dry needling, also called intramuscular manual therapy, is an alternative practice that physical therapists and certified acupuncturists use to release trigger points in your body. These tight areas in your muscles prevent you from healing like you should and can be painful to the touch.

This treatment circulates nutrients and oxygen into sore, injured, or overworked areas.

Cupping therapy

Cupping therapy uses small cups to suction and lift the skin to relax your muscles and increase circulation to areas that need it. If Kerri decides this treatment is safe for you, it can have many benefits, including help with respiratory problems, better digestion, and reducing chronic pain.

To learn more about what treatments can help address your chronic pain, fill out the online form or reach out to Twin Acupuncture by calling or texting the office today.