According to acupuncture theory, pain or disease occurs in the body when there is a deficiency or imbalance of energy along lines called meridians. Over the centuries, acupuncturists have observed that inserting a very fine needle at precise points along these meridians yields a tremendous range of highly predictable health effects, helping reduce pain, increase range of motion and expedite recovery time.
Modern science in turn has measured electrical potentials at these points and confirmed the meridians’ locations as mapped in ancient times. Subsequent research has shown acupuncture to improve circulation, reduce inflammation and stimulate the body’s own opiate-like chemicals to control pain.
The World Health Organization and the National Institutes for Health recognize acupuncture for treatment of chronic and acute pain, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, joint pain, headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). The needles used are hair-thin, sterile and always discarded after one use.
Manhattan Sports Medicine acupuncturists focus on regulating metabolism and relieving stress, thus helping patients improve mental poise and sleep quality, relax and relieve neck, shoulder and back pain. For serious athletes, a deeper needling focused on specific trigger points can release chronic muscle tension and help speed workout recovery.