What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of holistic healing that originates from Chinese medicine, and is a treatment option at our practice at Moving Forward Physical Therapy. Acupuncture is a minimally invasive procedure, where thin needles are inserted at certain points on your body that are nerve-rich. These are called acupuncture points, which allow your nerves, connective tissues, and muscles to be stimulated. In return, this can stimulate the immune system, healing, circulation, and help with pain. 


Conditions treated with acupuncture

Acupuncture can help a large variety of different health conditions including:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Allergies
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Morning sickness
  • Hypertension
  • Menstrual Cramps 
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea 
  • Neck pain
  • Sprains 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • And more


Key benefits of acupuncture

  • Pain relief can be supplemented by acupuncture, providing additional relief when used with other forms of therapy such as medicine or massage therapy.
  • Reduce the need for pain medication by improving pain holistically. 
  • Improve quality of life for people suffering from chronic pain.
  • Has few side effects and is safe when done correctly.

Is acupuncture right for me?

Since acupuncture is done with very thin needles, it shouldn’t hurt. Most of the time people feel more relaxed or even more energized after acupuncture treatment. There is also a very low risk associated with acupuncture. When looking for an acupuncture provider, it is important to make sure you choose a skilled and educated practitioner to deliver safe and beneficial results.


Acupuncture at Moving Forward Physical Therapy

Paul Lee, MS, PT, L.Ac is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a published author on modalities and neuromuscular disorders . He served as the rehabilitation consultant for multiple specialty clinics in the greater New York area.  The Center Coordinator for Clinical Education for Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the physical therapy liaison to the orthopedic unit in the Continuum Health Partners in the past.  He is currently certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), a comprehensive assessment that classifies movement patterns used to treat orthopedic and sports conditions.  Paul is also certified in neurological rehabilitation techniques such as, Neuro -IFRAH and LSVT BIG which is an effective approach in recovery of strokes and treating patients with Parkinson’s Disease.     

Paul received his training in Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center and later became the director for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in a leading medical health system in New York.  He received his physical therapy degree from the University of Vermont and completed his Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He is licensed and registered in New York State as a physical therapist and an acupuncturist. He has treated over 15,000 patients with orthopedic or neurological conditions in his career.   Paul is certified in Dry Needling which is an effective modality to treat sports and musculoskeletal injuries.

Aside from his dedication to physical therapy and acupuncture, Paul was also an all state wrestler and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing.  He understands the importance of a proper and speedy recovery without forfeiting training during time of injury.    

If you are interested in acupuncture as a form of treatment for one of your conditions, together with our highly skilled team of physical therapists and acupuncture specialists, we can come up with a plan that’s right for you. Whether you want to take a holistic approach or want to supplement your existing treatment plan, Moving Forward Physical Therapy will work with you to help you improve your quality of life and get you to where you want to be with your health.

For inquiries, call or text the Moving Forward Company at (212) 606-4035.

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