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Chronic Pain

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain is a complex and often debilitating condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. It can have a profound impact on one’s quality of life, but understanding its various aspects is the key to effective management.

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic Pain Acupuncture

Chronic pain is a persistent and often debilitating condition characterized by prolonged discomfort or suffering, lasting beyond the expected period of healing or illness. Unlike acute pain, which typically results from an injury or illness and resolves as the body heals, chronic pain can persist for weeks, months, or even years. It may result from various underlying causes, including injury, disease, nerve damage, or inflammation.

Chronic pain can affect any part of the body and manifest in numerous ways, such as aching, burning, stabbing, or throbbing sensations. It not only takes a physical toll but can also impact emotional and psychological well-being, leading to anxiety, depression, and decreased quality of life.

Effective management of chronic pain often requires a multidisciplinary approach, involving healthcare professionals, medications, physical therapy, psychological support, lifestyle modifications, and holistic approaches tailored to the individual’s specific needs and the underlying causes of their pain.

Where do People Have Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can affect people in various parts of the body, significantly impacting their daily lives and overall well-being. Here is a list of common areas where people often experience chronic pain:

  1. Chronic Back Pain. One of the most prevalent forms of chronic pain, it can affect the upper, middle, or lower back and may result from conditions like herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or muscle strains. Acupuncture for chronic back pain may be the help you are looking for.
  2. Chronic Neck Pain. Neck pain is another common complaint, often arising from issues such as cervical disc degeneration, poor posture, or muscle tension. 
  3. Chronic Joint Pain. This includes pain in the knees, hips, shoulders, and other joints and may be due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other degenerative joint conditions.
  4. Chronic Headaches. Conditions like migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches can lead to recurring and persistent head pain.
  5. Chronic Nerve Pain. Nerve-related conditions like sciatica or neuropathy can cause ongoing pain and discomfort.
  6. Chronic Pelvic Pain. Conditions affecting the pelvic region, such as endometriosis or interstitial cystitis, can result in persistent pelvic pain.
  7. Chronic Abdominal Pain. Gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can cause long-lasting abdominal pain.
  8. Chronic Muscle Pain. Conditions like fibromyalgia can lead to widespread muscle pain and tenderness.
  9. Chronic Facial Pain. Conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can result in persistent facial pain and jaw discomfort.

These are just a few examples of where chronic pain can occur, and its causes and symptoms can vary widely. Effective management often involves a personalized approach tailored to the underlying condition and the individual’s unique needs.

What Causes Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can have various underlying causes, and its symptoms can vary significantly from person to person. Understanding the root of chronic pain causes is essential for effective chronic pain relief. Here are some common factors contributing to chronic pain:

  1. Injury. A previous injury or trauma to a specific body part can lead to persistent pain, especially if not adequately treated or healed.
  2. Medical Conditions. Chronic pain can result from various medical conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, or nerve damage.
  3. Inflammation. Ongoing inflammation in tissues or joints can trigger chronic pain symptoms.
  4. Nerve Damage. Conditions like neuropathy or nerve compression can lead to persistent nerve-related pain.
  5. Muscle Tension. Chronic muscle tension, often due to stress or poor posture, can result in lasting discomfort.
  6. Psychological Factors. Emotional stress, depression, and anxiety can exacerbate or even cause chronic pain symptoms.
  7. Autoimmune Disorders. Conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis involve the immune system attacking the body’s tissues, leading to chronic pain.
  8. Surgery. In some cases, surgical procedures can lead to chronic pain, known as post-surgical pain.

Understanding the specific chronic pain causes is essential for developing an effective pain management plan tailored to the individual’s needs and circumstances. Chronic pain relief often involves a multidisciplinary approach, combining medical, physical, and psychological interventions.

If you are worried about a chronic pain, make an appointment with us!

Does Acupuncture Work for Chronic Pain?

Does Acupuncture Work for Chronic Pain?

Acupuncture for chronic pain management has gained recognition as a complementary therapy to alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being. While individual responses vary, many people find relief through chronic pain acupuncture. How does acupuncture work to relieve pain? Here’s how it may work:

  1. Pain Relief. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, stimulating nerves and triggering the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. This can provide relief for chronic pain symptoms.
  2. Inflammation Reduction. Acupuncture for pain management may help reduce inflammation in affected areas, which is often a contributing factor in chronic pain conditions.
  3. Improved Blood Flow. By enhancing blood circulation to the affected areas, acupuncture can promote healing and alleviate discomfort.
  4. Muscle Relaxation. Chronic pain, especially in the back and neck, can involve muscle tension. Acupuncture can help relax tensed muscles, reducing pain.
  5. Stress Reduction. Stress exacerbates chronic pain, and acupuncture sessions can promote relaxation and reduce stress levels, improving overall pain management.

While acupuncture for chronic pain can be an effective complementary therapy, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional as well as with a licensed acupuncture practitioner to develop a comprehensive chronic pain treatment plan tailored to individual needs and get all the acupuncture benefits for pain management. For some individuals, it may be a valuable component of a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain management.

Relieve Chronic Pain With Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture

At Pulse Acupuncture, we specialize in providing natural chronic pain relief. Our experienced practitioner is committed to treating chronic pain, leading the way to chronic pain recovery. Acupuncture for fibromyalgia and various other chronic pain conditions is a cornerstone of our comprehensive approach.

Our treatments for chronic pain are designed to target the root causes, offering not only relief but also long-term benefits. Acupuncture for pain is a proven therapy, promoting relaxation, reducing inflammation, and improving overall well-being.

We understand that chronic pain can significantly impact your daily life, and we strive to provide effective solutions that go beyond traditional approaches. Our acupuncture center offers a supportive and holistic environment where your unique needs are addressed, helping you on the path to natural chronic pain relief and improved quality of life.

If you’re seeking treatments for chronic pain, Pulse Acupuncture is here to support your journey toward lasting relief and recovery.

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Marina Doktorman, M.S., L.Ac., is an experienced acupuncturist who obtained her Masters of Acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City in 2001. During her studies, she focused on Chinese Herbology, a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that utilizes herbs to complement acupuncture treatments. Marina is licensed in both New York (NY) and New Jersey (NJ) and holds a Diplomate of Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), indicating her expertise in the field.

Why Pulse Acupuncture?


Marina Doktorman, L.Ac. has over 20 years of clinical experience.


At Pulse Acupuncture, we aim to cultivate a spa-like environment. 


All of our needles are of the highest quality for painless insertion. 

Patient Reviews in Brooklyn

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23:22 05 Oct 23
Elena SolntsevaElena Solntseva
21:26 05 Oct 23
To understand what I'm talking about, you have to try it for yourself.After 10 minutes of the procedure, you get into a different reality. Marina is knowledgeable, answers all the questions. After the procedure, the skin of the face glows, the body becomes lighter by a couple of pounds. I've been looking for such a procedure and state of mind for a long time.
02:39 23 Sep 23
Pulse Acupuncture is exactly what I’ve been looking for to treat my migraines! Marina is knowledgeable, professional, asks probing questions and does fire cupping! She also has a very serene and clean office that makes me feel so relaxed and I never feel rushed during my sessions. Marina is truly incredible - her treatments help me mitigate migraines and I highly recommend her for any acupuncture/holistic health needs!! (I’ve tried other practitioners in the area and none have compared to Marina’s experience and professionalism.)
Irina KozinaIrina Kozina
13:59 10 Sep 23
I used acupuncture for low back and SI joint pain. I have a chronic condition. After the 1st treatment pain reduced by 75%. I am very happy with the results. I'm coming back. Thank you!
Michael SchimleyMichael Schimley
16:26 23 Aug 23
I found Marina while I was experiencing horrible lower back pain and her treatments got me back to my normal self quickly. Her office is beautiful, clean and welcoming. I will be going back regularly for routine maintenance and stress relief.
Sophia FSophia F
08:41 03 Aug 23
Very happy that my friend recommended Pulse Acupuncture Williamsburg Brooklyn to me! Marina Doktorman is such a professional acupuncturist! It was my first time trying acupuncture and I fell in love with it, I felt younger and lighter after my acupuncture session! I recommend to everyone!!!
Helen ShinHelen Shin
21:24 01 Aug 23
Marina healed me with the best acupuncture in Williamsburg. My shoulders and traps was intensely in pain to the point it gave me a headache but Pulse Acupuncture relieved my pain. Marina's technique is so effective and relaxing. The space is also beautiful and luxurious and you can also get a massage with Maria who's also AMAZING. I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture in Williamsburg 🙂
Ellen LeybengrubEllen Leybengrub
02:24 28 Jul 23
Marina Doktorman is very knowledgeable, skilled, and caring, with many years of experience. Excellent location. Beautiful brand new office.
Felix LanFelix Lan
21:48 25 Jul 23
Super pleased with my first appointment. Marina is very kind, knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend.
Amanda PagulAmanda Pagul
23:30 17 Jul 23
Evgenia VlasovaEvgenia Vlasova
23:32 29 Jun 23
When I first came to Marina, I felt constant pressure in my lower back, tension in my upper back and lack of energy. During the first session I could literally feel something shifting inside in those areas she was working on. Her touch was so gentle that I didn’t even feel the needles go in. The time stopped, I was relaxed, calm and peaceful. Besides acupuncture I had some cupping done as well. The cups relieved a great deal of pressure from my upper and lower back. After the session I immediately felt the effect. Have my next session scheduled for next week. I would definitely recommend Marina to those seeking holistic ways to deal with muscle, spine, and pain issues. She is a miracle worker!
Taisiya PokrovskayaTaisiya Pokrovskaya
21:00 13 Jun 23
I felt relief after the first session with Marina Doktorman. Marina is a caring practitioner that establishes a connection with her clients and always ensures a comfortable environment. After doing acupuncture, heat therapy, and cupping with her, I felt instant relief and relaxation. In addition, Marina’s treatment helped me feel relief from neck and back pain, as well as to feel grounded and connected to my body. I would highly recommend Marina to anyone.
Alex livsonAlex livson
18:49 06 Jun 23
Excellent service, very knowledgeable and professional. They helped me a lot. Strongly recommend. Went to other offices, but this one is truly the best!
maya grablermaya grabler
23:28 04 Jun 23
I’m getting acupuncture for allergies and impressed by the results! I’m no longer congested, no teary eyes. It’s just incredible! Im used to getting allergy shots before. No more. It’s unbelievable! The treatment is relaxing and very effective! My headaches are gone too! I really recommend Marina Doktorman at Pulse Acupuncture!
Leon RavLeon Rav
16:25 15 Apr 23
I’ve had great acupuncture experience at Pulse Acupuncture. Marina was able to fix my neck strain in just one treatment. It was not painful and actually very relaxing. Cupping and massage followed after acupuncture session. This was the most relief I’ve had in a long time. Loved the healing vibe of this beautiful studio.
The -W-omenThe -W-omen
01:06 07 Apr 23
I recently visited Pulse Acupuncture to seek relief for my lower back pain, and I am thrilled with the results I achieved through Marina's skillful treatment. After just a few sessions, I noticed a significant improvement in my pain levels and overall mobility.I am beyond grateful to Marina, because after trying so many things, I almost lost hope. highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone seeking relief from pain or other health concerns.
Mark PlesserMark Plesser
00:58 07 Apr 23
I have been visiting Pulse Acupuncture for several months now, and I have consistently received excellent service from Marina. Her expertise in acupuncture and holistic healing is unmatched, and she always takes the time to listen to my concerns and provide personalized recommendations.The acupuncture sessions themselves are incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. Marina's gentle touch and precise needle placement always leave me feeling calm and rejuvenated. She also incorporates other techniques, such as cupping, which have been very beneficial for my overall health and wellbeing.In addition to her skill as an acupuncturist, Marina is also a wonderful person to work with. She is warm, friendly, and genuinely cares about her clients' wellbeing. I always leave our sessions feeling refreshed and uplifted, both physically and mentally.Overall, I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone looking for high-quality acupuncture and personalized care. Thank you, Marina, for your exceptional service and dedication to helping others achieve optimal health!
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18:35 27 Mar 23

Chronic Pain Acupuncture - FAQ

The number of sessions required can vary based on the nature and severity of the pain, as well as the individual’s response to treatment. Some people may experience significant relief after just a few sessions, while others might benefit from regular treatments over several weeks or months. A treatment plan should be customized for each individual.

When performed by trained and licensed practitioners, acupuncture is generally safe. Some common side effects include mild soreness, bruising, or bleeding at the needle insertion sites. Rare side effects can include infections or injury, but these are uncommon when treatment is provided by a competent practitioner.

Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy, but it should be used in conjunction with conventional treatments, not as a replacement, unless advised by a healthcare professional. For some individuals, acupuncture can reduce the need for pain medications, but it’s crucial to consult with a physician before making any changes to prescribed treatments.

While some individuals may experience temporary relief, others report long-lasting benefits. The duration of relief can vary depending on the type and cause of pain, the individual’s overall health, and other factors. Regular treatments and maintenance sessions can extend the pain-relief effects for some patients.

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Acupuncture therapy at Pulse Acupuncture Practice, at Clifton, NJ and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC offers unique combination of various cupuncture types for healing on all levels: emotional, spiritual and physical by integrating ancient wisdom of energy healing with modern acupuncture techniques. 

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