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Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is a complex and often misunderstood medical condition. In this material, we will briefly touch upon some key aspects of fibromyalgia, such as its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic and debilitating medical condition characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and heightened sensitivity to touch. It often coexists with other symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties, collectively referred to as “fibro fog.” This condition predominantly affects women and can significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life. Managing fibromyalgia typically requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes medication, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and symptom-specific interventions.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is characterized by a constellation of symptoms that can vary in intensity among individuals. Fibromyalgia symptoms often overlap with other medical conditions, making its diagnosis challenging. Here are some common signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia:

  1. Widespread Pain. Chronic and widespread fibromyalgia pain affects multiple areas of the body, including muscles, joints, and soft tissues.
  2. Fatigue. Profound and persistent fatigue is a hallmark symptom, often accompanied by sleep disturbances like insomnia or non-restorative sleep.
  3. Tender Points. Specific points on the body known as tender points are sensitive to pressure and can be painful when touched.
  4. Cognitive Issues. “Fibro fog” includes cognitive difficulties such as memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and mental confusion.
  5. Headaches. Frequent and often severe fibromyalgia headaches, including tension-type and migraines.
  6. Stiffness. Morning stiffness or stiffness after prolonged periods of rest is common.
  7. Digestive Problems. Some individuals experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other gastrointestinal issues.
  8. Mood Disturbances. Anxiety and depression are often associated with fibromyalgia.
  9. Sensory Sensitivities. Heightened sensitivity to noise, light, and temperature changes.
  10. Numbness and Tingling. Paresthesia or a pins-and-needles sensation in extremities.

These fibromyalgia symptoms can vary in severity and may come and go over time. A proper fibromyalgia diagnosis involves evaluating the presence of these signs and symptoms, often in combination with other diagnostic criteria, to develop an effective management plan.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The exact fibromyalgia causes remain elusive, and it is considered a complex condition with likely multiple contributing factors. While the specific cause is not yet fully understood, several factors have been associated with the development of fibromyalgia:

  1. Genetic Predisposition. Family history plays a role, with a higher risk among individuals with relatives affected by fibromyalgia.
  2. Abnormal Pain Processing. Dysregulation in the central nervous system’s processing of pain signals may lead to heightened sensitivity to pain and the perception of pain in the absence of obvious triggers.
  3. Neurochemical Imbalances. Alterations in neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine can influence pain perception and mood, contributing to fibromyalgia.
  4. Hormonal Factors. Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly in women, may be linked to the development or exacerbation of fibromyalgia symptoms.
  5. Physical Trauma or Infections. Some cases of fibromyalgia appear to be triggered by physical trauma, surgery, infections, or other illnesses.
  6. Stress and Psychological Factors. Chronic stress, anxiety, and trauma may increase the risk of developing fibromyalgia or exacerbate its symptoms.
  7. Autoimmune Disorders. Fibromyalgia can co-occur with autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, suggesting potential immune system involvement.

It’s important to note that fibromyalgia is a complex interplay of these factors, and the exact fibromyalgia cause may vary from person to person. Researchers continue to investigate and gain insights into the condition to improve fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment.

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

How Successful is Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia?

How Successful is Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia?

Acupuncture for fibromyalgia pain is a complementary treatment option that is beneficial in managing fibromyalgia pain and associated symptoms. But does acupuncture help fibromyalgia? Here are some considerations regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture for fibromyalgia:


  1. Pain Relief. Acupuncture may offer fibromyalgia pain relief for some individuals by stimulating specific fibromyalgia acupuncture points. The release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, can help alleviate discomfort.
  2. Improved Sleep. Many fibromyalgia patients struggle with sleep disturbances. Acupuncture may promote better sleep patterns, contributing to overall well-being.
  3. Stress Reduction. Acupuncture sessions often promote relaxation and reduce stress, which can exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms.
  4. Individual Response. The effectiveness of fibromyalgia acupuncture can vary based on an individual’s unique physiology and the severity of their condition.
  5. Complementary Approach. Acupuncture is often most successful when used in conjunction with other fibromyalgia treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

While acupuncture for fibromyalgia can provide relief and improve the quality of life for some, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional and a licensed acupuncturist to develop a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan for managing fibromyalgia symptoms effectively.

Fibromyalgia Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture

At Pulse Acupuncture, we understand the challenges of treating fibromyalgia and offer specialized acupuncture services tailored to provide fibromyalgia relief. Our experienced practitioner is well-versed in the use of acupuncture for fibromyalgia, focusing on specific acupuncture points for fibromyalgia pain to alleviate discomfort and enhance overall well-being.

We recognize that fibromyalgia can manifest differently in each individual, which is why we provide personalized treatment plans to address unique needs. Acupuncture and fibromyalgia often go hand in hand, with many patients experiencing improved pain management, enhanced sleep quality, and reduced stress levels.

Our acupuncture clinic is committed to providing a supportive and holistic environment for treating fibromyalgia. While acupuncture for fibromyalgia is not a standalone cure, it can be a vital component of a multidisciplinary approach that may include medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. If you are seeking effective methods for treating fibromyalgia, Pulse Acupuncture is here to support your journey toward relief and improved quality of life. You may also want to look at other treatment plans we offer, such as chronic pain relief or acupuncture for acid flux treatment.

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

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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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.
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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
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Super pleased with my first appointment. Marina is very kind, knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend.
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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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Fibromyalgia Acupuncture - FAQ

The number of sessions can vary widely based on the individual’s response to treatment and the severity of their symptoms. Some patients might notice improvement after just a few sessions, while others may benefit from regular treatments over several weeks or months. Regular follow-up sessions might also be recommended for maintenance.

When performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is generally safe. Common side effects include mild soreness or bruising at the needle sites. Less commonly, there can be risks like infections or injury, but with proper technique and sterile equipment, these are rare.

Absolutely. Many patients use acupuncture as a complementary therapy alongside other treatments such as medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. It’s essential to inform all of your healthcare providers about all the treatments you’re using to ensure they work harmoniously together.

Yes, many patients seek acupuncture to help manage not only pain but also the fatigue, sleep disturbances, and other associated symptoms of fibromyalgia. Acupuncture can promote relaxation, improve sleep patterns, and boost overall energy levels, addressing multiple facets of the disorder.

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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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