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Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture Clifton

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ

Sports and Orthopedic Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture combines basic principles of TCM and sports medicine. It is an integrated perspective on injury and dysfunction, muscle imbalance and musculoskeletal injury.

What is Sports and Orthopedic Acupuncture?

Sports Acupuncture in Clifton
Sports Medicine Acupuncture includes creating specific treatment protocols, detailed acupuncture needling techniques, prescribing and performing rehabilitative exercises and a range of adjunctive therapeutic modalities such as heat therapy, cupping and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Healthy organs produce healthy primary substances which in turn create a strong musculoskeletal system. The list of what contributes to healthy primary substances includes exercises, a good diet, good genes, an ability to manage stress, satisfying work, a strong social-emotional support network and a balanced mental, emotional and spiritual life.

Features of Sports and Orthopedic Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ

When treating a recurring injury in sport acupuncture for athletes, palpation, muscle length tests, range of motion testing is applied to assess latent stagnation. This condition is characterized by fixed pain points located at and around the motor point, decreased range of motion, muscle imbalance, soft tissue adhesions and recurring injury.
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TDP lamps

A popular form of heat therapy is far-infrared (FI) wavelength energy lamps. Far infrared has been reported to penetrate up to .8 inches beneath the skin, with benefits such as enhanced white blood cell function, enhanced delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the soft tissue and improved lymph circulation. There are also reports of TDP therapy being effective in treating ailments such as chronic wounds, joint pain, arthritis, back pain injuries

Myofascial Massage Techniques

In Sports Medicine Acupuncture, various massage techniques are used such as tuina, active release, soft tissue release, myofascial release and others. These different techniques all involve the manipulation of myofascial tissues to help relieve tension, break up fascial adhesions, increase blood flow and help re-educate neuromuscular receptors.
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Importance of TCM theory and integration with Sports Medicine

The zang organs or the solid organs, are of particular importance to musculoskeletal health and injury rehabilitation not only because of their function or producing, transforming, regulating and storing the primary substances, but because of their associations with the various tissues of the body.
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Lungs in TCM theory

  • Rule Qi of the chest
  • Rule Qi and control respiration
  • Regulate Water Passages
  • Govern the skin
  • Circulate protective qi
Impact on Musculoskeletal Health:
Based on the anatomical location and their aspect of influence, the Lungs play a role in upper back and chest injuries including thoracic outlet syndrome and upper back syndrome which often present with a deficiency of Lung Qi.
Because of the Lungs dual roles of ruling the Qi of the chest and regulating water passages, deficient Lung Qi can lead to edema of the upper body, which can be observed in carpal tunnel syndrome. Lung qi deficiency leads to overall weakness of the body.

Spleen in TCM theory

  • Governs transformation and transportation of food into qi and blood
  • Directs of ascending movement of qi
  • Governs the blood
  • Keeps blood within its pathways
  • Rules the four limbs
  • Corresponds with the soft, fleshy part of muscle tissue
  • Impact of Musculoskeletal Health
When the Spleen creates abundant qi and blood, the patient is able to increase muscle strength and reduce rehabilitation time.
Orthopedic Acupuncture in Clifton
Recovery from injury may be prolonged when the Spleen is unable to create abundant qi and blood due to poor dietary or lifestyle choices.
The Spleen directs the ascending movement of qi. For this reason, Spleen function should be assessed in cases of foot over-pronation, which involves collapse of the medial arch of the foot. Another example is seen in upper crossed syndrome where the kyphotic curve of the thoracic spine is increased, which causes the middle portion of the body to collapse. Clinically, patients with upper crossed syndrome posture will often exhibit signs and symptoms of a Spleen qi pathology.
If the quality of muscle tone and its appearance are less than optimal or if a muscle strain is not healing well, the functioning of the Spleen should be assessed due to its association with muscle tissue.
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Liver in TCM theory

Traditional function is to store blood. It is responsible for the smooth flow and movement of qi and blood and the movement and coordination of the body in general.
Rules the sinews. In TCM, “sinews” not only refers to the tissues that biomedicine knows as tendons but also refers to the quality of ropiness that can be palpated in certain muscle tissue, e.g. the upper trapezius.
Impact on Musculoskeletal Health. Liver Qi moves upwards and outwards, which means that the Liver is responsible for getting qi and blood to the limbs and coordinating all movement and physical activity.
Physical activity requires the Liver Blood to provide moisture and nourishment to the body’s tissues in order to promote smooth movement and prevent injury.
If the Liver bolt fails to moisten sufficiently, tendinopathies, numbness of the limbs, paresthesia and difficulty in bending or stretching may occur. Although the classics never discuss a nervous system as such, we look to the Liver when a patient presents with spasms and contracture and view the Liver as the organ most typically associated with muscular nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis, hemiplegia from stroke, tremor, etc. Liver’s responsibility, like the nervous system’s function of motor control, to maintain the evenness and coordination of the body’s movements.

Heart and Pericardium in TCM theory

Traditional Functions:
  • Store the Jing
  • Govern growth, development and maturation
  • Regulate both the fire and water of the body
  • Dominate the spine and the residence of the low back
  • Rule the bones, joints and ligaments
  • Impact on Musculoskeletal health
Any injury to bones, such as fracture, requires assessment and likely treatment of the Kidneys. Many cases of low back pain can be treated to a deficiency of Kidney qi and/or to the decline of ming men fire
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A decline of the warming function of Kidney yang qi leads to a decrease in the circulation of protective qi, which contributes to the development of painful obstruction syndrome.
Joint pain requires assessment of the Kidneys because of their relationship to bone and their influence on the ligaments. The Kidneys govern body fluids, particularly “ye” fluids such as synovial fluids, which lubricate the joints and nourish the ligaments.
With the decline of Kidney energy, normal degenerative changes in the spine occur and predispose the aging athlete to injury.

The Benefits of Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ

List of orthopedic and sports acupuncture benefits:

  • Faster recovery from injury
  • Promotes bone and fracture healing
  • Resolves muscle spasms and muscle strains.
  • Prevent recurring injuries.
  • Treats cramps, strain and contusion
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves range of motion
  • Clears obstructions
  • Manages bruising and swelling
  • Regain flexibility
  • Aids in rehabilitation
Benefits of Orthopedic Acupuncture in Clifton

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture in Clifton NJ

Sport Acupuncture in Clifton
Pulse Acupuncture recommends treatment’s frequency at 2-3 times per week. As pain diminishes and the patient becomes stronger, the frequency of treatment can decrease to once per week and eventually decrease to once every 10 days. In general, acute injuries tend to heal quicker than chronic injuries. When treating recurring injuries, especially when they are related to an occupation or a sport-related activity, the patient may need to be treated on a periodic basis for maintenance. Healthy organs produce healthy primary substances which in turn create a strong musculoskeletal system. The list of what contributes to healthy primary substances includes exercises, a good diet, good genes, an ability to manage stress, satisfying work, a strong social-emotional support network and a balanced mental, emotional and spiritual life.

Acupuncture Sports medicine at Pulse Acupuncture in Clifton applies therapeutic modalities that are complementary to acupuncture for sports injury. Such modalities include, moxibustion, chinese herbal medicine, TDP lamps, cupping, electro-acupuncture, bleeding cupping, and gua-sha technique.
At the sports acupuncture center, Marina Doktorman will choose a specific treatment protocol, potentially including neuro-acupuncture Clifton and point prescription that satisfies the treatment principles and comprehensively addresses the patient and their injury. The information gleaned from the integrated TCM and sports medicine assessment provides many options for treatment and selecting the most effective acupuncture points. The points chosen are complementary and synergistic based on the principles of both TCM and sports medicine.

What conditions can you treat with Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ?

The World Health Organization currently lists a variety of diseases, symptoms of diseases, or conditions that benefit through treatment from acupuncture. These include:

Pain management

Digestive Symptoms

Women/Men Health

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • PCOS
  • UTIs
  • Frequent urination
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Erectile Dysfunction

Pregnancy Support

  • Miscarriage prevention
  • Nausea
  • Baby health


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma Healing
  • Insomnia



  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen Sclerosis
  • Herpes


  • Cancer support
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Detox
  • Tinnitus
  • Long Covid 19 symptoms
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About the Practitioner

Marina Doktorman was born in Ukraine and immigrated to United States at the age of 15. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY in 1997. Marina Doktorman, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac., is a nationally board certified acupuncturist since 2001 and licensed in NY and NJ states. She first worked in NYC in a multi-specialty clinic before establishing her private practice in 2005, in Clifton, NJ.

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Prices for Clifton

First visit: (includes evaluation, cupping, onnetsu therapy, massage):


Follow-up acupuncture visit (includes cupping, onnetsu therapy, massage)


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Package of 10 visits:



Package of 20 visits:





Cupping (without acupuncture)


Onnetsu Therapy (without acupuncture) 15 min:


Dome Fir-Light
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Cosmetic Acupuncture:

First visit: evaluation, acupuncture, serum, moisturizing
cream, gua-sha fascial massage, Celluma Red Light Therapy:


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Herbal Consultation:


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Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture Testimonials in Clifton

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Raymond MullerRaymond Muller
18:56 20 Aug 23
Marina/ Pulse Acupuncture has been a tremendous help before my spinal surgery - and after my surgery -Marina greatly assisted me during my painful days before my knee replacement surgery. Her care has been a huge boost to my quality of life. She is a dedicated and caring acupuncturist with amazing fondness for all her patients. Her care has made a tremendous difference within my entire quality of life .
Soloman McDermottSoloman McDermott
19:34 24 Jul 23
Dear Dr.Marina Doktorman,I hope this message finds you well! I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for the incredible impact your acupuncture sessions have had on my life. Your expertise and care have helped me find relief and healing in ways I never thought possible.When I first sought acupuncture, I was struggling with a combination of issues that affected my overall well-being. Chronic back pain was causing constant discomfort, and my restless nights were dominated by persistent night sweats. Additionally, I was battling frustrating skin issues that seemed to resist all other forms of treatment.From the very first session, I knew I was in good hands. Your thorough understanding of my concerns and willingness to explain the acupuncture process put me at ease. The ambiance of your clinic created a serene and comforting space, setting the tone for a transformative healing journey.What amazed me most was the efficacy of acupuncture in addressing my various health challenges. The impact on my sleep was nothing short of miraculous. After a few sessions, I began experiencing deep, uninterrupted sleep, waking up refreshed and energized—a change I had been longing for, but never found through other methods.Furthermore, the improvement in my skin condition was remarkable. Acupuncture seemed to trigger a healing response, and gradually, my skin issues started to fade away. I couldn't believe the visible transformation, and it did wonders for my self-confidence.As for the night sweats and back pain, they became less frequent and intense with each session. Your targeted approach and skillful needle placement directly addressed the root causes of my discomfort, providing much-needed relief and easing the burdens I had carried for far too long.I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am for the positive impact you've had on my life. Your dedication to helping your patients achieve better health and well-being is truly commendable. I wholeheartedly recommend your services to anyone seeking holistic and effective solutions to their health issues.Once again, thank you for your expertise, kindness, and genuine care. You have not only been my acupuncturist but also a catalyst for transformative change in my life. I am forever grateful for the healing journey we embarked on together.Thank you Dr. Marina Doktorman! Special shoutout to Olga for being so welcoming!
Vanessa PVanessa P
20:46 21 Jul 23
Marina is amazing! She truly understands what she’s doing and how to help. I had terrible back pain and sciatica when I was pregnant to the point that I wasn’t sleeping at night. She was able to provide me relief. I felt like a new person walking out of her office.
Jose CastroJose Castro
16:34 21 Jul 23
Today I try the new machine which make me feel into a deep sleep... it was so relaxing!! I felt like my inner soul was moving up and down while I felt rejuvenate.. I recommend this type of treatment if you feel tired, tense, stress, and/or low in energy. You need to experience yourselves 🫶🏻
james zhangjames zhang
00:43 19 Jul 23
Dr. Marina is so professional and gentle. My back pain got a lot better after treatments. It’s so relaxed and pleasure of visiting Pulse Acupuncture. Perfect experience:)
t lauriet laurie
10:38 18 Jul 23
Marina is an amazing acupuncturist she is very knowledgeable listens to your needs and provide excellent services. I always feel great after a treatment. Overall it is a clean, cozy and great place that offers top of the line services.
Teresa LaurieTeresa Laurie
10:03 18 Jul 23
Marina is an amazing acupuncturist she is very knowledgeable and provide excellent services. I always feel great after being treated. Overall it is a clean and comfortable place that offers great services.
E M (E)E M (E)
01:29 30 Jun 23
M.D., the acupuncturist is one of a kind! I’ve been to several people and she is outstanding. She’s kind, thorough, professional and never makes you feel hurried. Her technique is wonderful and effective. She talks to you & explains carefully what she is looking to achieve. She doesn’t mind going the extra mile to assist you with your issue. I also appreciate that she is always professionally developing her craft. She is constantly learning new methods & techniques that she studies, sometimes here, sometimes abroad. I highly recommend Marina Doctorman as a first class acupuncturist, plus!! E.M.
Sergiy GusakSergiy Gusak
11:15 25 Jun 23
Dr. Marina helps me with my neck pain, she is a very professional acupuncture specialist who will pay attention to all your health complaints. It was my first experience with acupuncture and i was a little skeptical from the beginning but now definitely can recommend it.
16:08 20 Jun 23
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Pulse Acupuncture, and I have to say, it was absolutely amazing! Marina, the acupuncturist, is simply fantastic at what she does. She has a great sense of intuition and really takes her time to provide the best treatment possible.Marina's skills in acupuncture are exceptional. She genuinely listens to your concerns and customizes the sessions to address your specific needs. Her gentle and precise technique ensures a comfortable experience, and the results are remarkable. I felt the positive effects almost instantly, and I have been regularly visiting to maintain my overall health.The team at Pulse Acupuncture are professional, friendly, and create a welcoming atmosphere. From the moment I stepped in, I was greeted with a warm smile and made to feel right at home. They are knowledgeable and always ready to answer any questions I have. The office itself is a peaceful and serene space, which adds to the overall relaxation and healing experience.I can't recommend Pulse Acupuncture enough. Marina's expertise, combined with the welcoming and caring staff, guarantees an outstanding experience. I am truly grateful for the positive impact Marina has had on my health, and I will continue to have regular sessions to maintain my well-being. Thank you, Pulse Acupuncture, for providing such exceptional service!
Cecilia McClendonCecilia McClendon
14:39 20 Jun 23
Marina, takes great care of my aches, shevoffers cupping and Accupuncture that provide me with tremendous relief. My only place for alternative medicine. Strongly suggest her practice. She is gentle, thorough and highly qualified. She checks everything and gets me in line. Keeping my Chakra perfect.
14:36 02 Jun 23
Dr. Marina is the best because she listens. She has helped me with my bell's palsy, my shoulder which has 3 tears in it, and my knees. I thank her every visit for keeping me upright. Lol.
Dolly CovarrubiasDolly Covarrubias
20:43 21 Apr 23
Great experience!Dr Marina makes me feel so relaxed and my pain is gone.My knees, my back thank her too.I can live with no meds
Alvaro CovarrubiasAlvaro Covarrubias
18:59 21 Apr 23
I've had gteat experience with Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture since I've been coming here with various problems such as anxiety, sciatica, neck, allergies and muscle aches and headaches. My health has improved after treatments greatly! It's helping with my allergies tremendously. I would like to recommend Pukse Acupuncture and Marina Doktorman to anybody because it works and it's natural.
Excel AlwaysExcel Always
14:54 19 Jan 23
This place is awesome! Such a relaxing experience. Marina addresses all my concerns and always makes me feel comfortable. The treatments I received here have solved several of my health issues in just a few sessions after years of OTC medication. I would definitely recommend Pulse for serious health concerns and even if you just want some stress relief or add a new beauty treatment to your regimen! A+ for Marina Doktorman.
Alyssa CohenAlyssa Cohen
01:09 17 Jan 23
Receiving treatments with Marina has been amazing! She is very attentive and intuitive - and the atmosphere is calm, inviting, and relaxing. I walk away from every visit feeling like I just left the spa even though it was more an investment into my health.
Gerri GucciardoGerri Gucciardo
14:54 13 Jan 23
I really enjoy my visits with Marina.The acupuncture has helped with my acid reflux. She also does the hot rocks and cupping that has helped me immensely.
Kevon WrightKevon Wright
01:06 11 Jan 23
Marina is amazing, she listens to the issues you tell her and she is able to apply proper treatment, i have been going there for several months and honestly since i have been going to her all of my issues has been resolved she is by far the best and would highly recommend everyone to her really nice staff and a clean and tranquil setting you will not be dissapointed.
05:20 03 Dec 20
I was a patient of Marina Doktorma for about two weeks (October/November 2020), receiving acupuncture treatments for lower back and knee pain. Marina is a true professional. Before beginning each treatment, she explained the treatment options and made sure that I was well informed and comfortable before beginning. She was very gentle as she administered the treatments, (I feel asleep a few times) communicating with me throughout the process. In addition to the premise being very clean, relaxing music made for a very calming experience. Without hesitation, I would return for future treatments if the pain returns. Kenny.
Haifa ZahroonHaifa Zahroon
01:24 10 Mar 20
I have been seeing Marina for more than 6 years, she is an amazing Acupuncturist. She study and give every case special attention.I have tried other acupuncturist before but no one measured to Marina.She got me through back and neck unbearable pain and forever I’m grateful.I do recommend everyone to go and see for themselves how amazing her techniques.

Orthopedic & Sports Acupuncture in Clifton, NJ - FAQ

Sports Acupuncture can address a wide range of sports-related and musculoskeletal issues, including muscle strains and sprains, joint pain, tendonitis, ligament injuries, and post-surgical recovery. Additionally, it can help optimize athletic performance by addressing muscle imbalances, improving flexibility, and enhancing overall physical fitness.
As with traditional acupuncture, side effects are generally minimal and short-lived. Some individuals may experience mild soreness, bruising, or temporary discomfort at the needle insertion sites. However, when performed by a qualified practitioner, Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture is considered a safe and effective treatment modality.
Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture are covered by all major insurance companies.

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