Pulse Acupuncture

Pulse Acupuncture

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture in Brooklyn, NYC

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?

orthopedic and sports acupuncture
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 Brooklyn, NY

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.
TDP lamps

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.
Myofascial Massage Techniques

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.
Lungs in TCM theory

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.
Spleen in TCM theory
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.
Liver in TCM theory

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
Heart in TCM theory
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 Brooklyn, NY

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
The Benefits of Orthopedic Acupuncture

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Orthopedic Acupuncture in Brooklyn
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 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 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 New York?

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


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


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Cupping (without acupuncture)


Onnetsu Therapy (without acupuncture) 15 min:


Cosmetic Acupuncture:

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


Follow-Up visits:


Herbal Consultation:


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Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture Testimonials in Brooklyn

Kazue AnanKazue Anan
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!
Miha haMiha ha
18:35 27 Mar 23

Orthopedic & Sports Acupuncture in Brooklyn, NYC - 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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