Acupuncture is a key component of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and is the insertion of thin needles into specific acupuncture points throughout the body. The practice of acupuncture began over 2,000 years ago in China, though many maintain its origin began much earlier. Acupuncture is commonly used for relief of pain in addition to treatment of a wide range of other conditions. It also benefits our body's homeostasis, the traditional balance and equilibrium of the body, assisting with the body's innate ability to promote its own healing.
Usually, acupuncture is a painless procedure, though occasionally patients may experience a slight pinching sensation upon needle insertion. Clean needle technique is practiced throughout every session. Each needle is surgical grade stainless steel which is sterilized in ethaline oxide gas and is immediately disposed of after each use (no needles are reused).
Acupuncture is commonly performed in conjunction with other medical treatment, in particular physical therapy, though it can be used as a stand along treatment. Treatments are individualized based upon your personal needs. A full evaluation and physical exam is performed in order to determine which acupuncture points should be used to facilitate maximal healing and benefit.
Research has demonstrated a wide range of positive effects through the use of acupuncture for treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. Some conditions treated through use of acupuncture include, but are not limited to: neck and back pain, arm and leg pain, vertigo, fatigue, high blood pressure, asthma, headaches/migraines, muscle spasms, arthritis, and joint pain.
To set up an appointment or to find out if acupuncture is right for you, please contact our office today!
Kyle Branday, MSPT, CAP
Kyle is a licensed Physical Therapist and a partner at Amity Physical Therapy and has recently become a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he earned his Masters degree in Physical Therapy. In addition, Kyle has also received certificate of completion as a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner from National University of Health Sciences. Kyle oversees our acupuncture division and enjoys treating patients with a wide range of orthopedic and neurological conditions.
Kyle has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic orthopedic and sports injuries, neurological rehabilitation, manual therapy, sports specific training, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and works with patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Kyle is an avid sports fan and works with our patients in our Sports Performance Programs.
Joel Paul, MSPT, CAP, CEAS
Joel is a licensed physical therapist and graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He is an active member of the APTA, as well as meeting the requirements to be a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. Joel has received his certificate of completion as a Certified Acupuncture Practitioner from National University of Health Sciences. Joel has extensive experience in manual techniques and developing multilevel back school programs. He has special interests in Parkinsonism, as well as a desire to establish strength and conditioning programs for local high school and college teams.