What We Treat

The Eastern Medical Approach

Microneedling Facials & Hair Growth

Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), involves the insertion of very short fine needles into the skin for the purpose of rejuvenation using a microneedling pen. This creates micro-channels in the skin, stimulating the skin’s own repair response by producing collagen and elastin to heal the controlled injury that was just created, making the skin smoother and tighter. Due to the shallow depth, treatments are gentle and painless!

Microneedling treats and improves conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, skin texture, pore size, brown spots and pigment issues. It can also be performed on the scalp and eyebrows to promote hair growth.

We include body acupuncture with all microneedling sessions to treat the root cause of systemic issues that may show up on the face, including hormonal imbalance, stress and emotional factors, circulatory and digestive issues, swelling and inflammation.

Learn more about our microneedling services.

Musculoskeletal

We specialize in neurofunctional acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, essentially using our knowledge of nerves and muscles to neuromodulate the perception of pain in the Central Nervous System and incorporating the release of active trigger and motor points, also known as “dry needling.”

Therapeutic goals include decreasing nociceptive signaling to the brain in order to reduce pain, profusion of oxygen and blood to the affected site, improvement of motor function and range of motion, the reduction of inflammation, the promotion of tissue healing and the stimulation of cartilage production.

We also incorporate electrical stimulation (e-STIM) to accelerate the healing process.

Women's Health & Fertility

Commonly treated conditions include PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, menopause, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation and infertility.

Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate and balance the release of hormones, and can help to reduce pain and inflammation. When used for fertility, in addition to regulating hormones and stress, acupuncture and moxibustion may be used to increase blood flow and to warm and nourish the uterus in order to effectively change the environment to become more fertile. Studies have shown that acupuncture may improve the rate of pregnancy, and whether used in conjunction with IVF or natural methods, Eastern medicine can be a powerful tool for male OR female infertility.

Gastrointestinal

Eastern medicine believes all disorders are rooted in the digestive system, and similarly Western biomedicine also believes immunity lies in the gut. A healthy digestive system is often part of the focus for any treatment, regardless of complaint. The most telling sign? Your bowel movements!

Acupuncture may help with common conditions such as bloating, acid reflux, constipation and diarrhea, as well as the symptoms of more complex disorders such as Celiac and Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and GERD.

Emotional Health

Acupuncture has been shown in studies to regulate the Nervous System by inhibiting the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine, while stimulating the release of natural endorphins and “happy hormones“ including serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

In Eastern medicine, an imbalance of different organ meridian systems may produce corresponding emotional responses, and the balancing of those systems may be helpful for emotional disorders such as depression, irritability, frustration, grief, worry, fear, anger and anxiety. By allowing the free flow of Qi, emotions may also be released and allowed to flow unimpeded.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep deficiency is a common condition that is often overlooked but can lead to many changes internally. In addition to mental, physical and emotional fatigue, sleep deficiency has been shown to trigger inflammation in the body and increase the risk of heart disease and other health conditions.

Do you suffer from any of the following sleep conditions?

  • Racing thoughts or overthinking
  • Tossing & turning restlessly
  • Have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Vivid dreams or nightmares preventing quality sleep
  • Waking in the morning un-rested and fatigued

In Eastern medicine, the above symptoms indicate an imbalance of the organ meridians and can often be due to excess heat in the body. Studies show that acupuncture regulates the Nervous System and inhibits the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine, while stimulating the release of natural endorphins and “happy hormones“ including serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

By working to balance the meridian systems, drawing pathological heat from the body and regulating the Nervous System, our patients have reported the ability to relax and fall asleep quicker with improved quality sleep, leading to increased energy and overall emotional wellness.

Allergies

Allergies are a reaction by the immune system that can trigger a series of symptoms including nasal congestion, sneezing, hives and itchy, watery or red eyes. By balancing and strengthening weak organ meridians and channels, acupuncture may help to reduce inflammatory processes and provide immune support to not only alleviate the symptoms, but reduce or eliminate their occurrence.

For seasonal allergies, it may be beneficial to begin treatment in the months prior to the season in order to reduce or prevent occurrence of symptoms.

Migraines & Facial Conditions

Acupuncture may be useful for migraines as well as other facial conditions including post-stroke symptoms such as deviated eyes or mouth, drooping eyelids (ptosis), tinnitus, Bell’s Palsy, and TMJ.

Acupuncture is often used for post-stroke rehabilitation in hospital centers due to its ability to stimulate neurological response, and can be used to strengthen nerve function while targeting facial muscle motor points.

In the case of migraines, Eastern medicine can be an effective solution to correct meridian channel system imbalances in order to treat not only symptoms, but their root cause resulting in decreased frequency and intensity.

Scar Therapy

Have you experienced unexplainable symptoms or pain following a surgery? One of the most overlooked reasons may be due to scar tissue that can result internally, even from a seemingly minor laparoscopic procedure.

Scar tissue on the surface is often dismissed as unsightly but harmless, when in reality the scar tissue goes much deeper below the epidermis level of the skin to affect the structures below. New fibrous tissue is formed to repair the damage caused by surgical incisions, creating adhesions on surrounding tissues that may result in functional changes and the pulling, stretching or movement of organs, structures and bones.

Even decades after a surgery, scar tissue may continue to produce unexplainable symptoms. Examples include sharp, stabbing pain, pelvic misalignment resulting in hip, low back, knee and ankle pain, restricted movement, digestive issues, urinary and sexual or gynecological dysfunction.

The Solution:  Western surgical procedures to remove scar tissue are counter-productive as new scar tissue will form following surgery. Non-invasive Eastern medical techniques including the use of acupuncture, herbal liniments and other modalities can help to break up scar tissue, remove adhesions and restore the flow of oxygen and blood to the area.

Length of treatment varies depending on the size and age of the scar, as well as severity of symptoms.

The Power of Acupuncture

Learn what the experts say.

The American College of Physicians

Recommend acupuncture as a first line of defense for low back pain.

The CDC and Joint Commission

Recommend acupuncture for natural pain relief over opioid medications.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes over 90 conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to benefit from acupuncture.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Biliary colic
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cancer pain
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Competition stress syndrome
  • Craniocerebral injury
  • Depression
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Dysentery
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Earache
  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
  • Epigastralgia (peptic ulcer, gastritis)
  • Epistaxis
  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
  • Facial pain (craniomandibular disorders)
  • Facial spasm
  • Female infertility
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Headache
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Herpes zoster
  • Hyperlipaemia
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypo-ovarianism
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labor
  • Insomnia
  • Knee pain
  • Labor pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Male sexual dysfunction
  • Malposition of fetus
  • Ménière disease
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain due to endoscopic examination
  • Pain in dentistry (dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Postextubation in children
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Postoperative pain
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prostatitis, chronic
  • Pruritus
  • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Renal colic
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sciatica
  • Sialism, drug-induced
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Spine pain, acute
  • Sprain
  • Stiff neck
  • Stroke
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tietze syndrome
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Urolithiasis
  • Vascular dementia
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Chronic back pain affects many people, but there isn’t a one size fits all treatment available. Can getting acupuncture for back pain NYC clinics offer give someone the kind of relief they need?

A: Back pain is just one type of pain that acupuncture can help relieve. Anywhere on your spine can respond to treatment. Many people also respond to sessions of acupuncture for neck pain. New York residents can get help at Work In Progress acupuncture studio.

Q: Migraines affect a lot of people in different ways and sometimes drugs don’t really help. Does the acupuncture for pain relief NYC clinics like Work In Progress offer include relief for migraine headaches? 

A: Many people report migraine pain relief after acupuncture treatment, but results will vary based on the person. Many people swear by acupuncture for migraines. New York residents can call Work In Progress for help with their migraine headaches. 

Q: Recovery is a big topic among active people. There are so many ways to recover from sports and athletic activities. Does sports acupuncture NYC athletes use help them recover faster? 

A: Everyone’s recovery from physical activities and sports is going to be different. However, there is enough evidence and personal experience to suggest that acupuncture helps with recovery. Many of the top stars in sports retain their own acupuncturist for athletes.