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Orthopedic Acupuncture Therapy on Long Island, NY

Orlin & Cohen combines traditional acupuncture techniques with our comprehensive orthopedic expertise to help patients get back to living their life and the activities they enjoy, free from pain. 

Led by one of the few board-certified, licensed physiatrists practicing acupuncture on Long Island, Dr. Barry Rubin brings over a decade of experience and a holistic approach to every patient. Focusing on the orthopedic benefits of acupuncture, Dr. Rubin evaluates each patient before designing customized treatment plans to improve blood flow to the injured area for faster healing.

In addition to traditional acupuncture techniques like dry needling, Dr. Rubin also offers electroacupuncture—a modern variation that combines electric stimulation and acupuncture—which  can offer faster activation of acupuncture pressure points and shorter treatments.  

Acupuncture Uses & Treatments

Both minimally invasive and highly versatile, orthopedic acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system—releasing endorphins to relieve pain, restore energy, and improve function for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Sciatica

Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture is safe, relatively painless, and has very few side effects. When used in conjunction with physical therapy, it can be used as an alternative to pain medications and steroid treatments—reducing the need for drugs and improving quality of life.

Acupuncture FAQs

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice where thin needles are placed at specific points throughout the body. This age-old healing treatment is primarily used to relieve pain and restore wellness. As scientific studies begin to support the efficacy of acupuncture, modern medical practitioners have begun adapting the practice for use in other capacities to treat digestive, respiratory, neurological, and orthopedic conditions.

How does acupuncture work?

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a technique to balance the flow of energy—also known as chi or qi—throughout the pathways of your body. It’s believed that by inserting very thin needles at strategic points along your body’s pathways or meridians, practitioners can balance your energy flow for improvements to your overall health.

Today, modern medicine and science view these acupuncture points as sites to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue—offering many benefits in orthopedic applications and overall wellness. The biochemicals released from acupuncture trigger a response from the body’s pain receptors to promote natural healing.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Since acupuncture needles are so thin, most people feel little or no pain when inserted. However, patients will typically experience a “chi sensation,” which is your body’s normal response to acupuncture stimulation. Sensations may include dull aching, tingling, and pressure. These feelings lessen over time, and generally, patients leave sessions feeling energized or relaxed depending on the reason for their treatment.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

As acupuncture becomes more available in America as a medical treatment, more health insurance plans are beginning to cover acupuncture services. Some insurance providers require a licensed doctor to perform your acupuncture treatment for services to be covered.

At Orlin & Cohen, our orthopedic acupuncture treatments are delivered by Dr. Barry Rubin, a board-certified physiatrist and certified acupuncturist licensed in New York State. Orlin & Cohen accepts most major health insurance plans.

Our network of offices throughout Long Island and Queens means a top orthopedic specialist is always close to you.