What is Orthopedic Acupuncture?

All acupuncturists treat pain, but only a few practice Orthopedic Acupuncture. Kari Napoli, our Orthopedic Acupuncture Specialist, has dedicated her professional life to deeply understanding structural pain and how to alleviate it.

Orthopedic acupuncture is a safe and non-invasive treatment option that can be used in conjunction with other therapies such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, and massage. It is also a great option for individuals who may not be able to tolerate more invasive treatments such as cortisone injections or surgery.

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Orthopedic Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for sports and repetitive motion injuries like knee pain.

For the treatment of:

  • Sport Injuries
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Pre and Post Care for Orthopedic Surgeries

Orthopedic acupuncture is a specialized form of acupuncture that focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. It is a holistic approach that combines traditional acupuncture techniques with modern medical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology. The goal of orthopedic acupuncture is to reduce pain, improve mobility, and promote healing by stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms.

One of the main benefits of orthopedic acupuncture is that it can provide effective pain relief without the need for drugs or surgery. It can be particularly useful for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, and back pain. It can also be used to treat acute injuries such as sprains, strains, and fractures.

Treatments typically include posture assessment, strength testing, dry needling, as well as traditional acupuncture points, and as appropriate: microcurrent, cupping, gua sha, and myofascial techniques or hands-on modalities. If you are not concurrently under the care of a physical therapist, exercises will be assigned by your orthopedic acupuncturist.

Progress is assessed through the patient's comfort and abilities, but also through improved strength, coordination, and range of motion or flexibility.

Your orthopedic acupuncturist also strives to improve the key gateways to healing: sleep and mood. The patient's emotional well being as well as ability to rest is continually examined because Chinese Medicine treats the whole person.

From Kari Napoli, L.Ac.

“We too are part of Nature, therefore constantly changing, so we are always looking at Nature from a different viewpoint. We are a little piece of continual change looking at an infinite quantity of continual change. Small wonder that it gets quite exciting.”

~B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

I love orthopedics because I love puzzles. Chinese Medicine has always recognized that pain, especially chronic pain, is something far more complex than the pain or injury itself. When one is having no luck reducing back pain by treating the back, time to look for the source of the pain elsewhere in the body. Modern medicine is finally subscribing to this way of thinking and integrative medicine is the future of medicine: the wisdom of the past is meeting the power of today’s technology. I would describe myself as an integrative acupuncturist who practices Orthopedic Acupuncture in combination with Dry Needling, Neuro (or scalp) acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Korean SA AM. I am highly supportive and encouraging of concurrent therapies. My responsibility is to you, the patient. Sometimes that means connecting you with a different (specifically, the right) intervention; I recognize this as part of my job, too.

Change is necessary to transform pain and though change is inevitable, we are able to resist it. I do believe we must step away from our comfort zones to change. I will not rush you, I will tell you that it is okay to feel frustrated and when things "stink", I will commiserate that they do, in fact, "stink". But I have watched so many lives and pain patterns change, including my own, I do not lose hope and I do not quit.

You can feel better. “Better” is different for everyone. Better happens when you are ready. Take your time.

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You can feel better. “Better” is different for everyone. Better happens when you are ready. Take your time.

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