The word acupuncture can cause many different emotions to people. For those who are afraid of needles, the word acupuncture can be terrifying. For those who don’t have a problem with needles but have never tried acupuncture, the word could leave them wondering as to how it works. However, for those who swear by it, the word acupuncture brings them relief.

So what is acupuncture?

Originating in ancient China, acupuncture and Oriental medicine (OM) is a form of holistic medicine that uses needles, cupping, bodywork, and herbal supplements to treat a variety of issues. There are also many different school of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, each focusing on different theories of treatment. The two notable ones are the Yin Yang Theory, and the Five Phase Theory (AKA Five Element Theory).

The Yin Yang theory is based on the dualistic philosophy of the Tai Ji. Just like the Yin cant exist with out the Yang, so too does the Yang need the Yin. Yang is hot, Yin cold. Yang is excess Yin is deficient. The Five Phase theory states that there are 5 phases (or elements) and each of the 12 Organ’s correspond to an element (When the word organ is used in OM, we do not mean the physical organ but the energy or Qi of the organ which runs along a specific pathway called Channels or Meridians). Fire burns and the ashes nourish the earth. Earth becomes condensed and make metal. Metal are the minerals that nourish the water. Water gives life to wood, and wood feeds the fire. However, water can put out the fire. Fire can melt metal. Metal can cut wood. Wood grows through earth, and earth can dam water.

Here is a list of some of the aliments that
acupuncture can help with:

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Common cold/Flu
  • Digestive problems
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia/Polycythemia
  • Issues with fertility
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Partial Paralysis
  • Neurological Issues
  • Sciatica
  • Asthma and other Respiratory Diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Emotional Irregularities
  • Menstrual and Hormonal Disorders
  • Strain/Sprain
  • Gout
  • Weak immune system

Six Differences between

Chinese/Japanese Acupuncture

  • • Size of needle – Japanese needles are as thin as a hair follicle
  • • Method of insertion – Japanese needles use plastic tube that increase accuracy and lowers pain
  • • Depth of needle insertion – In Japanese acupuncture, the needles penetrate the skin but do not pierce muscle
  • • Use of herbs – Japanese acupuncture does not normally use any form of herbs in conjunction with acupuncture, but refer to Kampo (Japanese Herb) specialist practitioners whose qualifications include a degree in herbal pharmacy
  • • Reliance on touch – Japanese acupuncture relies on the pulse, palpation of the abdomen and every point before any needle is inserted
  • • Use of moxa – Moxibustion involves warming the acupuncture points by burning moxa, derived from the mugwort plant, above the skin before the needles are inserted

Acupuncture in Manhattan

At New York Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to providing quality acupuncture in NYC. If you are looking for an acupuncturist to help you improve your quality of life, we are here to help. Our professionals are highly skilled in assessing your needs and setting up an ideal treatment plan for you. We combine acupuncture with supplemental herbs when necessary.

Our Unique Approach

While many physical therapy clinics focus only on the physical aspects of an injury or condition, we have a broader focus that includes both mind and body. We believe a more holistic approach is the best way to heal and achieve your fullest potential. Our qualified acupuncturists work with all of our other specialists to develop the ideal treatment regimen for you. It may include other physical therapy exercises and activities depending on your needs.

Our passion for alternative health options comes from research and knowledge. Treatment methods used by acupuncturists derive from ancient theories of harmony, and the purpose is to restore balance to your entire body. Restoration often includes the elimination of pain or regaining proper movement. Our acupuncture clinic consists of accomplished physicians who are dedicated to teamwork and helping patients achieve optimal health.

Schedule Your Appointment Now For Acupuncture In NYC

We treat a wide variety of injuries and conditions related to sports, accidents, illnesses and aging. Our practice employs functional neuromuscular and conventional orthopedic tools as well as new methods, advanced technology and alternative options to yield healing, pain relief and future injury prevention. To make an appointment, please call us today at

Professional associations and memberships

Dr. Kalika is currently a certified member of:


American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine


Active member of ISMST

International Society of Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy


Active member of GCMAS

Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society


Active member of NASS

North American Spine Society


Active member of IADMS

International Association of Dance Medicine and Science


Active member of Virtual Rehabilitation Society


Active member of ASRA

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine


American Academy

Association of Orthopedic Medicine


Active member of Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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