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Acupuncture Specialist

Stuart A. Rubin, MD, MPH

Physiatry, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Pain Management Physician located in Boynton Beach, FL

Acupuncture has been an effective pain relief treatment for centuries. Stuart A. Rubin, MD, MPH, a board-certified pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, offers acupuncture services at his practice in Boynton Beach, Florida, to relieve pain and other symptoms. Call Dr. Rubin's office today or make an appointment online to find out how acupuncture can restore your well-being.

Acupuncture Q&A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine practice. It involves inserting thin needles through your skin at specific points along your body. Traditionally, acupuncture balances your qi (your  life force) as it flows along the meridians of your body. 

Modern-day medical researchers don't fully understand how acupuncture works, although they think that the needles stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. The treatment could also boost the production of your endorphins — your natural painkillers. 

What conditions improve with acupuncture?

Dr. Rubin offers acupuncture as a complementary method of pain relief. It can help with such conditions as:

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica 
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Knee pain 
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuralgia
  • Tennis elbow

Dr. Rubin often combines acupuncture with other treatments to optimize your pain relief and recovery. 

What happens during an acupuncture treatment?

While having needles stuck into your skin doesn't sound like a pleasant treatment, acupuncture is typically relaxing and therapeutic. Dr. Rubin provides a thorough evaluation before recommending any treatment, including acupuncture. 

During your treatment, you recline on a comfortable treatment table. Dr. Rubin carefully inserts the needles at specific points in your body. The needles are very thin, and most patients don't feel them while Dr. Rubin inserts them. 

Depending on your needs, he might use five to 20 needles. Once the needles are in place, you could rest for 10-20 minutes, or Dr. Rubin might gently manipulate them. The treatment shouldn't be painful — if you have any pain, let Dr. Rubin know. 

You should feel relaxed after your treatment. You don't need to take time off to recover and can return to your regular activities immediately. 

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

Acupuncture provides many benefits. It's a drug-free method of pain relief, which creates an option for people who don't tolerate medication. It’s very safe when performed by an expert like Dr. Rubin. 

Acupuncture also combines well with other treatments and tames some types of pain. In some cases, it could reduce your reliance on medication or other pain management therapies.

If you're interested in acupuncture, call Dr. Rubin or book an appointment online today to find out if it's a suitable treatment for you.