Pain Relief

Pain is one of the most common reasons that patients seek out acupuncture treatment.  Whether it’s from lack of movement, over movement, injury, illness or accident, acupuncture can help to relieve pain in the body.


With the insertion of very fine and sterile needles, endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing feel good chemicals are released.  In addition, acupuncture can cause other multiple biological responses in the body.  Responses can happen locally or distally, leading to activation of pathways among neurons and structures within the central nervous system, affecting physiological systems in the body.  There is evidence to support that opioid peptides release during acupuncture, which provide analgesic effects.  Acupuncture can also stimulate the glands, providing many systemic effects.  The regulation of blood flow stimulated by the needles can help with pain symptoms.  Also, immune system functions can be stimulated by acupuncture.


Trigger point acupuncture also helps release muscles at the trigger point site to bring fresh blood to the area.

Although pain is one of the most common reasons why a patient may seek acupuncture treatment, many are pleasantly surprised to learn that other health concerns can be addressed in the treatments as well, such as digestive issues, circulation, sleep issues, men’s and women’s health, overall wellness, etc. Acupuncture can treat many ailments; it is a whole body treatment while always focusing firstly on your main complaint.  If you have questions about what else we can treat, please contact us.

How often should I get treatments?

The number of treatments depends on the individual’s specific pain issue and whether it’s acute or chronic.  With the broad range of pain issues and causes, the number of treatments is best evaluated during the first diagnosis and treatment.


If the issue is best treated by a different kind of specialist, this will also be recommended during the first treatment.

Results vary from person to person. Many patients feel some relief after one treatment.  Some may see results from the effects of acupuncture very quickly, while others may require a series of treatments.  Series packages are available.

Treatment may include additional modalities based on the pain issue: cupping, electrical stimulation, gua sha.  Certain exercises or stretches and/or dietary analysis may be recommended depending on your condition and goals.

Sandy Root, AP, L.Ac., MSTOM, a FL & NY State Licensed Acupuncturist, graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York with her Master’s in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2009.


Sandy had clinical experience practicing acupuncture at the Saint Vincent’s Hospital -HIV Clinic, the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases – Initiative for Women with Disabilities, NYU Medical Center, and Pacific College Acupuncture Clinic, and now her own practice in Miami Beach, FL.  She is also certified in Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.


Sandy loves to integrate the science, art, and wisdom of acupuncture into her practice.  With her personal study of spiritual & consciousness practices, Sandy has the ability to facilitate and create a space where her patients are driven to empower themselves through the medicine.  In the life-long learning this medicine allows, Sandy is excited to continually integrate new ideas into her practice, and generate a community where her patients can continue their path to self-awareness, in body and mind.

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