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Sports Medicine Acupuncture

Written by Christy Allen,

Sports Medicine Acupuncturist at Riser Physical Medicine in NYC

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, and disposable needles at strategic points in the body.

The National Institute of Health has reported acupuncture to be effective in treating various acute and chronic conditions. Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for treating musculoskeletal pain, depression, migraines, seasonal allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome. Acupuncture can also be effective for releasing trigger points, which can cause chronic muscle tension and joint pain.

How we incorporate Acupuncture at Riser Physical

Our role at Riser Physical Medicine is to reduce chronic muscle tension and joint pain, and acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments we use. We utilize trigger point release, electrical stimulation, and heat therapy to enhance results. We value sports medicine acupuncture as a targeted treatment that can almost instantly reduce muscle tension and pain. From our experience, we’ve found that acupuncture can release a trigger point or "knot" in a muscle faster than massage can.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Christy primarily uses acupuncture to treat muscle tension and joint pain in the neck, shoulders, back and hips. Acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions, including:



Acupuncture can also be used to treat:

  • Stress

  • Insomnia

  • Digestive issues

  • Reproductive issues such as infertility

What happens during an Acupuncture session


After a consultation with the patient and other practitioners, we agree on the primary focus/goal and treatment.


During the acupuncture session, the patient relaxes on a massage table while needles are gently inserted in targeted points around the body, including the area of focus, for optimum results.


Gentle electrical stimulation may be added to the needles to enhance treatment.


Patients then rest for a bit under a heat lamp until the needles are removed. Most patients find this very relaxing and may fall asleep.

How many sessions are required?

We can get results in one treatment, though it may take up to three sessions to see results.


Regular treatment, at least once a week, is recommended for best results.

Does acupuncture hurt?


The needles are hair thin and you may or may not feel them be inserted. Once the needles are inserted, they should feel comfortable, and if they don't feel comfortable then they are removed.


The intensity of treatments is built up gradually based on patient feedback and results. Most patients find it very relaxing once they know what to expect.


If you are concerned about getting needled, know that Christy used to be afraid of needles herself. After experiencing the benefits of acupuncture herself, Christy decided to shift the focus of her career from massage and yoga to acupuncture.

Equipment used during treatment


During your acupuncture treatment, we use sterile, disposable acupuncture needles.


We may also use:

Where can I learn more about Acupuncture?


If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture, we recommend reading the following two NIH webpages, and please call us to discuss any further questions:





Choose Riser Physical in NYC


At Riser, we’re committed to helping you achieve a healthier, happier, pain-free, and more active You.


Our team at Riser Physical specializes in treating musculoskeletal issues. At Riser, we will help you understand your condition and create a treatment plan that’s right for your needs.

Acupuncture is a perfect option for people looking for a non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment for their joint pain or muscle condition.

We have an amazing team of licensed and experienced physical therapists, chiropractors, pilates experts, and acupuncturists who can help you get started on improving your quality of life.

If you work with us, you can expect an integrative treatment that is not only evidence-based, but also personal. We give special attention to each and every one of our patients and try to make each session better than the last.

Book an appointment


We offer acupuncture at our Union Square and Hudson Yards locations in New York City.

If you’d like to get in touch with us for an appointment, you can call us at 646-661-2181, email us at, or click the button below to book an appointment.

About Christy Allen

Christy Allen

Acupuncturist at Riser Physical


Christy Allen is an Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Yoga Instructor. She studied massage and assisted anatomy at the Swedish Institute. She has studied yoga with Rodney Yee, Judith Lasater, and Brooke Myers. To expand her offerings, she graduated from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where she earned her Master of Science degree. Since 1998, she has combined Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Thai Massage with Reiki and Yoga, based on client needs. She has experience working with professional athletes, musicians, and performers, as well as pre/post-natal, injury rehab, MS, and cancer. In 2011 she became a research intern in the Psychosocial Oncology Program in Mind-Body applications at the Montefiore-Einstein Cancer Center. She has since gained valuable experience working in the Integrative Medicine Departments of NYU and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She has also volunteered offering yoga to clients affected by cancer at Gilda’s Club, massage for HIV/AIDS and hospice, and Therapy Dog work. She is grateful to be able to share the art of acupuncture and bodywork with her clients.

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