Entries by Steve Hoffman

Wired & Tired, Acupuncture Can Help

​Wired and tired, what does that even mean! Do you wake up in the morning and need a cup or three of coffee to “wake up”? Do you get a slump in the middle of the day and need another pick me up? Do you get home feeling exhausted, push through making dinner and getting the kids homework done? Do you crawl in to bed, ready to go to sleep only to toss and turn, thoughts churning through your head, waking up in the middle of the night and watching the clock tick away. You finally fall asleep only to have the alarm jolt you awake five minutes later to start the cycle over again. This is wired and tired and if any of this sounds familiar, there is something you can do to break the cycle.

Acupuncture & Your Nervous System:

Many of us have our nervous systems stuck in overdrive. Too much caffeine, too much stress and too much stimulation is a recipe for having hormones and substance in our bodies that prevent us from getting enough quality sleep. This prevents our bodies from properly rebuilding, healing and getting us ready for the next day. At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we have treatment protocols that can “re-set” your body to engage the part of your nervous system that allows you to get deep, restful sleep. Listen, sleep is the only time your body is rebuilding and repairing the thousands of micro injuries that occur daily. This is the only time your immune system is being rebuilt from the tens of thousands of bacteria and viruses that attack our bodies daily. If your body can not repair and rebuild itself, you are setting yourself up for injuries, poor performance, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, low libido and a poorly performing immune system.

Take control of your life and your health today. Call for a free 30-minute consultation and we can discuss your unique situation and let you know what can be done to help you break the wired and tired cycle.

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Electro Acupuncture: Electrons & You

Did you know that your body heals faster and better in the presence of electrons? Did you know that the Ph of damaged tissue goes down, becoming acidic and positively charged? The damaged tissue will then attract electrons to balance out the Ph and heal. Did you know that the earth is negatively charged, and therefore practices such as “earthing” are so healthy? Here are some of the effects of grounding the body and introducing electrons:

  • Diffuses inflammation
  • Reduces or eliminates chronic pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers stress
  • Thins blood
  • Speeds healing
  • Accelerates recovery from activity

Finally, did you know that your acupuncturist can introduce electrons into your body with the use of small e-stim devices. Well you do now! Even better, we can target areas as small as scars that may be causing problems or an injury to a specific part of the body. Additionally, we can introduce these same electrons more globally to affect the entire body. This gives us tremendous flexibility to deal with specific problems and at the same time deal with more global inflammatory or immune issues that patients are having.

An added benefit to our patients is that these treatments can be completed faster, getting you in and out of the office. In fact, studies have shown that the benefits of electro acupuncture start to decrease after about 25 minutes. Better outcomes? Faster treatments? Where do I sign up! Right here! You can book an appointment or a free 30-minute consultation right from our website. Don’t wait, healing is just a click or a call away!

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

CBD Oil for Pain Relief

“This is a game changer! I slept through the night for the first time in years without waking up in pain” This is what one of our patients said after having an acupuncture treatment and using CBD Clinic’s Level 5 Pro Sport Cream. I like to think that the acupuncture had something to do with the pain relief (and I know from experience that it did) but I also know that after only one treatment, the pain will come back in a few days. By using the CBD oil cream, instead of 2-3 days of relief, patients are getting 4-5 days of relief. There are several positive effects from this.

Time, Money & Sleep!

Traditionally, acupuncture treatments were administered daily until the patient was better. This is not always feasible from both an economic and time standpoint. Typically, we see patients 2-3 times a week, at least initially. So, there is time between treatments where the effects of the treatment will degrade. By using the CBD cream, patients are not back at square one when they come back in for another treatment. Patients also heal better because they are sleeping better (this is the only time your body is really healing and repairing damage). Patients also spend less time and money in my office. This is great for our patients and while some might say that it is bad for business, like I tell all my patients, if I could get you better in one treatment I would, imagine the line I would have at my door!

While the CBD oil is not really “healing” the body, it keeps the body out of pain so that it can rest and recover better. It also helps increase the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatments, which are healing the body.

Call today to see if CBD oil is right for you!

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Tech Neck and Acupuncture

We’ve probably all heard of the term “tech neck” but what does it really mean. With dramatically increased use of cell phones for texting, emails and social media along with the use of computers for work, an increasing number of people are suffering with a cluster of symptoms that are related to the use of these devices. While there is no medical definition for “tech neck”, symptoms like a stiff and painful neck, shoulder pain, headaches, thumb numbness, blurry vision and dry eyes are some signs that you are suffering from this modern malaise. And you know what, these are signals from your body that something is wrong and that you should make a change. My suggestion is that that change should not be to take an Advil, put some eye drops in and go back to scrolling!

Acupuncture can be a wonderful intervention for all these symptoms. Acupuncture is clinically proven to reduce stress, increase circulation, decrease inflammation and reduce pain. This will address all of the symptoms listed above and help alleviate your tech neck. However, if you continue with the activities that caused the problem in the first place, you will need continued acupuncture treatments to manage the problem. Other changes you can make to help the acupuncture be more effective and last longer, are listed below.

Reduce Stress:  Stress alone can cause many of the above symptoms so reducing or managing your stress can be a great way to reduce or manage your symptoms.

Exercise:  Strengthening and stretching the muscles in the neck and increasing circulation can help alleviate tech neck symptoms (and it also helps reduce stress!)

Ergonomics & Posture:  Better ergonomics at your desk and better posture, both at your desk and while using a cell phone, can help reduce symptoms. Eliminate hunching, holding a phone with your shoulder, having your head forward (placing stress on the neck). These can all reduce or eliminate tech neck symptoms.

Take Breaks: Breaks at regular intervals to stand up, stretch and give your eyes a break can short circuit the process that leads to tech neck symptoms.

Reduce Screen Time:  You knew it was coming! Yes, put the phone down and walk away slowly! Easier said than done but unless you want these symptoms to become permanent problems, this is the biggest change you can make to help. Set aside a certain amount of time, at specific times, every day to check emails, texts or Facebook. Don’t bring your phone to bed with you, if you need an alarm clock, I’ll buy you one! Leave your phone at home or in the car, really, that dinner you are eating is not that interesting.

These problems can morph in to serious issues, some requiring surgery (carpal tunnel etc.) and can even lead to abuse of pain medications. Over the counter pain relievers can help short term, but they are just that, a short-term solution not meant long term use. Before they become serious, get some help and make some changes, you are worth it!

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Chronic Pain & Acupuncture, Is It All in Your Head?

Chronic pain is a long term and often constant level of pain regularly punctuated by sharp increases in discomfort called “pain flares”. But did you know that chronic pain is not a reliable indicator or damage or threat to the body. In other words, if you experience chronic pain, there may be no damage or injury that is causing that pain. For lack of a better way of putting it the pain is “in your head”. The original disease, malfunction or injury that first generated the pain signals, sensitizes the brain or nervous system so that even after your body has healed, you still feel the pain. This is the main reason that western medicine is so ineffective at treating chronic pain. While western medicine excels at treating acute pain, when you use the same methods to treat chronic pain, where there is no injury or malfunction causing the pain, the results are necessarily going to be poor. Fortunately acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine excel at treating chronic pain.

Acupuncture can aid the body in healing chronic pain in several ways. Trigger point therapy or dry needling can release trigger points or “knots” in muscles that contribute to chronic pain. Acupuncture can “retrain” the nervous system and desensitize the body so that it no longer experiences pain. Electro acupuncture can induce the body to release pain modulating endorphins and other substances that will help the body experience less pain and heal. Increases in circulation and stimulation of the immune system also aid in the reduction of pain and healing of the body.

Chronic pain can be healed, and acupuncture can be a powerful tool in this process. Patients do have to keep in mind that it is a process. Over months or even years the body has become accustomed and sensitized to the pain and while acupuncture can help relive this, it takes multiple visits to achieve lasting results or to retrain your nervous system and brain.

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Top 5 (Electro) Acupuncture Points for Back Pain

So, what is the difference between an electro-acupuncture point and a regular acupuncture point? Nothing, except that when electro-acupuncture is used, a low voltage charge is sent through the acupuncture needle to accomplish therapeutic outcomes. This changes how the body reacts and can change the function of the acupuncture point utilized. The five best points for back pain and how they help, are listed below.

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Large Intestine 4 (LI4):  This acupuncture point is a powerful point in and of itself. It can be used for headaches, neck pain, facial pain and paralysis and delayed labor among other functions. This point is used in conjunction with Liver 3 (LV3) in electro acupuncture to provide systemic pain relief. At low frequencies, this point will stimulate the body to produce beta-endorphins, endogenous opioids, that provide pain relief. The body also produces ACTH, a precursor to Cortisol, a powerful anti-inflammatory.

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Liver 3 (LV3):  When used in electro acupuncture, this is the best point on the body for extinguishing brain activity related to pain. LI4 and LV3 are connected in electro acupuncture providing pain relief, reduced inflammation and a reduction pain related brain activity. Using these two points as a more “global” pain reliever, we then start to home in on the area that is causing the pain, the low back.

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Small Intestine 3 (SI3):  Located on the pinky side of the hand, this point can be used by itself for back pain with remarkable results. When used in electro acupuncture for back pain, it is connected to the next point, Bladder 60 (UB60). The Bladder meridian runs down the back and is commonly used to address back problems. The Small Intestine meridian is connected to the Bladder meridian, so points on this meridian are also effective in treating back pain.

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Bladder 60 (UB60):  This point is located behind the ankle bone on the outside of the foot. Once again, this point can be used alone to treat back pain. When connected to SI3 with an e-stim device, we pass electrons back and forth from the hand, through back and all the way down to the leg. A higher frequency is used on these points causing the body to produce serotonin, a powerful and fast acting pain killer that also works on mood, appetite, sleep, memory, learning and wound healing. From here we will then target the area of the pain itself.

Spinal Bracketing:  By placing needles along the spine above and below the area of the pain itself, we can directly influence the nerves that are leaving the spine and going to the tissue in the problem area. Using both high and low frequencies, we induce the body to produce both immediate and lasting pain relief while decreasing inflammation directly in the area where the patient is experiencing pain.

Using this approach, we get increasingly closer to the problem area so that we are providing both specific and global pain relief while reducing inflammation. The pain relief will be temporary at first but with continued treatment, the body will produce larger and more sustained quantities of endorphins. On top of this the electrons we are introducing in to the body will help damaged tissue heal and regenerate. Using electro acupuncture not only provides lasting pain relief but helps the body to heal itself so that the pain will go away for good!

If you are suffering with back pain, call today or set up a free 30-minute consultation on line.

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

How Your Childhood Can Affect Pain

Many of us believe the past is in the past but when it comes to pain, specifically chronic pain, your past may have a lot to do with how you experience pain. Studies have found that those who experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) reported more pain symptoms than healthy control groups. Other significant childhood factors such as exposure to a family member with an illness, parental loss or childhood hospitalization were also found to be predictive of chronic pain. In addition to chronic pain there are over 40 other health outcomes related to ACEs including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Smoking
  • Reported Income
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

These findings are significant, and the health impacts are serious. They also give us a clue as to how to treat patients. If ACEs are significant factors in how patients’ experiences pain, simply treating the pain will result in the return of the pain in most cases. The impact that ACEs have, need to be addressed as well if lasting pain relief is to be achieved.

How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture provides incredible pain-relieving results. By increasing circulation and reducing inflammation, acupuncture helps the body heal. So how does acupuncture help treat chronic pain, where the root is deeply buried in the past. The use of acupuncture can induce the body to release specific substances in the body such as serotonin and Gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA). These substances can help with conditions like anxiety and depression that may stem from ACEs. Acupuncture also helps relieve stress and improve sleep and in so doing, can have an impact on anxiety, depression and even pain relief.

Adverse Childhood Experiences are, unfortunately, something that many of us will carry for a lifetime. Seeking out therapy is often integral part of relieving chronic pain. Exercise, diet and other lifestyle factors will also play a part in how you experience pain. If you are experiencing an injury or some other acute pain, acupuncture can get you back to normal in short order. If your pain is chronic, a multi-pronged approach is necessary to obtain complete and lasting relief. Call today to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and we can discuss your unique problem.

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Pain, MRI Findings & Acupuncture

Many patients come in to my office for relief of back or neck pain that they are experiencing. Often, they say that they had an MRI and it shows that the discs in their spine have degenerated or are bulging and they have been told by their doctor that this why they have pain. In many cases this is false, and they have been given bad information. Did you know that a study was done on over 1200 healthy, asymptomatic individuals and that MRIs on the neck revealed that 87.6% of these individuals had bulging discs? A full 75% of those in their 20’s had bulging discs! All these individuals were asymptomatic, they had NO pain whatsoever. But if these individuals were in pain their doctors would have pointed to the MRI and said, yep, there’s the problem. Another MRI study of the low back in over 3000 perfectly healthy, pain free individuals showed that 80% of those in their 50’s had disc degeneration and 36% had disc protrusion! The imaging showed that these individuals should have been in pain but were not.

Disc Abnormalities

Can disc degeneration and/or bulging discs cause pain. Yes, they can. If they impinge on a nerve or obstruct blood flow, pain can result. But as these studies showed, there is not always a 1:1 correlation. So why is this a problem. The patient is left with the “knowledge” that the abnormality is what is causing the pain, and this does two things: one, it leaves them with few and often misleading options. If you are trying to treat something that is not causing the problem, how successful do you think you will be! Secondly, this “knowledge” can often perpetuate a pain syndrome. The patient thinks that there is something wrong, so they will just have to deal with and manage the pain.

How Acupuncture Can Help

If the pain that you are experiencing is not the result of an abnormality, acupuncture can increase circulation, stimulate the immune system and induce the body to produce pain modulating endorphins. This will decrease your pain and help your body heal the problem. Want to know something else, if your pain is related to an abnormality, acupuncture can still do all these things, helping reduce your pain and heal the problem.

If you are experiencing back, neck or any other kind of pain call today for a free 30-minute consultation. You can leave the MRI at home!

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Dry Needling & Acupuncture

Wait, isn’t dry needling really acupuncture? Well, it depends on who you ask. Dry needling, trigger point therapy, meridian therapy, five element acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, French acupuncture, distal acupuncture the list goes on and on. There are over 300 known styles of acupuncture and probably hundreds more that are not widely known. Dry needling, like any of the other hundreds of styles of acupuncture, is just that, a style or method of using acupuncture for a specific purpose.

Is Dry Needling for Me?

Well, that depends. Dry needling works well for both acute and chronic pain conditions and can even address some internal disorders, when used by a skilled practitioner. If you have a pain condition that is the result of trigger points, then dry needling can be part of a comprehensive solution to resolving your problem. Why just “part” of the solution? If your problem is caused partially by trigger points, then additional techniques or therapies will be required. There are dozens of other issues that can be contributing to your problem such as stress, diet, lifestyle, exercise (wrong type, too much, too little) just to name a few. Therefore, it is imperative to seek out someone who is fully trained in acupuncture so that your issue can be fully addressed and resolved.

When is Dry Needling Inappropriate?

If you are having fertility issues, anxiety, depression, digestive issue, immune issues and other things that are not related to trigger points, then dry needling is probably not a good option.

Which Acupuncturist Do I See?

Find an acupuncturist in your area the specializes in your condition. Someone who deals with pain issues on a day in, day out basis is much more likely to be able to properly diagnose, treat and resolve your problem as opposed to someone who specializes in fertility treatments. Some practitioners are “general” practitioners and while some can be quite good, others will say that they can treat you just to get you in the door. Do your research, look at reviews and find the right practitioner for you!

At Princeton Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, we are experts in treating pain syndromes and injury. We do have expertise and training in other areas as we find that most times, pain is accompanied, caused or exacerbated by other issues that, left untreated, will hamper recovery. Call today to set up a free 30-minute consultation.

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.

Acupuncture & Trigger Points

What is a trigger point and how does it cause pain?

A trigger point is a myofascial syndrome caused by injury or stress that often results in pain. When stressed or injured, contracted knots of muscle and connective tissue can develop, and these can cause pain locally (in the area of the trigger point) or can refer pain to other areas, sometimes far from the actual trigger point. These knots irritate nerves and restrict blood flow to the muscles resulting in pain and preventing the body from healing the problem.

How can acupuncture help:

The best way to release trigger points is with the use of acupuncture. By inserting a fine needle in to the area of a trigger point, a twitch response can be elicited. This twitch is the muscle releasing and breaking up the trigger point. Think of the trigger point as a knot of tissue that is constantly pulling on the muscle tissue on either side of it. This knot does not allow the muscle to fully relax. By activating the trigger point, the knot of tissue fully contracts and then is able to fully release. Trigger points that have been present for a long period of time can even produce calcium deposits but with repeated treatment, these can be broken up, returning the tissue to its normal, healthy state.

Everyone knows how it feels when someone presses on a knot in their neck or shoulders. It is painful but often feels good at the same time. These types of knots can cause everything from tightness to severe pain, headaches and even internal disorders. If you have a problem that you think is caused by trigger points, call today to set up a free 30-minute consultation and we will let you know how we can help.

​Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!

​Traditional cultures have known for centuries the myriad benefits of drinking bone broth. This is something that has been lost in modern times but now you can return you and your family to this time-honored tradition of both maintaining health and even healing yourself simply by nourishing yourself properly.