Acupuncture Questions – FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Acupuncture?

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedure in the world, originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. Miraculously, the Chinese, without the benefit of surgical procedure, were able to map over 350 acupuncture points.

These anatomical points are treated with very thin, sterile disposable needles. This unique therapy stimulates the body’s own healing capacity. Acupuncture has successfully treated more people over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all the other health sciences. both ancient and modern.

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How does Acupunctue Work?

Acupuncture can relieve pain by stimulating the body’s intrinsic healing abilities to treat an injured area. An Acupuncture treatment causes muscles to relax, connective tissue to strengthen and pain to be relived. As the vicious cycle of chronic pain eases, the nervous system calms. Sleep and concentration may immediately improve.

Pain relief from acupuncture is not only from an analgesic effect but also from increased blood flow, in which oxygen and nutrients respond  to an injured area. Relief is felt as the healing process begins.

What does Acupuncture Feel like?

Dr. Greenberg uses only hair-thin, sterile, disposable acupuncture needles that are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. When strategically placed, the acupuncture needles promote an intrinsic healing response which increase circulation and relieves pain.

During the acupuncture treatment, mild intramuscular electrical stimulation and heat may be applied to intensify the effect of treatment. People experience Acupuncture Needlingacupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.  The majority of patients fall asleep or rest comfortably during the treatment.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

A recent study of the National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization confirms that acupuncture is very safe and effective in treating over 40 medical conditions, many of which are pain related conditions.

A growing number of Americans use acupuncture for effective treatment for pain. Acupuncture’s holistic approach is designed to effectively treat the underline cause of the problem.

  • Can I Complete My Initial Intake Forms At Home?

    Yes! Simply download, complete both forms (two), print and bring to your initial visit. This will allow you to conveniently and more accurately complete this important diagnostic information.  Please click on the following links (both) to Download / Print:  Intake Form #1     Intake Form #2

  • If you are unable to complete these forms prior to arrival please arrive at your initial visit 10 minutes early to complete the intake forms…Thank You!

Are There COVID Precautions?

I hope this notice finds you in good health during this very difficult time.  Certainly daily life with the COVID-19 pandemic has increased stressors and thus additional pain responses.  I do think its important to offer pain and stress relieving services at this time, thus I have decided to reopen my office with certain precautions.  We are dedicated to preventing the spread of COVID 19 thus:

  • patient visits will be staggered so not more than one client is in the waiting room at one time
  • All bedding and equipment will be sterilized with each use
  • If you are not vaccinated, or answer YES to any of the following questions I will wear a mask at all times (encourage you to do the same)
  • If you are vaccinated masks are optional at this time
  • All clients are screened before office visit


Hopefully these precautions will minimize the risk of exposure, but I highly suggest that if you answer YES to any of the following questions you delay your next office visit:

If in the past 7 days you have experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • New onset headaches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fever or chills
  • Unexplained muscle aches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Exposure to confirmed COVID 19 patient


I appreciate working cooperatively with you to help minimize any potential exposure.  I look forward to helping you with your health care needs.  Thank you so much for your trust and confidence during this difficult time!  Please call 941-749-1807 to set up an appointment!

Summary: Addressing Your Concerns 

At Acupuncture of Bradenton, we understand that considering acupuncture therapy may raise questions and uncertainties. Dr. Barry Greenberg, our compassionate acupuncture specialist, is here to provide you with reassuring answers and peace of mind. Let’s address some frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision about acupuncture in Bradenton and Sarasota.

1. What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote natural healing processes.

2. Is Acupuncture Safe? Absolutely. Acupuncture is a safe and non-invasive treatment when performed by a trained professional like Dr. Barry Greenberg. We adhere to the highest standards of safety and hygiene to ensure your well-being.

3. How Can Acupuncture Help Me? Acupuncture can address a wide range of health issues, including migraines, back pain, stress, anxiety, and more. Dr. Barry Greenberg’s acupuncture therapy in Sarasota aims to not only alleviate symptoms but also improve your overall health and vitality.

4. What Can I Expect During an Acupuncture Session? During your acupuncture treatment in Bradenton, Dr. Barry Greenberg will carefully assess your condition and create a personalized treatment plan. You’ll relax comfortably while he skillfully places the needles at specific acupoints to initiate the healing process.

5. Does Acupuncture Hurt? The majority of patients experience minimal discomfort during acupuncture. The needles used are extremely thin, and any sensation is often described as a slight tingling or warmth.

6. How Long Does Each Acupuncture Session Last? Acupuncture sessions typically last between 30 to 60 minutes. The duration may vary based on your specific needs and treatment plan.

7. How Many Acupuncture Sessions Will I Need? The number of sessions required depends on the nature and severity of your condition. Dr. Barry Greenberg will discuss a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs, ensuring the best possible outcome.

8. Is Acupuncture Covered by Insurance? Some insurance plans do cover acupuncture. Simply submit your insurance info at:  Acupuncture of Bradenton will gladly assist you in verifying your insurance coverage and maximizing your benefits.

9. Why Choose Acupuncture of Bradenton? At Acupuncture of Bradenton, we take pride in being the best acupuncture clinic in Sarasota and Bradenton. Our dedication to providing affordable, top-rated acupuncture services ensures that you receive the highest level of care.

10. Will Acupuncture Interfere with My Other Treatments? Acupuncture is complementary to conventional medical treatments and can be used alongside other therapies without interference.

Embrace the Healing Journey with Acupuncture Dr. Barry Greenberg and the team at Acupuncture of Bradenton are here to support you every step of the way. Your well-being is our top priority, and we invite you to experience the transformative benefits of acupuncture therapy in Bradenton and Sarasota. Let us guide you towards a healthier, more balanced life through the power of acupuncture.

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At the Acupuncture Center Of Bradenton we specialize in treating many pain conditions including; arthritis, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and sciatic pain. For over 32 years we have provided acupuncture services for the communities of Bradenton, Palmetto, Sarasota, Longboat Key and Ellenton.
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