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  Fu’s subcutaneous needling (FSN)

Fu’s subcutaneous needling (FSN), a therapeutic strategy originated from ancient acupuncture and developed since 1996 (Chen, 2013, p. 193). It’s is a therapeutic approach for localized diseases, especially for musculoskeletal painful disorders. This technique is performed by inserting a special trocar needle into the subcutaneous layer on the problematic muscle. In some cases, FSN could provide immediate and significant relief of the pain. FSN is differentiated from traditional acupuncture and other alternatives in terms of manipulation and effects. The selection of FSN points mainly depends on the different relevant muscles or situations of the disorders (Zhonghua Fu, 2013). Different from dry needling and traditional acupuncture “Ashi” technique, FSN needle inserts into non-diseased areas. Not like acupuncture needles, FSN needs a longer retention time, often lasting more than one hour. The patient should be allowed to move or exercising in a mild way with the FSN needles retained in the subcutaneous layer (Zhonghua Fu, 2013).

 There is one unique feature of FSN which is its special stimulation method-swaying movement. Like what I mentioned in the last paragraph, once the doctor inserted the FSN needle, he swayed it from side to side. Based on Zhonghua Fu’s article, this is a very critical step to FSN treatment. In most circumstances, FSN does not work well without the swaying movement especially when dealing with chronic disorders. The longer stimulation, the better clinic outcome will be. Another significant step in FSN treatment is called Reperfusion approach which refers to the mechanical methods that extend/contract repetitively the relevant muscles to improve the local circulation in non-inflamed ischemic tissues, especially in injured musculoskeletal tissue (Chen, 2013, p. 193). In terms of characteristics of effectiveness, although FSN focuses on treating musculoskeletal painful problems, it can also have positive effects on some non-painful disorders, such as numbness, chronic cough without sputum, and acute onset of asthma. The adverse effect of FSN included such as minor hemorrhage, dizziness, and fainting. However, FSN is safer than acupuncture because its needles do not go deeply and do not touch focal diseases.

Dr Cai is current president Fu’s subcutaneous needling (FSN) association New York. He has many successful experience with this new method. 




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Bin Cai PhD , L.Ac , RN

Welcome to Benson Integrative Acupuncture Care in Manhattan, New York City, where we specialize in treating neck pain, back pain, sports injury, insomnia anxiety, and dysmenorrhea, leakage of urine using acupuncture, herbs, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our acupuncture clinic is located in Manhattan midtown (turtle bay) and two blocks from the United Nation Headquarter. It is easy to access from Upper East Side, Wall Street, Long island city, Brooklyn, and other New York City five boroughs.

With many years  of clinical experience, Dr. Bin Cai and his team integrated the orthopedic surgeon background, biomedical research, oriented Chinese herb, Chinese Tuina and Acupuncture to treat soft tissue injuries, sports medicine, spinal problem degenerative disease and insomnia, pollen Allergy, Constipation. Especially, He applied many new theories of in his acupuncture practice, such as Anatomy Train theory, Anatomy Fasciology with meridian, Trigger Point Acupuncture, Reaction Point, Master Dong acupuncture, Bo’s Method of Abdominal Acupuncture. An expert in of Fu’s Subcutaneous Needling (FSN) is newly acupuncture therapeutic approach for localized diseases, especially for musculoskeletal pain disorders.

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We Accept Insurance for Acupuncture in NYC

Benson acupuncture accept most insurance for acupuncture, provided that there is acupuncture coverage under your plan. We are one of the few acupuncture clinics in New York City that can accept most of the major insurances company.  We eliminate the stress and frustration associated with dealing with insurance for our patients.

Lists of insurance we accept include, but not limited to the following plans for acupuncture in New York:

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