Acupuncture originated in China and has been used successfully to heal numerous illnesses and injuries for more than 2,000 years. The body is seen as having a network of pathways or meridians through which energy or "qi" (pronounced "che") is constantly moving. Small, hair-like needles are used throughout the body to move blocked energy that may be flowing improperly due to physical or psychological issues, such as injury or stress. While scientists of western medicine have a hard time explaining how acupuncture works, one theory is that the body's natural electrical energy can be used to stimulate self-healing and produce a powerful physical change.

At Joint Ventures, we strive to offer integrative care, which offers you the best possible results and recovery. Physical Therapy provides the rehabilitative means to strengthen the body, so you may resume regular activities following an injury. Acupuncture provides both the pain relief and the support your body needs to keep from injuring yourself again.

Our acupuncturists focus on treating the root cause of your injury. Conditions such as sciatica, bursitis, and tendonitis are signs of an imbalanced body. Our goal as acupuncturists is to re-harmonize your system to help prevent relapses of injury once your physical therapy is complete. We work with your physical therapist in order to best direct your treatments and recovery.

Acupuncture is also highly effective for internal medicine problems such as asthma, digestive issues, menstrual problems, anxiety, and many others. All are viewed as energy imbalances in Asian medicine. Some of our patients see other practitioners at Joint Ventures to maximize the effect of their care; some of our patients get all the results they are looking for by just seeing one of our acupuncturists.

Acupuncture Questions

If you have questions about acupuncture at Joint Ventures, please contact Leah Rice at: or you can call 617-536-1161 to get more information or to schedule your acupuncture session.

Learn More About Acupuncture

To learn more about acupuncture at Joint Ventures, read the Acupuncture blog entries from our staff.

Self-Pay Rates

Currently, Joint Ventures does not do any direct billing to insurance companies for acupuncture services. You may submit your receipt after your service and work with your insurance company for reimbursement.


After a brief health history questionnaire, your licensed acupuncturist will review your symptoms and goals of treatment in order to gain a full understanding of your needs. Then your acupuncturist will perform additional tests to collect diagnostic information in order to provide the most effective and efficient treatment. Once your acupuncturist has a clear picture of your pattern, points will be selected to begin the process of rebalancing.

Follow-up Visit 

Your acupuncturist will make inquiries regarding your progress since your last visit. They will take note of any changes in signs and symptoms and treatment will proceed from there.

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