Acupuncture Specialist

Meeting Point -  - Integrative Medicine

Meeting Point

Integrative Medicine located in Philadelphia, PA

Acupuncture effectively treats many health problems, and it’s so effective for relieving pain that the American College of Physicians recommends it as the first line of treatment for acute and chronic back pain. At Meeting Point in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Steve Matta, DO, MBA, CAQSM, and Mary Anne Matta, MS, MA, LAC, offer medical acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, and cupping therapy to treat a wide range of conditions. To learn how acupuncture may improve your health or to schedule an appointment, call the Meeting Point office for more information, or schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment online today.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is medical acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture promotes healing by strategically targeting certain muscles, fascial trains, nerves, and motor points. The needles stimulate nerve activity and initiate muscle firing as well as the release of biochemicals such as endorphins, neurotransmitters, and hormones.

The natural substances released during acupuncture relieve pain, reduce inflammation, restore balance, and enhance your body’s natural healing ability.

What should I expect during acupuncture?

Many patients who haven’t had acupuncture envision hypodermic needles. The needles used for acupuncture, however, are so fine that you could fit nearly 20 acupuncture needles inside the typical hypodermic needle.

Most patients don’t feel the needle when it’s inserted. You may feel a slight tingle or sense of pressure when the needle goes into deep tissues. But you should never feel discomfort.

What is electro-acupuncture?

After inserting acupuncture needles, your physician performs electro-acupuncture by sending mild, frequency-specific currents through the needles. In this way, we harness the power of bioelectricity to heal.

These electro-currents boost blood flow to the area and stimulate healing changes in your nerves, muscles, blood, and fascia. The current also influences your central nervous system, improving connectivity in your brain and triggering the release of healing stem cells into your bloodstream.

What other techniques are used during acupuncture?

Your provider may combine acupuncture with integrative therapies such as:


Cupping can be done over acupoints or trigger points (specific painful areas with tight bands of tissue). After placing the open side of a globe-shaped cup against your skin, your provider uses one of several techniques to create a vacuum.

The vacuum pulls your skin and underlying tissues into the cup, which increases blood flow and lymph circulation. This action brings healing oxygen and nutrients to cells while promoting the release of toxins into the lymph fluids.


During biopuncture, your provider injects a homeopathic solution containing diluted plant-based substances under your skin or into the muscle. We may target a specific location based on your symptoms or inject the solution at acupoints.

The injected substances stimulate the natural healing process. Biopuncture is often used to relieve pain instantly and reduce inflammation caused by musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such as arthritis.

What health conditions improve with acupuncture?

Acupuncture relieves pain and supports healing for many health problems throughout your body. The World Health Organization recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for conditions such as:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Sinus problems
  • Digestive Problems
  • Facial and Dental pain

There are many more conditions treatable by acupuncture at Meeting Point. If you have questions about acupuncture or you need to schedule an appointment, call Meeting Point or schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment online today.

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