Discover the Power of Acupuncture at
Bethesda Spine and Posture

Experience relief, rejuvenation, and enhanced wellness through our specialized Acupuncture Therapy.

Are You Seeking Drug-Free, Natural Relief from Persistent Pain?

Bethesda Spine and Posture offers a unique blend of chiropractic care and acupuncture therapy to provide a holistic approach to pain relief. We specialize in various acupuncture techniques designed to complement your chiropractic treatment, including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and manual traction.

Consider Acupuncture Therapy if you’re suffering from the following types of pain:

  • Chronic neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Mid-back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Leg pain
  • Hip pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip, knee or spine
  • Disc herniations
  • Disc bulges

Our methods are non-invasive and drug-free, focusing on stress relief — a common cause of pain — and targeting painful muscle knots with myofascial trigger point therapy.

Top 3 Key Benefits of Acupuncture:

  • Drug-free Pain Relief: Acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing abilities to reduce pain and inflammation. It's a safer alternative to prescription painkillers.
  • Improved Functionality: Regular acupuncture treatments can improve mobility, sleep, and overall quality of life.
  • Holistic Approach: We treat the whole person, not just the symptoms, leading to long-term health improvements.

Meet Your Personal Acupuncturist…

Our treatments are delivered by trained professionals to ensure effectiveness and safety.


Seung Woo Paik, L.A.c

Seung Woo Paik is not only a licensed and certified acupuncturist but also your dedicated partner in achieving better health. Licensed in Virginia and Maryland, Seung Woo has earned a Master of Science in Acupuncture and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine from Virginia University of Integrative Medicine.

Seung Woo further honed his skills through an extensive externship in South Korea, where he immersed himself in learning advanced techniques like the Korean 4-Needle Technique, Scalp Acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture, Cupping, and Herbal Medicine.

But his pursuit of knowledge didn't stop there. Seung Woo is currently enrolled in a Professional Doctorate Program, expanding his expertise to better serve his clients.

He's a specialist in pain management, mental health, digestive health, and women's health. But above all, Seung Woo is a friendly face, always ready to listen, understand your needs, and guide you on your journey towards holistic wellness.


Hena Shomali, D.AC, L.A.c

With a background in western medicine, Hena is passionate about helping people recover physically as well as mentally through acupuncture. As a naturopathic doctor and homeopath, Hena has many tools in her toolbox that assist her patients in achieving whole-body wellness. Her knowledge and confidence about acupuncture and herbal medicine help you relax and receive healing treatments for anything from pain and insomnia to infertility. Fostering deep relationships is important to Hena, and outside of the treatment room she spends most of her time with family and close friends, including furry four-legged dog friends!


Acupuncture: How Does it Work?

At Bethesda Spine and Posture, we use acupuncture as a natural and effective way to manage stress. But how does acupuncture work?

In essence, acupuncture is like a reset button for your body. When you're stressed, your body is in "fight or flight" mode, releasing a flurry of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. It's an old survival mechanism that can be helpful in a real crisis but can cause problems when it's constantly triggered by modern life's day-to-day pressures.

Acupuncture works to flip the switch back to "rest and digest" mode. By inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points on your body, we stimulate your nervous system to help rebalance your body's energy, or 'qi'. This can encourage your body to reduce the production of stress hormones and increase the production of endorphins, your body's natural painkillers and mood elevators.

It's like telling your body: "Hey, everything is okay. You can relax now."

This shift can promote a deep sense of relaxation, boost mood, improve sleep, and ultimately, help manage stress levels. The best part? It's all natural, drug-free, and has been used successfully for thousands of years.

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy that involves inserting thin needles at specific points on the body. It works by stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms and promoting blood flow.

Yes, many scientific studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can effectively relieve chronic pain, including conditions such as lower back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.

Acupuncture can treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, stress, anxiety, migraines, and digestive disorders, among others.

Acupuncture can treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, stress, anxiety, migraines, and digestive disorders, among others.

The number of treatments varies depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Some people experience improvement after one session, while others may need multiple treatments.

Most patients feel minimal to no pain as the needles are very thin and are inserted gently. Some people may feel a slight pinch as the needle is inserted.

During your first session, the acupuncturist will ask about your health history and current symptoms. They'll then insert the needles at specific points, which will stay in place for about 20-30 minutes.

Side effects are rare and usually mild if they do occur. They may include slight bleeding or bruising at the needle site, temporary soreness, or lightheadedness.

While both methods use thin, sterile needles, they have different aims. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment aimed at balancing energy flow in the body, while dry needling targets specific trigger points to relieve muscular pain and stiffness.

Typically, an acupuncture session lasts between 30 to 60 minutes. This includes the consultation and needle placement.

Yes, acupuncture is known to calm the nervous system and reduce stress hormones, making it an effective treatment for stress and anxiety.

It's best to eat a light meal before your session and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Avoid strenuous activity or consuming alcohol or caffeine before treatment.

Acupuncture can complement chiropractic care by further alleviating pain and promoting healing. The two therapies together can provide a comprehensive approach to pain relief and overall wellness.

An acupuncturist should be licensed and hold a degree from an accredited acupuncture school. They should also be certified by a recognized professional organization like the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the US.

Coverage varies depending on your insurance provider and plan. It's best to check with your insurance company to determine if acupuncture is covered under your policy. We are in network with BCBS, Federal Blue Cross Blue Choice.Also, we currently work with out-of-network benefits for the following insurance carriers: Aetna, Cigna, United HealthCare, and UMR.