As a Neurologist practicing Acupuncture I have experienced greater success treating patients with neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain.
I have shared the frustration of many of my patients over the side effects and/or lack of efficacy of many of the medications traditional medicine uses to treat headaches, neuralgias, neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain. So many people struggle with chronic pain and discomfort hoping for alternatives to drugs.
When I began to explore trigger point therapy, and then therapeutic dry needling as a mechanism for treatment, I realized that here was a tool largely unexplored by most physicians to help patients with spinal pain and headaches. I decided to take the leap to a training program in medical acupuncture, but had no idea how powerful and effective a tool it would be for treating conditions, that previously, I had only considered treating with medication.
While every patient is different, and there is never a 100% guarantee that a particular medication or surgical procedure will help you, I am certain that acupuncture will not hurt you, will not cause side effects, and will very likely help you not only have less pain, but also change how you relate to the stress that your chronic pain causes you. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal when the energy of chronic strain/pain patterns are released.
Postherpetic neuralgia (shingles)
Post concussive headaches
Neck pain; acute and chronic
Back pain; acute and chronic
Shoulder, arm, and hand pain
Hip, knee, and foot pain
Nerve blocks for headaches and facial pain
Detoxification from medication overuse headaches
Botox for intractable migraines, alternating with trigger point therapy
Botox for dystonia and spasticity
Trigger point injections
Appropriate medication management
Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG/nerve conductions) to determine the location and/or severity of nerve damage.
Japanese acupuncture in the style of Master Nagano
Therapeutic dry needling
About Dr. Kroessler
A practicing neurologist for 28 years, Dr. Kathleen Kroessler has focused on headaches, neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain.
Traditional Medical Training
1980-84 SUNY – Stony Brook: Doctorate of Medicine
1984-85 Long Island Jewish Hospital: Medical internship
1985-86 SUNY – Stony Brook, University Hospital: Neurology Residency; 1st year
1986-88 UMass; University Hospital: Neurology Residency; 2nd-3rd years
1988-90 Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital: Fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine
Complimentary Medical Training
2011-13 Myopain Seminars in Therapeutic Dry Needling: 75 hrs.
2012-13 Integrative Dry Needling with Dr. Ma: 50 hrs.
2014-15 Harvard International Structural Acupuncture for physicians: 300 hrs.
2015-16 Advanced Structural Acupuncture: 60 hrs.
American Academy of Neurology
American Headache Society
American Academy of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
New England Medical Acupuncture Society
Kathleen Kroessler, MD
Neurology & Acupuncture
407 East Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
401 305 3322
fax 401 305 3337