Do the Acupuncture needles hurt? Will I feel pain?
Because the needles are about the thinness of a hair, insertion is often hardly felt at all. There may be an
intermittent sharpness or a dull twinge, but these feelings are only momentary and far less unpleasant than a
Western (needle) injection. The needles are not inserted deep into the skin. When considering acupuncture,
my patients often tell me they were most apprehensive about the needles. They were reassured to learn that
the needles are FDA approved as medical devices and are individually wrapped, totally sterile, and
disposed of after one use. Those patients also discovered that the treatment was virtually painless because
acupuncture needles are extremely thin and flexible -- approximately 16 acupuncture needles together
equal the thickness of a pin. Most importantly, my patients come to realize that the needles are simply tools
to help them move through the process of healing and balance.
Are there any precautions to be observed on the day of an acupuncture treatment?
Yes. To enhance the value of the treatment, the following guidelines are recommended:
- Do not come on an empty stomach.
- Do not eat an unusually large meal just before or after treatment.
- Do not over-exercise or consume alcoholic beverages 6 hours before or after treatment.
- Avoid cold and iced drinks, as well as cool food the day of the treatment.
- Allow for a period of rest immediately after your acupuncture treatment.
- Continue to take your prescription medications as prescribed by your primary care physician.
How will I feel during the treatment?
Once the needles have been placed, your might feel a dull ache or a tingling sensation which indicates that
the point has been accurately located, and only lasts for a second or two. Some people even fall asleep.
These are normal responses. Some people say they feel very relaxed when they are having a treatment,
others don't feel much at all. Even if you don't feel much you are benefiting from treatment.
How long are treatments?
Treatments are between 20 minutes and 1 hour long. The first treatment may be up to 1 hour. In this time we
will take a full history spend time getting to know you and give you time to ask questions you may have. After
treatment, you can expect to feel less pain, more energy, and a heightened sense of well being.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on the severity and duration of the symptoms to be addressed.
For a cold or flu, one or two treatments can be very helpful. For chronic health conditions of years or even
life-long duration, a longer course of treatment is normally required. Within the first 4-6 sessions, the
effectiveness of the treatment is often evident and clear treatment goals should be established.
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