Q: What does it feel like? Do the needles hurt?
A: Acupuncture needles are not the needles in your doctor’s office! They are thinner than a human hair, and 1/4 the size of a hypodermic syringe that you’d find in your doctor’s office. Some acupuncture needles are so small, they can be tied into a knot!
Most people report no pain with needle insertion. Some acupuncture points may be more tender than others, but that has more to do with the treatment you need, than with the needles themselves.
Q: Is it safe for children?
A: In small children, acupuncture points are stimulated with finger pressure (called acupressure), or with small tools. By the age of 10, most children used to acupressure are ready for their first needle.
Q: I’ve never had acupuncture. What is a treatment like?
A: Your first session, and subsequent sessions, are slightly different. At a first session, your acupuncturist spends some time learning your health history. After that, sessions are similar.
Then, your acupuncturist evaluates the energy flowing through your meridians and creates a treatment plan for that day. Your acupuncturist may set anywhere from eight to 15 needles. You can always let your acupuncturist know if you need a needle re-set or removed! After you are comfortable, the acupuncturist will leave the room and you will have a bit of time to yourself to rest, relax. You may feel the energy moving through you in a way you may never have felt before. You could even fall asleep! If you are nervous, you may ask the acupuncturist to stay in the room, but acupuncture is so comfortable that this is rarely requested.