I hear this all the time from people that I meet, people who would love to try Acupuncture but are afraid of needles. Well, I’m here to tell you to have no fear! The acupuncture needle is a teeny tiny, virtually painless, magical tool, smaller than a blade of hair that can do so many wonderful things for your health and wellness.
The needles we use today are made of high-quality stainless steel and are around .16-.25 mm thick, roughly the thickness of human hair. In an acupuncture treatment, a patient can expect to discuss their full medical history with the practitioner, as well as a detailed explanation of what brings them in on the particular appointment. The practitioner will then examine their tongue and feel their pulse to determine which points to use. Tiny, sterile stainless steel needles are then carefully and gently inserted into said points, and the patient will peacefully relax with the needles for 25-30 minutes. When the needles are inserted, a patient can expect to feel either a dull ache at the base of the needle or a slight tingling sensation but most often they feel nothing at all.
Most patients report feeling extremely relaxed and can often doze off during treatment. Many times, while undergoing treatment with Acupuncture other ailments begin to clear up. I often have patients telling me, not only has the digestion improved but their sleeping much better too. Or that their back pain has decreased and they also notice having fewer headaches. Although people’s experiences with acupuncture can vary, the therapeutic benefits far outweigh any pain or discomfort which most likely would not occur during needle insertion.
I hope this has cleared up any concerns and eliminated any fears you may have about receiving acupuncture.
Please call and make an appointment to try it for yourself!
Erin Covotsos, MSTOM