Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture, upper west side, new york, 10024

Does Acupuncture hurt...This is by far one of the most common questions asked when a patient comes for their first treatment or during a consultation. My answer is 

Where are needles inserted?

Acupuncture is used all over the body - head and face, arms and hands, back and abdomen, thigh and legs, feet and ankles. Acupuncture points are selected based on what pattern your symptoms are displaying - Chinese Medical Diagnosis.

Sometimes needles are inserted into locations that has lots of muscle - ie. thigh and back. Other times, needles are inserted into your hands where there's little muscle and many nerve endings. When there's a location that has more muscle, you won't feel anything with needle insertion. When needles are inserted into locations where there's less muscle, you may feel the needle slightly.

Here's the real low-down on what you experience when getting acupuncture.

Acupuncture needles should be inserted as gentle as possible to keep you comfortable. Some people describe their experience as a mosquito bite, a slight pinch, a tickle, or nothing at all. The entire theory behind acupuncture is energy - it does not matter what your condition is...headaches, pain, insomnia, etc. The needles have to be inserted to 'catch' the energy, with doing so you may feel a dull achy sensation, a heavy sensation, a traveling sensation, a floating sensation. You may also see different colors when you close your eyes, you may drift off into a light sleep. Your body will relax and your mind will shut off. During this time, acupuncture is working on healing your body.

What to do if acupuncture hurts.

Tell your acupuncturist! Your treatment should absolutely not hurt. Most practitioners would like you to be as comfortable as possible, creating a welcoming atmosphere and well as gentle treatments enhances your healing journey. If your acupuncture treatments are uncomfortable, it may be time for you to visit a different acupuncturist. 

If you have questions on how acupuncture can help you, call 646-854-6619.