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Needles freak me out! Does it hurt?

Lets start here…

  1. I totally get the whole scared of needles thing
  2. Believe it or not, no! It really doesn’t hurt.

I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out! This is the most commonly question asked about acupuncture because, understandably, many people associate needles with pain. Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a cat’s whisker or thinner, so they are virtually painless when inserted. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid. They are not designed to cut the skin, but to displace the skin and stimulate areas beneath the skin. Often, you don’t even see the needles or realize I put them in- its that smooth.

Naturally, in Western culture we associate needles with the traditional hypodermic hollow needles used to draw blood or to inject medication. Acupuncture needles are a completely different tool entirely. After insertion, I will bring the needle to the appropriate depth. You will then usually feel a very unique sensation that can vary from tingling, to heaviness, to warmth, or nothing at all but most importantly, not pain. Each person’s experience is different. Should you experience any discomfort, let me know, and I will adjust the needles accordingly. Often, you don’t even see the needles or realize I put them in- its that smooth.

Also, its not like those scary movies where the person gets 1000 needles all over their body. Thanks a lot Hollywood! Its usually between 5-15.. even less sometimes.

 

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