Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Before we address the question does acupuncture hurt we first need to look at how acupuncture works.
By far the number one question people ask about acupuncture is “does acupuncture hurt”? The thought of needles often sends shivers of fear through our spines; however most patients are amazed at how little acupuncture needles are in comparison to other medical needles. The following will provide you with helpful information on acupuncture and give you a better idea about the looming “does acupuncture hurt” question.
According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture needling acupuncture points stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
How it Works:
Small thin needles are inserted into precise acupuncture points on the body depending on symptoms. Acupuncture points are located all of the body including the head, arms, shoulders, legs, and feet.
Each patient’s individual symptoms and needs are unique so frequency and length of visits vary. Typically though, each acupuncture treatment last between ten to thirty minutes. Patients respond differently to acupuncture treatment with some noticing a decrease in symptoms after their first visit and others requiring several treatments before experiencing relief.
Patients are usually surprised at how small acupuncture needles are. They are actually small enough to fit several through the middle of a hypodermic needle and most do not experience any discomfort from the needles since they are so thin. Acupuncture needles are also smooth, not hollow with cutting edges like hypodermic needles, which makes insertion much easier and less painful than when you receive injections or get your blood drawn.
If there is some sensitivity it is usually during the insertion of the acupuncture needle which quickly goes away once the needle is set in place. The doctor or acupuncturist either use disposable needles or sterilize the needles using the same techniques as used on surgical instruments. Usually patients are able to completely relax during their treatment with many people even falling asleep during acupuncture sessions!
What a Current Patient Had to Say When Asked Does Acupuncture Hurt?:
“Dr. Hinz will adjust the needles so that you are able to relax and reap the benefits which far outweigh any minor discomfort.” Valerie P.
Your First Visit:
The hardest part really is overcoming any fears you might have and taking the first step to make your acupuncture appointment. During your first appointment just remember to ask as many questions as it takes to make you completely comfortable with the process before continuing. Also if you are afraid of the pain ask the acupuncturist to insert a needle in an acupuncture point in your hand so that you can experience and become comfortable before going through the entire process.
Your Acupuncture Franklin, TN Doctor is ready to meet with you. Ready to take the next step by making your first acupuncture appointment? Call 615-503-9900 to schedule!
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