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Is Acupuncture Painful?

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When it comes to needles, we often associate them with pain-- wary of a treatment that involves these little pokers. However, acupuncture is the opposite. It is actually quite painless and I would argue, less painful than many other pain treatment methods. Many of my patients even express that it is a relaxing experience- to the point of falling asleep during the treatment. And the cherry on top? The pain relief they experience significantly improves after just one visit.

Benefits of Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine that is meant to heal and provide pain management for the body. Unlike western medicine, its origins are holistic and can be an alternate treatment for various ailments:


  • Neck & Back Pain

  • TMJ

  • Hormonal Imbalances

  • Digestive Issues

  • Acne Reduction

  • Detoxification

  • Fertility

  • Women’s Health

  • Men’s Health

The list goes on!


What Does It Feel Like?

Depending on where the affected area is on the body, acupuncture appliances have different levels of stimulation. Based on a patient's discomfort level, I can determine specific acupuncture points to prioritize for the needle insertion. When the needle makes contact with your skin, It is more so a tingling sensation, rather than a painful one. The needles are not your typical scary ones. They are incredibly thin and have rounded edges so it does not break through your skin.


For additional reassurance, per the National Institute of Health, acupuncture is considered safe and requires that all needles used are sterile. As a licensed practitioner, it is crucial that my patients are comfortable in order to maximize ultimate relief and relaxation. Based on your symptoms and comfort level, I can determine different acupuncture techniques to use as part of their treatment.


Reference:

  1. Mayo Clinic - Acupuncture

  2. David Di Acupuncture - FAQs

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