Does Acupuncture Hurt?
No! Acupuncture is meant to treat pain, not cause pain! I use only the highest quality, single-use, sterilized needles. All of these needles are coated with a thin layer of silicone, which allows the needle to glide between the skin cells, versus puncturing them. This (along with my gentle insertion technique) allows the placement of the needles to be virtually painless.
If patients do experience any sensation during the treatment, it is nothing more than a "mosquito bite" sensation that quickly dissipates once the needle is inserted. It is common to feel sensations of "heaviness" or a subtle "tingling" sensation while the needles are retained. Patients tend to enjoy this sensation and are often so relaxed that they don't even notice the needles are in at all and most patients take a little "needle-nap" during the treatment!
How can I prepare for my first treatment?
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your visit to fill out the proper paperwork and sign a brief consent form.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing which allows access to the extremities or bring a change of comfy clothing if you wish.
- Eat a light snack at least 1 hour before your visit and drink a little water. (this will help prevent any lightheaded sensations after the treatment)
- Try not to plan anything overly strenuous or out-of-the-ordinary for after your first visit. I like my patients to be able to "absorb" the results of the treatment by not over-exerting themselves the day of a session. This will allow for more effective and quicker results!
How many treatments will I need?
This varies from patient-to-patient and each case and condition are very different. That is the beauty of holistic medicine, however! No two people or conditions will be treated alike! Generally, most patients will feel some type of result or "positive side effect" during and immediately after their first visit! In order to get lasting results and relief, we need to discuss a specific plan for you to maintain the results of your treatments.
At your initial visit, we will go over a "Report of Findings" as well as a "Treatment Plan" that is specific to you. During this time, we will discuss how many sessions it may take, and what lifestyle modifications you may need to make, for you to see the best results.
My general rule-of-thumb is to allow at least 3 sessions in the beginning with 3-7 days between visits. You can't get acupuncture too often, but you can spread your sessions too far apart! If you want the quickest results with the highest effectiveness, this is my baseline recommendation.