Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are tiny and flexible, not at all like hypodermic needles used to give “shots,” and generally produce less sensation than a mosquito bite. It is considered normal to occasionally experience a heavy or mildly aching sensation in the area surrounding an acupuncture point. It is important to tell your practitioner right away if you are experiencing sharp pain or a burning sensation after the acupuncture needle has been inserted.
Are there side effects with acupuncture?
Occasionally patients report feeling light-headed, dizzy, sleepy, euphoric, or nauseous after a treatment. These symptoms usually disappear within 10-30 minutes. Slight bruising or residual muscle ache may also be experienced.
Will I feel better immediately after my treatment?
Your relief may be immediate, delayed for a few hours, or may be noticeable after a few days. The relief may be permanent, or may last days, weeks or months. Depending on your condition and how chronic your symptoms have become, you may not experience relief for several treatments.
On rare occasions, symptoms may briefly become worse or “flare-up” after a treatment. The post-treatment flare-up is self-limiting, and usually resolves within 24 hours. If you experience a flare-up after your treatment, please notify your practitioner for advice and support about how to manage the flare-up.
How long does it take to have acupuncture?
Your initial visit includes an extensive medical history and exam, and takes about 90 minutes. Follow up visits take 45-60 minutes. Your treatment will take place in a comfortable, private room. We dim the lights and provide music (optional), to create a deeply relaxing atmosphere. Many people fall asleep during their treatment, while others simply relax, and allow their minds to become quiet and peaceful.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
Ideally, you will not be hungry or full when you arrive for your treatment. Avoid alcohol and caffeine for 2-3 hours prior to your treatment. Please also bring along any recent lab work or test results to your first appointment.