Does Acupuncture hurt?
The needles used in acupuncture are different than needles used in Western medical settings or for piercings. They are super thin and they are flexible and solid. When they go into an acupuncture point often it’s not felt at all, or sometimes a slight prick. Acupuncture needles are only entered into the body where there are no blood vessels, nerves or organs. Once the needle is in you will likely feel the qi responding to the needle. People tend to describe it as a tug, warmth, or a buzzy sensation. It is a relaxing yet energizing experience.
How many sessions do I need?
Whether we’re addressing an acute injury, life transition, or chronic illness, acupuncture works with the qi to create a new habit, or a new way of processing/moving through the body. Like creating any new habit, it takes a little more effort up front. In my experience, the best results are experienced with 1-2 sessions a week for 2—3 weeks. This time allows us to create a foundation and reinforce the support and nourishment for the changes we want to make. As the effect of treatments accumulate we can space scheduling out as appropriate for each patient and still maintain progress.