What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Don’t worry. Acupuncture needles do not feel like anything like the needles you’ve experienced at the typical doctors office. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. Gentle stimulation of the needle may be used that can cause a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an “electrical” sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.
We are especially concerned with adapting treatment to the needs of the patient, so it’s important to know that even the use of acupuncture needles is optional in many cases. Your health concern may be better treated with other methods, like specialized magnet stimulus on select acupuncture points, manual therapy massage type stimulation or the use of another therapy modality. Our dialogue and discussion will determine an appropriate choice.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Every case is unique. The sometimes annoying answer to this question is “it depends”. Care for an uncomplicated problem may need only a few sessions; however, a complex chronic problem may need consistent treatment over many weeks or months. Profound pain that significantly interferes with work and lifestyle may initially require more frequency of treatment. Preventive treatments and treatments for general well being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.