FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does acupuncture hurt?
For most people, the procedure is painless.
Sometimes people feel a little prick similar to
a mosquito bite when the needle is first
inserted. Occasionally, depending on the
condition, there is a dull ache or a warming
type sensation around the point. Many people
fall asleep during acupuncture treatments.
Is acupuncture safe?
Very few side effects have been reported with
acupuncture treatments using disposable needles.
If needles are inserted properly, there is no
risk to underlying nerves or organs. As with any
type of treatment, you should always inform your
practitioner of all medications you are taking
as well as any underlying health conditions you
may have or have previously experienced. You
should also inform your practitioner if you are
or could possibly be pregnant. Proper
information will help in the selection of the
type of treatment that is right for you.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Acupuncture is used to alleviate many typical
pregnancy-related complaints, including anything
from nausea to sciatica. During each stage of
pregnancy, there are certain points that should
be used and others that should be avoided.
Following these guidelines ensures safety of
both the mother and the fetus.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it
Although the placebo effect often plays a role
in treatment, acupuncture seems to work more
from the body to the brain as opposed to the
mind down. These results are seen not only with
highly dubious people, but also in studies of
the effects of acupuncture when used with
What can I expect on my first visit?
Everybody experiences the effects of acupuncture
a little differently. Depending on the type of
problem being treated, some people may start to
notice the benefits almost immediately while
others need a few treatments before they feel a
difference. Some people become very relaxed
while others may feel euphoric or energized.
People who don't feel any different when they
leave the clinic may start to notice changes in
their symptoms hours to days later.
How soon will I be better?
This is one of the most common questions we are
asked. To provide you with realistic
expectations, many factors affecting your
recovery time must be taken into consideration,
Acute vs. chronic pain
First episode or recurrent problem
History of previous injuries
General fitness level (includes: strength,
flexibility, and cardiovascular health)
Poor postural hygiene
Lifestyle (work, diet, sleep)
Patient comprehension and compliance with
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