A question we’re confronted with often here at Natureco is “does acupuncture hurt?” Now, the answer to this question is entirely subjective, as everyone's tolerance for pain is different. However, we'd like to set the record straight on this topic and hopefully put your mind at ease in the process.
The assumption is that because acupuncture involves needles being inserted into the body, that it’s going to hurt. Moreover, it’s the fear of this potential pain that causes many people to choose not to undergo acupuncture therapy.
So, Do Acupuncture Needles Hurt When Inserted?
The short answer is no; it doesn't because the needles used are incredibly thin, insertion usually causes minimal discomfort. However, it's important to note that just because there is little to no pain involved in acupuncture, that there isn't a sensation.
When the needle is inserted, you may experience a dull ache or a tingling feeling. This also depends on the type of treatment being done, of course, as some areas of the body are more sensitive than others.
In terms of what else you can expect to happen when you undergo acupuncture, the needles will be inserted at various strategic points of your body. Where they’re inserted depends on the treatment as well as where the practitioner has deemed an area that needs treating. The number of needles inserted varies between You should also know that the practitioner might gently move or twirl the needles around after they’ve been inserted, or even apply heat and mild electrical pulses. In case you’re wondering how far acupuncture needles go into the skin, it’s never much deeper than 6.35mm.
It’s worth noting that after you've received acupuncture treatment, you might feel a mild soreness as well as some minor bleeding and bruising where the needles were inserted. This is perfectly normal, and you shouldn’t be in any pain after acupuncture has been administered as a result of the needles.
Another question we get asked by clients is “how long is an acupuncture treatment?"; this is entirely dependent on the ailment you're looking at having treated and your practitioner.
How do Acupuncture Needles Work?
Acupuncture was invented in China millennia ago and is a critical component of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves needles being inserted into the skin at various points on the body and uses your pressure points to treat a variety of ailments.
Traditionally, acupuncture is explained as a means of balancing the flow of energy in the body that flows the meridians. What acupuncture practitioners believe the needles do is, when they are inserted into specific points along these meridians, the energy flow will be rebalanced.
What Can Acupuncture Treat or Assist With?
Acupuncture is used as a means of alleviating discomfort and pain in various areas of the body, such as the shoulders. Some of the other areas that patients of ours have found relief through acupuncture include:
Are you a Good Candidate for Acupuncture?
Regardless of how safe acupuncture is when administered by a competent practitioner who's using sterile needles, some individuals are not suitable candidates for the treatment. For example, you may be at risk of experiencing complications if you:
Taking the Next Steps
Now that you’re aware of how little acupuncture hurts, you may be willing to investigate it further. Natureco has a host of highly-skilled, understanding acupuncturists available who are absolute pros at dealing with first-timers and putting their minds at ease throughout the process. To find out more, contact our Victoria Park or Joondalup facility today, and our receptionists will gladly answer any questions you may have, including "how much does acupuncture cost?" Then, once you're completely ready to make a decision, they’ll book your appointment.