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Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Many cite their fear of needles when discussing acupuncture. Usually this fear is based on the hypodermic needles used to draw blood and give inoculations or vaccines. Acupuncture needles are MUCH smaller than hypodermic needles. Hypodermic needles are 114 times larger than acupuncture needles. 

Acupuncture needles do not need to hurt to be effective, though some sensation can be expected. An itching sensation at the insertion site is common, as is a sense of warmth or tingling. With orthopedic acupuncture, muscle fasciculation or contraction can occur. In most cases, only a slight sensation on the surface of the skin is experienced.

What should I wear?

Ideally, loose clothing is best. For example, what you might wear to a workout or yoga class. Most points used will be on the distal aspects of the arms and legs (from knee and elbow down), but back treatments typically require access to the whole back. Abdominal palpation and needling are also essential aspects of meridian therapy, but can be performed without undressing. Drapes will always be available and offered for the patient's comfort.

If I haven't eaten can I come to acupuncture?

This is not recommended as acupuncture speeds up metabolic processes. At the very least a light snack is required.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. Cancellation is required 24 hours in advance, otherwise the full amount will be charged.