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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like? Will It Hurt? 

There can be a tiny pricking sensation with the insertion of some needles, however, most patients report not feeling the acupuncture needles go in. Acupuncture needles are very thin, about 3-5 times thinner than the hypodermic needles used for injections. The needles we use at Mind + Body Acupuncture and Wellness are specifically shaped and coated to ensure the most comfortable experience possible. All needles are sterile and single-use to ensure your safety and comfort. 

Most of the time, needles do not need to be inserted deeply in order to achieve therapeutic effect. Needles are most often inserted into the skin and superficial tissue using a “guide tube,” a small plastic tube that allows your acupuncturist to quickly tap the needle through the top layer of the skin, where most of the nerve endings are. This reduces the likelihood of any uncomfortable needle sensations. 

Common sensations that may occur during treatment include warming or cooling sensations at acupuncture points, gentle tingling, and a “heaviness” of the body that results from the relaxation of the central nervous system. Sometimes, patients report they can feel their energy or qi moving in a therapeutic and pleasant way. 

At Mind + Body Acupuncture & Wellness, we strive to prioritize patient comfort and therapeutic benefit. If you ever experience any discomfort with needling, or too intense of a sensation, let your acupuncturist know right away– it is quick and easy to fix!


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