Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Does Acupuncture Hurt

One misconception about acupuncture is that it hurts, and this is a reason that some people don’t want to try acupuncture.


Acupuncture does not Hurt? 

Acupuncture needles are very thin, and most people feel no pain or very little pain when they are inserted.

However, the needles can cause temporary soreness.

Most people being treated don’t feel anything, Most of the time what might be described as pain is a chi sensation. It can be heavy, throbbing, or jumping, all of which are positive responses.

This can vary due to your level of pain tolerance and overall sensitivity. Sometimes your first acupuncture treatment will be more painful than your following treatments. This could be because certain energy points on your body are being activated for the first time. Your symptoms may worsen slightly before they get better.

What does acupuncture feel like?

While the experience will be different for everyone, acupuncture usually doesn’t cause discomfort or pain.

Often you won’t feel the needles being inserted, because they are thin and gently inserted. Once a needle reaches its intended depth, you’re likely to feel a mild, dull ache or a slight tingling sensation. This may be a sign that the treatment is working and the acupuncture point is being activated. You may also feel a heavy or electric sensation. Feelings of warmth may arise at the acupuncture points.

If you feel anything that’s a severe or sharp pain, you should let your acupuncturist know. Most of the time pain or discomfort will be fleeting and last only a few seconds.

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Bob Li is a registered TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner and acupuncturist of Ontario. 

He has 30 years' experiences in treating various medical, surgical, otolaryngologic, gynecological, and pediatric conditions by using techniques from Chinese Traditional Medicine

Address:767 Silver Seven Road, Unit 27, Kanata, ON K2V 0H1



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