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Do acupuncture needles hurt?

When you think of needles, what comes to feel?  Probably not the most pleasant thought.  It may even make you step back.  That is understandable.  Most of us have had an experience with hypodermic needles at least once in our lives.  Generally, hypodermic needles cause a painful sensation when they pierce your skin.  The reason for this is because they are thick and hollow as they are designed to inject fluids or draw blood.

However, Acupuncture needles are approximately the size of a strand of hair.

Acupuncture Needle

On the other hand, acupuncture needles are about 10 times smaller in size than an average hypodermic needle-approximately the size of a strand of hair and they are very flexible.  Acupuncture needles don’t hurt.  Some say that is feels like a mosquito bite.  At worst, you might feel a slight pricking sensation.  The needles stay in about 15 to 60 minutes, depending upon the type of treatment  you are receiving.  After the treatment many people tend to feel extremely relaxed and calmer.

Talk to us about your fears! Then we can help you!

A lot of people are scared to try acupuncture because they are afraid of needles.  You are not alone.  We are likely to have had this conversation with many patients before you.  It is important that you communicate with us because we will listen to you and work with you in order to help you to feel as comfortable as possible.  Opening up a discussion about your fears is likely to help minimize the anticipated pain that you think an acupuncture needle could cause.

For those who are needle-phobic, we may offer other non-insertive forms of acupuncture that can replace the needles during a treatment. 

Here is a list of some treatment options :

  • Acupressure
  • Tui Na
  • Cupping
  • Moxibustion

Rest assured, acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine has been around for thousands of years and many people have tried it with great success.  Even if you have a fear of needles and are nervous about your first treatment, we encourage you to give acupuncture a try.  It has helped many people over the years achieve health and wellness. This safe, natural and drug-free way of whole body healing is worth a try!