Acupuncture techniques use very fine needles. None of my patients ever complaint pain or hurt. Having said that, of course it depends on the individual sensitivity as well. There will be some sensation due to the fact that an instrument fine needle is inserted into your body. It will puncture nerves and fine vessels but nevertheless will not cause any harm or discomfort to the patients.
There is a lot that affects what any given patient may or may not feel: the skill of the practitioner, the sensitivity of the patient, the particular point being used and so on. That being said, acupuncture should not be uncomfortable. Any needle that is giving you a sharp, stabbing sensation after sitting for a moment should either be removed or re-positioned. Don't be afraid to provide feedback to your practitioner in this regard.
Keep in mind that different practitioners use different sized needle gauges and there are many different acupuncture techniques and styles. Thicker needles hurt a little more and more aggressive techniques you can feel, but it is all relevant to the skill and style of each practitioner as well as the reason for treatment. For example, If you are coming in for just relaxation, the needle session should be quite pain free. If you are coming in for tight muscles, there may be some technique that "jumps" the muscle - that can be an intense feeling, but it retreats immediately. It is basically the muscle twitching from tight to relaxed as it resets to normal from a tense state. Or you may feel some traveling sensation as the body is resetting itself, i.e., something going down leg or up to head. These are all normal reactions the body is doing as it regulates itself. You should never be "in pain" though. If you are "in pain" from an inserted needle, let the practitioner know so they can adjust it. No one really can explain an acupuncture treatment; you really have to go to experience what it is for yourself.
I hope it helps. Good luck.
Most people agree that acupuncture does not hurt. Acupuncture needles are very fine and penetrate the area being treated with much ease. Often, patients will say they barely felt it, or they feel just a gentle tap when the needle is inserted. Once the needle is inserted into the acupuncture point, there may be a quick dull sensation. If you feel prolonged cramping
or any kind of sharp, shooting pain, that is not typical and the needle should be removed and reinserted.
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I treat very young children (I am a Japanese practitioner), and they ask to come back to see me, so you know it's not hurting them. So check with whoever you want to see and ask what style they use.
Most people do not find acupuncture painful, but there can be a little bit of a prickling sensation. The needles are so tiny that for the most part they are not felt when being inserted.
For some it's not the sensation of the needle, it's the idea of the needle. ALL the patients I have treated have expressed surprise at how little they felt.
That being said, I have had patients come to be from other acupuncturists trained in other countries that use more aggressive techniques and complain that it was uncomfortable or that some acupuncturists hooked electrodes up to the needles for extra stimulation (thought that doesn't necessarily need to hurt either.)
I don't use the electrodes (I have nothing against it) because the type of acupuncture I practice does not require it (Balance Method and Master Tung Styles).
So if it's the fear of pain keeping you from trying it, rest assured, it's never as bad as people think it'll be and we treat small children. Keep in mind, just like any other type of service provider, you may need to try more than one before you find the one you click with. I hope this helps.
Gentler styles are less invasive, use thinner needles and don’t manipulate the needle after it is inserted. The qi flow is usually felt as a general sense of relaxation and sometimes euphoria.
Acupuncture is very helpful in treating stress and headaches, by the way. To find an acupuncturist that is the best fit for you, call some local acupuncturists and ask about their type of practice. You may be surprised to discover that rather than pain, there is a feeling of relief and well-being.
practitioners trained in the US are using a guiding tube to insert the needles which was created and developed in Japan. Such a tool offers an overall painless experience. It is also important to note that some practitioners don't have good skills therefore it is important to find a qualified and skilled provider.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Different people have different levels of sensation. And, the sensation can depend on where the needles are inserted.Most people, once the needles are inserted, no longer feel them. There is a technique some use where after 5-10 mins the needles are gently rotated, and this can be felt. I have never heard one say painful and it should not be. Share any needs or concerns with your provider and don’t hesitate to report how you are feeling. In healthcare, you are the driver.
I hope this helps qualm your fears about acupuncture. All the best for your health.
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.