What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and is most often used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
The patient will be lying down on a treatment table for the entirety of the treatment. The acupuncturist inserts very thin steel needles into the patient’s skin at multiple “acupoints.” A small prick might be felt with each needle. It is considered less painful than the feeling from a vaccine or blood draw. Acupuncture needles are much thinner than medical needles, and they are solid, not hollow. The needles may cause some muscle sensations, such as dull ache or tingling. The practitioner will check in with the patient over the course of the treatment; to see if any adjustments need to be made and to ensure the patient is comfortable.