I don’t like needles. Does acupuncture hurt?

  • Acupuncture needles are the thickness of a glorified hair. I can literally tie the needle into a knot with my fingers…it’s that tiny. Most people feel either nothing or a small hair-plucking sensation upon insertion. After needle insertion, patients may feel a variety of sensations including an ache, warmth, or tingling. Many people feel deep relaxation during a session.
  • For those who are needle-shy, luckily you usually don’t see the needles. You are most likely laying on the treatment table and unless you make an effort, you won’t see the needles.

How long will I need to get treatments before I know if acupuncture will help my health concern?

  • Acute conditions typically see a shift in symptoms within the first 1-3 treatments. If the condition is long-standing and has many underlying factors, regular treatments over a couple months will be more beneficial to get momentum and create new body habits before seeing changes stay. I enjoy working as part of a health care team and will refer out to other professionals to round out treatment as needed.

What should I wear to my appointment?

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, especially those that would allow access to an area that’s bothering you. During the treatment, remove belts, shoes, socks, and anything in your pockets as some of these things get in the way of treatment or feel uncomfortable when you lay on the table.

What does acupuncture treat?

  • According to the NIH:
    • Acupuncture has been proven effective for: 
      • Low Back Pain
      • Nausea following surgery or chemotherapy, and probably for nausea of pregnancy
      • Dental Pain following procedures
      • Stroke Rehabilitation
      • Headache
      • Menstrual Cramps
    • Acupuncture was  felt to be no less effective than other treatments associated with higher side effects, in the management of musculoskeletal conditions including:
      • Tennis Elbow
      • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      • Fibromyalgia
    • In conjunction with other management, acupuncture was also endorsed in the treatment of:
      • Asthma
      • Addiction
  • According to the WHO:
    • Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:
      • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
      • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
      • Biliary colic
      • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
      • Dysentery, acute bacillary
      • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
      • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
      • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
      • Headache
      • Hypertension, essential
      • Hypotension, primary
      • Induction of labour
      • Knee pain
      • Leukopenia
      • Low back pain
      • Malposition of fetus, correction of
      • Morning sickness
      • Nausea and vomiting
      • Neck pain
      • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
      • Periarthritis of shoulder
      • Postoperative pain
      • Renal colic
      • Rheumatoid arthritis
      • Sciatica
      • Sprain
      • Stroke
      • Tennis elbow

Should I eat before or after my appointment?

  • A small meal is a great idea prior to treatment. Large meals should be avoided as we want your body to work on moving and circulating for your overall health, not just digesting your last meal.

How long is an acupuncture appointment?

  • Appointments can range from 75 – 90 minutes. Your first visit will be about 90 minutes. Returning visits will be about 75 minutes. Any appointments with a new focus will take more time than returning visits.