When it comes to acupuncture, one of the most common questions people ask is, "What does it feel like?" The idea of having needles inserted into various parts of the body can understandably make some people anxious or squeamish. However, the reality of an acupuncture session is often far less intimidating than what one might imagine. In this blog post, we'll dive into what you can expect to feel during an acupuncture treatment, aiming to dispel myths and alleviate concerns.
## The Pre-treatment Phase
Before the actual acupuncture begins, you'll typically have a consultation with the acupuncturist to discuss your health history and specific concerns. This is followed by a comfortable setting where you'll lie down on a treatment table. You'll be asked to either roll up your sleeves or pant legs, or possibly disrobe to a comfortable level so that the acupuncturist can easily access the acupoints.
## The Needle Insertion
The most crucial part of the experience, of course, is the needle insertion. Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture needles are incredibly thin—much thinner than hypodermic needles used for injections. Most people describe the sensation as a tiny pinprick, followed by a tingling or warming sensation. Others may feel a slight "achy" feeling, which in acupuncture terms is known as "De Qi" (pronounced "duh-chee"). This sensation is considered a good sign, as it means the body's energy is being activated.
## During the Treatment
Once all the needles are in place, you'll usually lie still for around 20-30 minutes. During this time, you might feel a range of sensations, including warmth, tingling, or even a sense of relaxation spreading throughout your body. Some people report feeling energized, while others find the experience so calming that they fall asleep.
## Post-treatment Sensations
After the needles are removed, it's common to feel a sense of relief and relaxation. You might also feel a significant reduction in the symptoms you came to treat, whether that's pain, stress, or something else. It's also not uncommon to feel a bit tired after a session, so consider this when planning the rest of your day.
So, what does acupuncture feel like? The answer can vary from person to person, but most agree that it's far less painful than one might expect. The sensations during treatment range from a tiny pinprick to warmth, tingling, and relaxation.
If you're curious about acupuncture and are located in or around Gastonia, NC, consider visiting our clinic, The Point. We offer a sliding scale pricing from $40-$60. This could be the perfect opportunity to experience acupuncture for yourself and discover its many benefits.
Feel free to reach out to us to learn more or schedule an appointment. Here's to your health and well-being!