What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won’t Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls deqi. Patients often describe deqias a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an “electrical” sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Each patient is different. Generally, if a condition is more acute, patients respond faster than if it has been a chronic condition. Depending on the condition being treated, its severity, and how you respond to acupuncture, a treatment plan varies for each patient and will discuss thoroughly the length, number and frequency of treatments, and other recommendations. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.