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Does acupuncture hurt? | Hardin Acupuncture

Does acupuncture hurt?


This is one of the the top questions I hear about acupuncture. When you mention the word ‘needle’ people tend to get a little bit wary. Some people even hold up their hands in defense as if I’m going to try and stick them with a needle right then and there!

I can relate. When I went for my first acupuncture treatment years ago, I was lying on the table feeling nervous as heck. I was afraid that it would hurt and that if I sneezed all the needles would go flying out.

The truth is, it rarely hurts. I didn’t even feel those very first needles go in. Oftentimes this is the case. Others may feel a slight tugging sensation. Or a dull ache. Or a tingling. At most, a slight pinch on areas that are more sensitive.

(And in case you are wondering, I did sneeze and the needles stayed put. No risk there!)

The needles are tiny, about the size of a cat’s whisker. They glide into the skin with ease. Once you experience it, you’ll see that they are no big deal. People get to relax in a darkened room for about twenty minutes after they are inserted. I treat people who are needle-phobic and often find them snoozing away on the table!

I treat children and they do fine.

TV shows tend to dramatize the whole process, showing someone with 20 or so needles in their face, for example. In my clinic, I use as few needles as necessary to create the most change. The more focused the treatment the better, which is why on average I use about 5-10 needles per treatment.

The needles are sterile, stainless-steel, and single-use. Totally safe.

If you’ve been curious about acupuncture, but have held back out of fear of the needles, come in for a free consult and see for yourself how tiny they are!


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