Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. Acupuncture is pretty painless. The needles are incredibly thin and filiform, meaning they are not hollow like hypodermic needles. Occasionally you may feel a sharp sensation on insertion equal to a bug bite but that should subside with seconds. Most people are surprised at how pain free treatment is and how much they are able to relax into their session.
Are there any side effects from Acupuncture?
No. One of the great things about Acupuncture is that there is no real side effects from treatment. Occasionally a patient may bruise, especially if they are on blood thinners or if they tend to bruise easy in day to day life.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, Acupuncture is very safe. All needles are pre-packaged, sterile stainless steel and used only one time for safety and hygienic purposes. I practice clean needling technique to avoid any concern towards the patient's health and safety.
What should I expect at my first treatment?
On your first visit we will talk through your major health concerns and chief complaints in detail. This will help me to evaluate and construct an individualized treatment plan for you and give us a time frame for when we can reassess your progress. The initial consultation with treatment usually takes around 75-90 minutes, with each follow up appointment lasting around 60 minutes.
Please dress comfortable- loose clothing where sleeves and pants can be rolled up to above the elbow and knees is ideal.
Most people do best if they have something to eat before hand. Sometimes Acupuncture can cause an overly calming effect on an empty stomach.
What training is involved to become a Licensed Acupuncturist?
To be a licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.) & Chinese herbalist you must complete a 4 year -3,200 hour Masters of Science program. Throughout the program you spend hundreds of hours in clinical internship, you get certified by the CCAOM in Clean Needle Technique and must pass all four of the NCCAOM national board exams to get licensed. Much of our education is focused on gross human anatomy with concentration on exact angle, depth and direction a needle should be placed in each of the hundreds of points all over the body.
Many Western medical practitioners such as physicians, chiropractors and physical therapists are permitted by some state laws to practice "dry needling" after receiving only a minute fraction of the training needed to become a licensed acupuncturist. I would strongly recommend seeking acupuncture from only licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.).