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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. What patients often feel, after insertion, is a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel a quick electrical sensation. Most patients find their treatments deeply relaxing and leave the treatment feeling "zenned out."

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation
in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is usually necessary. Everyone responds differently and in their own time to Acupuncture. On average, for acute conditions you can expect to have 5 to 10 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being or what I like to call a "seasonal tune up" may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.