Why Your First Visit to Acupuncture Isn’t Scary

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There are many reasons why acupuncture isn’t scary. If you’ve never had acupuncture done before, then you may fear what to expect. Your first visit can let you know how things will be.

Do you have so much pain that you can’t think straight at times? Maybe it’s a migraine that doesn’t ever seem to go away? Or maybe it’s chronic pain that always shows up at the wrong time? Whatever the case may be, acupuncture will help reduce the pain? It can do so in a healthy way that doesn’t require medication. No need to worry though, because acupuncture isn’t scary. Let me show you why.

Headache leaves you emotional but no need to worry because acupuncture isn't scary

What should I expect when I get acupuncture?

You would not believe the number of people who faint right before the needles go in. This isn’t due to the needles or anything about acupuncture. Instead it’s due to the fear they have built up in their mind about acupuncture being painful. So, let me dispel a few myths about acupuncture. The first one is that acupuncture isn’t scary.

Acupuncture needles have a round edge, so they don’t cut the skin. Stimulating these places on the body influences your nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. Just because these needles will be sticking out of you should help you to see that acupuncture isn’t scary.

“Most [people being treated] don’t feel anything,” a shift in electricity or energy as a result of the flow of Qi or removal of a blockage.

Often you won’t feel the needles being inserted, because they are thin and gently inserted. Once a needle reaches its intended depth, you’re likely to feel a mild, dull ache or a slight tingling sensation. This may be a sign that the treatment is working, and the acupuncture point is being activated. You may also feel a heavy or electric sensation. Feelings of warmth may arise at the acupuncture points.

Pain or discomfort should be fleeting and is normally a good sign. This will continue to let you know that acupuncture isn’t scary. If the pain persists or is overwhelming, you should alert your acupuncturist.

There are a few things that could cause pain and for you to be aware of:

  • Some acupuncturists may use heavier needles.
  • Some even may be inserting the needles too deeply.
  • Some could have a poor needling technique. This is why it is important to ensure you are going to a trusted and respected acupuncturist.
  • Some areas are more sensitive than others. When the needles are in extremities, they are often more sensitive. 
  • In addition to that, some areas may run through pressure points. When doing so, the pain should be fleeting. Another reason why acupuncture isn’t scary.

No matter the issue, we can always come back to the idea that acupuncture isn’t scary. If at any point it becomes scary, you don’t have to fear the unknown. Simply reach out to your local acupuncturist and schedule some time to discuss your specific issues. I’m sure they will have not problem helping you work through your fears in order to take the plunge.

If you’re local to the Houston area, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Deb! She can answer your questions, or you can schedule your first visit! Don’t forget that acupuncture isn’t scary!

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