Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medicine that involves placing tiny needles in specific points, is gaining traction. There are many benefits of acupuncture and it can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. Athletes, senior citizens, and many others around the world now embrace acupuncture as part of their treatment plan.
However, some people are still wary of acupuncture.
Most of the fear stems from one main concern: pain.
It’s very understandable, acupuncture can look scary. There are needles sticking out of you after all! In reality, acupuncture looks a lot more painful than it really is.
In this post, we explain what you can expect from acupuncture, and we answer the burning question, does acupuncture hurt?
Does acupuncture hurt the first time?
Pain is a big misconception surrounding acupuncture, and the idea that it hurts prevents many people from ever trying it. Typically, acupuncture does not cause any pain or discomfort. Of course, you may feel something, but it normally is not anything that hurts. Of course, your level of pain tolerance and sensitivity will have an effect.
Some people report experiencing minor pain during their first treatment that they do not have on subsequent treatments. This may be because your energy points are being activated for the first time. It may also be because you are tensing up from fear and anticipation during the first treatment, and you are more relaxed during the later ones.
Does acupuncture hurt afterward?
Removing the needles is not painful when it is done by an experienced, diligent practitioner.
Some people fear that acupuncture will hurt afterward. In contrast, you will likely feel calm and even sleepy. It is best to rest after acupuncture and to use heat backs. Additionally, any minor pain you could feel during the treatment will dissipate after the treatment.
Does acupuncture hurt the next day?
Okay, so acupuncture does not typically hurt during or right after the treatment, but what about the next day? There is a chance you could experience some slight soreness in the day or two after acupuncture. Of course, this is most likely for people who are new to acupuncture. Some minor soreness or bruising after is common for many different types of treatments and it not unique to acupuncture.
Pain-free acupuncture in Suffolk County
The key to painless acupuncture is a knowledgeable practitioner. Integrative Family Wellness in Smithtown, NY has knowledgeable, experienced practitioners who will ensure your acupuncture treatment is as pain-free as possible. To schedule your acupuncture appointment in Long Island, contact IFW HERE.