Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles can be placed in a way that doesn’t hurt. The needles range in thickness from those that are hair-like to those that are narrower than a sewing needle. It doesn’t have to do so much with the size of the needle as with the preparation of the area and speed of insertion. There may be some slight pinch for just a second.  

Most people think of the large, hollow needles that are used to draw blood when they hear the word ‘needle’.  Acupuncture needles are solid, sterile, and much more narrow in diameter than the type used to draw blood. 

It is somewhat desirable that one feel some type of sensation after the needle is inserted, which indicates movement of Qi. This sensation, however, is not painful but more of a dull, pressure feeling. People vary in their sensitivity, and you are encouraged to report your sensations to your acupuncturist during your treatment.

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