Does your acupuncturetechnique hurt?
No. My technique is gentler, subtler and less painful than the Chinese techniques which most acupuncturists in European country. I use thinner needles and employ shallower insertions than Chinese acupuncture. This means that discomfort is rarely experienced during treatment and if there is discomfort, it is very minimal.
The needles are extremely thin, about the thickness of a few hairs. A specialised needling technique helps that most patients don't feel the needle insertion at all, and some sensitive ones feel a brief small prick. Patients get very relaxed during and after an acupuncture treatment and several regularly take a quick ‘acu-nap’ when the needles are in. I know, it sounds strange if you haven’t experienced it.
Once the needle is in place and the acupuncture point begins to “work”, some patients feel a warm, tingling, mildly electric, or a dull aching sensation. This sensation is desirable in the treatment context, and unlike any other – in English we don’t even have a word for it, and the Japanese and Chinese expressions for it mean “Arrival of the Qi”.
For acute pain, I sometimes use a point pricking technique which does sting a bit, but the immediate pain relief this techniques brings has been deemed “totally worth it” by many patients.