If you are curious to try acupuncture but just a little unsure of what it involves, our acupuncturist, Dr Karolina Cass has answered the most commonly asked questions we get about acupuncture.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
This is the most common question we get asked when people enquire about Acupuncture!
The answer is, in most cases there is minimal to no pain and if there is, it only lasts a second or so. Our clients report experiencing a dull sensation, however this disappears within a few seconds.
How big are the needles?
Acupuncture needles are flexible, hair-like in diameter. Thinner than sewing needle or pin.
Does it make you bleed?
Due to the fineness of the needle, generally you will not bleed with acupuncture. A small spot of blood may appear if the needle punctures a small capillary. There may be some tenderness or bruising where the needle was inserted, this may be due to a sensitive area or a broken capillary, this isn’t a big concern and will heal in a few days.
Will it hurt afterwards?
Most people feel relaxed or energised after a treatment, however occasionally some people may report feeling fatigue or lightheaded. In this case they should rest as the body is asking for them to rest due to moving energy in the body.
Can I move or am I trapped?
Due to the needle’s design and thinness, they are flexible. This allows a person some minimal movement depending on the treating area.
Are they clean?
Yes. Needles are sterilised in their own packaging, and are for only single-use.
What does Acupuncture treat?
• Stress and anxiety – feeling overwhelmed, anxious, on edge, worried all the time
• Infertility – trouble conceiving, irregular cycles, IVF support
• Pregnancy – morning sickness, general aches and pains, labour preparation and induction
• Digestive problems – bloating, constipation, IBS
• Muscle aches and pains – neck and back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, tendonitis
• Headaches and migraines
• Weight management
Acupuncture isn’t just needles!
There are other Chinese medicine techniques that Karolina can use such as cupping, moxibustion, acupressure, herbs, or auricular acupuncture (using ear seeds instead of needles).
If you have any questions, please contact Karolina to discuss your concerns and ways she can assist you to achieve your health goals.