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Afraid of Needles? Acupuncture May Still Be For You

Updated: Jul 29, 2023

Is acupuncture painful?

Should I Try Acupuncture If I'm Afraid Of Needles?

Are you someone who has been contemplating acupuncture but have concerns about the pain? Are you afraid of needles? You are not alone. Many people have a fear of needles and worry that acupuncture might be a painful experience. However, I am here to tell you that acupuncture is actually a relaxing and gentle treatment, and needle insertion is rarely felt! So, let's explore why you should put aside your fear and consider trying acupuncture.

Overcoming First-Time Acupuncture Fears

The primary fear that often comes up when considering acupuncture is the fear of needles. It's natural to feel apprehensive and anxious about the idea of needles being inserted into your body. However, it's essential to understand that acupuncture needles are nothing like the needles used for injections or blood draws. Acupuncture needles are incredibly thin, resembling a strand of hair. Most people report feeling little to no pain during needle insertion. We have many self proclaimed "needle phobic" patients here at Wildflower Acupuncture, and they always appreciate our gentle and individualized approach. Acupuncturist Laura Mann says, "actually, many of these more apprehensive patients end up loving acupuncture most of all. They all come back for more!"

The Experience of Acupuncture

Once the acupuncture needles are inserted, you'll be amazed at how relaxing and peaceful the treatment can be. Many people describe sensations such as tingling, heaviness, or a slight ache in the muscles. Some even experience a warm or circulating sensation at the acupuncture points. These sensations can be indicators that the treatment is working, and the acupuncture point is being activated.

Why Acupuncture Needle Insertion is Rarely Felt

You might be wondering why acupuncture needle insertion is rarely felt. It's all about technique! The truth is that skilled acupuncturists have extensive training in needle technique. They know precisely how to insert the needles gently and painlessly. The delicate nature of the needles allows for a virtually painless experience.

Addressing Needle Phobia and Fear

For those who have a fear of needles or needle phobia, it's crucial to find an acupuncturist who understands and respects your fear. You should feel comfortable discussing your concerns and apprehensions before starting the treatment. A skilled acupuncturist will be sensitive to your fears and take extra care to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Remember, your fears are valid, and it's important to find a practitioner who takes them seriously. At Wildflower Acupuncture, we take a minimalistic approach with new patients. Everyone's body is different and everyone responds differently to acupuncture. There are many different types of needles and it's not a one size fits all. We work with you and take time to find the perfect experience for each patient.

If you have been contemplating acupuncture but have been hesitant due to the fear of needles, it's time to give it a try! Book an appointment at Wildflower Acupuncture. Embrace the opportunity to improve your well-being and enjoy a more relaxed and pain-free life.

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