Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, filiform needles into specific points on the body, chosen for their specific benefits.The practice of acupuncture involves theories regarding the human body, the way the body interacts with its environment, and the recognition that the mind, body, and spirit are intricately connected. It acknowledges the existence of the meridians, and the vital energy that flows within, and between them. This energy is commonly referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”) in Chinese medicine. The goal of acupuncture is simply to unblock the places where lack of flow is causing pain and disease.
There are many ways of practicing acupuncture, some that are very gentle, and others that involve stronger stimulation. We tend to use techniques that are on the more gentle side, and try to minimize the number of needles in each treatment.
We feel acupuncture should be a very comfortable experience. Most people feel a tiny prick when the needle passes through the skin (MUCH less of a stick than a blood draw) and then no more discomfort. Commonly described sensations are mild tingling, warmth, or simply a feeling of relaxation in the areas where the needles are inserted.
Just can’t do needles? We offer many treatment options that do not involve needles and you can read about them here.