Does Acupuncture hurt?

Generally speaking, acupuncture should not be painful. You may feel a dull ache, perhaps a feeling of electricity or tingling, a sensation of heat or cold, or it may just feel strange. Sometimes you can feel Qi running up or down the body or a limb.

The acupuncturist may manipulate the needles to achieve better treatment results, and you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness tingling or dull ache. Occasionally you may feel a sharp sting or needle prick. This should pass almost immediately and does not have any lasting sensation. If it still hurts, tell your practitioner right away so they can adjust or remove the needle.

Occasionally you may feel a throbbing ache, which may also be somewhat uncomfortable, especially if you are being treated for a chronic condition. At no time, though, should you have any sensation that is beyond your tolerance level. If you do, let your practitioner know right away. The fact is that the vast majority of clients report that, after a while, they begin to feel a real sense of well-being and relaxation.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is safe when it is practiced by qualified Registered Acupuncturist. In Alberta look for the letters R.Ac. behind the acupuncturists name. This means they have completed the necessary 3 years of theory and clinic hours, as well as passed the national certification exam to become licensed. Alberta is the only province to include a practical evaluation examination as part of the licensing criteria.

Needles used for acupuncture are fine, sterile, disposable, single use, stainless steel implements. Negative side effects can occur such as bruising, minor bleeding, temporary soreness, pain and discomfort. One can also feel a bit light-headedness, nausea or even faint during treatment. We insist that you have eaten prior to your appointment because of this!

The best side effects of acupuncture? Feeling euphoric, relaxed, pain-free! There are virtually no adverse effects or complications because it is an all-natural, drug-free therapy.

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