Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick hair. They are solid, and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncture practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation.
Prior to their first treatment, many people do not believe that acupuncture can be painless. Sometimes the initial sensation is that of a mosquito bite. Commonly, sensations of warmth or pressure may be felt. This energetic sensation differs from pain. Patients often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and relaxing.
In some cases it is not necessary to use needles at all. For example, when treating young children, infants or sensitive adults, there are other techniques which are equally as effective. If you have a fear of needles, please discuss it with us. An appropriate treatment strategy can always be agreed upon.