If you're considering holistic treatments for the first time, you probably have many questions about the various procedures. To learn more about acupuncture, read below for short answers from The Olympus Center in New York City to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Our patients typically experience a mild sensation with the insertion of the fine gauge needles. They feel warming, mild tingling, or pressure, but rarely do they feel pain, and any sensations are usually brief and easily tolerable. Most patients look forward to the experience of each treatment. Our patients find it very relaxing and sometimes fall asleep.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. All needles used in our acupuncture practice are sterile and used only once, then disposed, to eliminate risk of infection. It’s very important to find a licensed practitioner with whom you feel comfortable.
What should I expect during my first visit?
This includes a comprehensive evaluation and consultation pertaining to your primary complaint, additional symptoms and health issues. It lasts for an hour and depending on the complexity of your situation, it may or may not include acupuncture. That day, typically herbs are prescribed at the first visit. The session also includes a physical exam including pulse and tongue diagnosis and where appropriate, an evaluation of body mechanics, spinal alignment, musculoskeletal issues, meridian and abdominal palpation. After your diagnosis and a treatment plan are discussed, we will perform an acupuncture treatment which may include acupressure and other body work techniques. Certainly this first visit will include an acupuncture treatment if you suffer from acute or severe pain.