Traditional acupuncture, usually based on the principals of Traditional Chinese or Japanese Medicine, utilizes small, disposable, sterile needles, about the thickness of a kitten’s whisker, to penetrate the skin in order to stimulate acu-points; this stimulation is a communication between the outside of the body, and the inside, and helps regulate muscle, bone, nerve, tissue, organ, blood, cell, Qi, and brain function.
Although needle acupuncture is basically painless, upon insertion of a needle, the patient may feel a slight “pinching” sensation. Unlike what one might expect to feel when having blood drawn, an acupuncture needle feels more like a mosquito bite…if it’s even felt at all. If performed correctly, the patient should feel nothing once the needles are in place.
For best results using needle acupuncture, the needles should remain in place for roughly 30 minutes, as it takes that length of time for the body’s Qi energy to complete one cycle through each of the main meridians. In some more severe cases, the needles may be left in place longer, for a greater effect.
The number of needles used during each treatment will depend on which school of thought Dr Sweeney concludes would be best to address your particular issues. Some treatments may consist of 2 needles, while others may require many more. If you have a fear of needles, PLEASE discuss this with Dr. Sweeney; he will take this into consideration when creating your acupuncture treatment plan.