20140304_Ryan Smith_SM119Is acupuncture safe for children?
Absolutely. Children may even respond faster to treatment compared to adults. For children afraid of needles, the acupuncture points may be messaged—a technique called acupressure.

Does acupuncture hurt? How does it feel?
The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin—about the width of a human hair, or less. While some people may feel a small amount of pain as the needles are inserted, many people don’t feel anything.

Once the needles are in, many people feel sensations of tingling, heaviness, or numbness. You may experience a Qi sensation—a pulse of energy swirling around and from the needle’s point. Afterwards, you may feel an unexpected swell of energy, or alternatively, you might feel a profound state of relaxation.

How deep do the needles go?
Needles are typically are placed between 1/8” and 1 ½” deep, though the depth depends on the area of the body.

How should I prepare for my treatment?
To begin, simply relax. Do your best to avoid stress and try to be well rested on the day of your appointment. Refrain from large meals, drugs, and alcohol for up to six hours before and after your visit.

Before your treatment, we recommend wearing comfortable clothing and making a list of any questions you may have for our staff—our priority is putting you at ease. After your session, pay attention to changes within your body, such as pain alleviation or new sensations.

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