If this is your first time having acupuncture, or you are just thinking about it, you might not know what to expect. Here is a description of a basic treatment.
You will be asked to undress to your comfort level. Even if you come in with a headache, points may be needled on your arms and legs so often times I have people in shorts and a tank top or just underwear. (The room and table is very warm to accomodate)
After talking with you, and discovering your complaints, I will look at your tongue and feel your pulse to see where there might be imbalance in your body. I might have you do some orthopedic tests or watch you move a limb or walk. This will inform me where you may need treatment. I also palpate a lot to find your areas of discomfort. After I do this, I will have you lay face up or face down on a warm massage table where I will palpate for your acupuncture points to be treated.
Typically, 10 small needles are inserted around the body to harmonize the painful dysfunctional patterns in the body's soft tissue. Needles are not painful, they are very thin, and if they are uncomfortable, I will fix them. Nothing is excruciating. It feels more like a mosquito bite. Many people deeply relax while the needles are in and some people can feel energy circulating throughout their body. This may be a new experience for you but it is a good thing. I have you rest about 20 minutes with the needles in. Some people fall asleep!
After this I take the needles out and reassess you. You will likely feel a lot better than when you came in. If there is lingering pain, I might try a quick treatment or put ear seeds in to manage the pain. You might feel an endorphin rush after the treatment. Some people might get achy after the treatment the following day which will then subside and leave you in less pain.