Do you tend to sleep through your acupuncture sessions? You're not alone. In fact, many people report that their eyelids become heavy the moment the acupuncturist places the first few needles.View Article
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Is your fear of needles preventing you from taking advantage of the many benefits of acupuncture? Many people have some degree of needle phobia, but fortunately, the fear can often be managed with a few techniques that reduce anxiety and stress.
Familiarizing Yourself with Acupuncture Practices is the First Step
Do you picture hypodermic needles when you think about acupuncture? Although large hollow needles are needed for drawing blood or injecting a flu vaccine, hypodermic needles are much too big for acupuncture treatments. In fact, acupuncture needles are about as thin as 2 strands of hair and bend at the slightest touch.
Needles are used for clearing blocked meridians that carry Qi, a life force necessary for good physical and emotional health. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles don't have to be inserted deeply to be effective. Although some people report a very slight pinching sensation when the needles are first inserted, many people don't feel anything at all. Once the needles are in place, you might notice a warm, tingling or heavy feeling as the Qi is unblocked and begins to flow through your body.
6 Techniques That May Help Relieve Your Fears
Needle phobias can often become overcome, thanks to several techniques designed to reduce fear. If you're eager to try acupuncture, try one or more of these fear-reducing techniques:
Would you like to try acupuncture, but are concerned that your fear of needles will make treatment impossible? We provide a caring, supportive environment and will take the time to help ease your fears. Call us to schedule your first appointment.
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Psych Central: Using Applied Tension for Blood and Needle Phobias
The Clinical Journal of Pain: Interventions for Individuals with High Levels of Needle Fear, 10/31/15
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine: The Top Reasons People Don't Get Acupuncture (and Why They Should)