Many people have a fear of needles for one reason or another. I have heard several times that the fear of needles is the #1 reason why people have yet to receive acupuncture, even though they are curious about the benefits. Even though many people in their lives benefit in numerous ways that no other therapy has provided for them.
This reminds me of the mnemonic I once learned about fear:
F.E.A.R. ~ false expectations appearing real
Here is a great illustration that gets to the point. (Pun intended :)
Size does matter! Acupuncture needles are TINY!
An acupuncture needle is very small, much smaller than a hypodermic/injection needle and is pain free. In fact, approximately 20 acupuncture needles can fit inside the shaft of a hypodermic needle, they are that small.
Not only does acupuncture not cause pain, the benefits of acupuncture has a large span of what it can treat. Acupuncture can help the prevention of disease, potentially reverse disease, postpone or prevent surgery, relieve pain and discomfort in the body, balance hormones, reduce stress and ease anxiety.
Acupuncture is a successful adjunct therapy to Western conventional treatments, physical therapy, chiropractic, naturopathy, soma structural integration, rolfing, massage and personal trainers/coaches.
The bonus of acupuncture treatments?
Most people fall asleep during their treatments!
Best nap ever... or so I am told ; )
Bottom line, it does not hurt to receive acupuncture.
~ Dr. Catherine Dayhoff, DAOM, LAc
Catherine is a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine. She received her doctorate from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Catherine is a Certified Orthopedic Acupuncturist with advanced training to work with sport injury, and pain management from acute or chronic pain.