Q.  What does acupuncture feel like?  Do the needles hurt?

A.  When the needles are placed it is common to feel a little pinch, mild sting or dull achy sensation; it should not be painful.  We do our best to gauge each patient’s sensitivity level (some people are more sensitive than others) and adjust our needling technique and the gauge of needles used based on each person’s feedback and response.  Our goal is to make sure each point on each person is comfortable.  We’ve needled many nervous first-timers and their responses are most commonly “that’s it?  I barely felt anything!”.

Learn more about needles here with Justine:

Q. Can you treat my back or hip pain if I’m seated in a recliner with my clothes on?  Don’t you need to put the needle exactly where I’m feeling pain?

headshot 1A.  Low back pain, hip pain and sciatica are a few of the most common conditions we treat in our practice – and these conditions tend to respond extremely well to acupuncture, even when no needles are placed at the site of pain.  Amazingly, there are acupuncture points located all over the body which are indicated for conditions occurring elsewhere.  We specialize in a distal style of needling and have extensive clinical experience effectively treating all types of conditions with this method.


Q.  How do I know when I feel done and ready to end my treatment?

A.  Most people feel drowsy or fall asleep during treatment.  When you feel like you’re rested, ready to get moving or possibly a little fidgety or restless it means you’re ready to go.  It’s pretty similar to the way you feel after you’ve woken up naturally.

Q.  Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

A.  Yes, and we are very experienced with it!  There are certain points which are contraindicated in pregnancy so we avoid them; otherwise, acupuncture is very beneficial, and can be used to alleviate many discomforts associated with pregnancy.  In fact, many midwives and obstetricians refer their pregnant patients to Acupuncture Together!

For a more extensive and interesting discussion about how acupuncture works and what it’s good for, we suggest reading Why Did You Put That Needle There?