Because the needles used are so thin, there is generally little to no pain involved with an Acupuncture treatment and most find the experience to be pleasantly calming. The degree of perceived pain or discomfort, however, can depend on the technique and the sensitivity of an individual practitioner. At Orlando Holistic Acupuncture, we are committed to the most gentle approach to practicing Acupuncture that adjusts to the sensitivity of each patient to ensure little or no discomfort.
In most cases, a sensation, felt by the patient, is desired. This sensation, which is not pain, is called deqi (pronounced dah-chee). The following techniques are some which may be used by an Acupuncturist immediately following insertion: Raising and Thrusting, Twirling or Rotation, Combination of Raising/Thrusting and Rotation, Plucking, Scraping (vibrations sent through the needle), and Trembling (another vibration technique). Once again, techniques are carefully chosen based on the ailment.
While Acupuncture can be used for a wide range of ailments, its most common use today is for the relief of pain. For example acupuncture effectively treats severe tension headaches, migraine, acute backaches, shoulder and neck aches, muscle related injuries, post-surgery recovery, sports injuries, tennis elbow, tooth aches, abdominal pains, arthritic pains, rheumatic pains, sciatica and frozen shoulder.