Your acupuncturist will give you an exam and ask questions about your current issue, overall health and lifestyle. Then your provider will look for the places (called points) on your body and each of the points relates to certain health problems or body functions. Your provider will look for landmarks on your body-using certain muscles or bones, for example-to find the points so that he or she can place the needles. After the provider finds the points, he or she will quickly tap very thin needles into your skin. Treatment usually lasts for 15 minutes to an hour. Acupuncture is a process, compare it to physical therapy and do not expect miracles. The longer a condition has been taking place, the longer it will take to disappear. Most likely you will need several visits to complete your treatment and consistency is key.
What does it feel like? You may feel slight pressure when a needle goes in. Most people find that it doesn't hurt. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. The needles used in acupuncture are hair thin.