By mingmengv4, Jul 2 2015 06:14AM
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
This is the second question I am usually asked by people, when they find out what my profession is. The first is usually, “can acupuncture treat that?” once I mention that acupuncture could treat the health issue they are talking about.
My usual reply to the “Does acupuncture hurt?” question is; “To say you feel nothing when receiving acupuncture would be a lie, however saying that acupuncture is painful would also be untrue. There is an unmistakable sensation, which feels like a pleasant ache, or you may feel very relaxed”.
I was watching the TV the other day, the item being discussed was regarding a new NHS health procedure, it wasn’t the health issue which perked my interest; it was the fact that the procedure was a little uncomfortable.
The healthcare professional talking about the procedure mentioned that, like a number of procedures such as having a mammogram, a prostate test or a cervical smear, that the procedure was uncomfortable but that a few moments of discomfort would lead to a lifetime of benefit.
When a person gives blood the insertion of the needle may be uncomfortable, but that acceptance of a little discomfort can give benefit to others in the form of the blood as blood transfusions or its components such as red blood cells which are often used to treat types of anaemia, platelets the cells in blood that help it to clot and plasma the yellow-coloured fluid that helps to carry all the different types of blood cells around the body, can be used positively!
This made me think “reflect” on the discomfort which may be felt by patients when they receive acupuncture. The procedure may be uncomfortable, depending on where the point of insertion is; hands and feet may be a little uncomfortable, whereas backs and thighs probably won’t have any sensation on insertion. The emphasis should be on the fact that the procedure may be a little uncomfortable however this will lead to palpable benefits.
Don’t think will it hurt, think, “It will do me good”!
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