Each treatment starts off with a short but concise assessment as to ascertain the nature of the visit. After the short examination, the practitioner will determine which acupuncture sites will be needled. Anywhere from 10 to 25 needles may be used during a single visit, but this depends on the size of the treatment area. All needles are individually wrapped in a sterile container and are discarded in a sharps container after use. Needles are never reused or shared between patients. Acupuncture needles are incredibly thin and are very flexible. This allows for insertion to be pain free.
After the appropriate amounts of needles are inserted into the body, electricity may be hooked up to the needles with the use of alligator clips. After the electricity is turned on, you will feel a slight tapping or twitching sensation. This feeling is very comfortable and soothing. At no time throughout this process should you be in any extreme amounts of pain. Depending on the severity of the injury being treated, there may be some levels of discomfort, however for the most part acupuncture is a painless procedure. After lying down with the electricity on for about 12-15 minutes, the practitioner will remove the needles. This will commence the acupuncture portion of the treatment, but the practitioner may decide to supplement the treatment with other methods of therapy.