Q: What kind of needles are used with acupuncture? A: Thin, stainless steel, single-use, disposable needles. Q: Does acupuncture hurt? A: Typically not. Most patients experience no sensation with the insertion of an acupuncture needle. Sensations commonly felt include soreness, achiness, dullness, radiating/migratory sensations, heat, and ‘something that just can’t be described, but not unpleasant.’ Q: How many treatments will I need with acupuncture or massage? A: It depends on the severity of the condition being treated. Sometimes only a single treatment is required. Other times a course of treatments is. Self-care, diet, health supplements and herbal medicines can drastically reduce the number of treatments required. Q: Should I talk during a treatment session? A: Yes, you should! It’s important that you check in with me regularly regarding comfort, pressure, areas massaged, body position, and whether you are too hot or cold. Q: Do I have to completely undress? A: It’s only necessary to expose the area(s) of the body being treated, typically the injured area(s) of the body. Q: Will I be sore following a treatment? A: Sometimes, though this is actually a good sign. It means that I directly addressed the underlying issues causing you pain and structural dysfunction. Any soreness will only last between 12-36 hours. Drinking water, stretching and movement will reduce the soreness sooner.