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Richard Pope LAc — FAQ


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.