When I set out to write this post, what I thought I was going to say to all of you was this:
I know you say you don’t like needles and I believe you are telling the truth. But have no fear! Acupuncture needles are not the same as the needles that you are scared of. You don’t like hypodermic needles. Acupuncture needles are different! They are small. Really small. Acupuncture needles are not hollow. They are solid and – did I mention – very, very small. Check out this picture:
40 acupuncture needles (yes I said 40!!) can fit into the head of a standard hypodermic needle! Wow! They are so super small that most of the time you don’t even feel them going in. Occasionally, you might feel a small pinch or a tiny *zing* when the needle is entered. It is a mild and fleeting sensation that is usually replaced with a welcomed feeling of complete and total relaxation. Here is another picture to demonstrate the actual size of these tiny things.
They are thin. Small. Tiny. Itsy-bitsy. Barely noticeable.
Yes, that is what I thought I was going to say to all of you. And then I started doing a little research. What I discovered was this:
There are some of you – most of you – who have not had good experiences with hypodermic needles. Whether at the doctor’s office or dentist or hospital – something happened involving a hypodermic needle or needles that left you less than happy. Believe me. I get it. They hurt! They suck! And so emerged your uneasy feelings about needles. And to you I say – give acupuncture a try! I believe you will find these needles so completely different that you will want to start a petition to call them something other than “needles.” Even if you need to start with just one needle to experience the difference – Tim will be able to work with you. So to you I say, “Go for it!” It really will be ok.
But there are some of you whose fear of needles is more than just a mild, “I don’t like needles.” For you it goes much deeper. You have debilitating tie-my-arms-and-legs-down-if-you-are-planning-on sticking-me-with-anything fear. This kind of fear or phobia comes from a much deeper trauma and is probably something that could be diagnosed as such by a trained professional. To you I say: There is a very real possibility that the needling part of acupuncture is not for you. And that is totally ok. Not everything is for everyone. The good news is there are other things that can be done! At CSCA, we offer options that don’t require needles including ear seeds and herbs. Stop by and chat with us for more information about what we can offer you for your specific situation.
Do you have a fear of needles that you have overcome in order to get acupuncture? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us your story in the comments below.