In general, a small prick when the needle is first inserted is all that a patient will feel during an acupuncture session.
Pain during an acupuncture session may be associated with different things. The current mental and physical condition of a patient will alter the level of discomfort. If the condition is more severe, it will also affect the outcome of acupuncture and the level of pain.
The time of the day when receiving acupuncture can also intensify physical sensations. For example, after work when an individual is tired or stressed can cause treatment to be more uncomfortable.
Posture and movement can also affect comfort during acupuncture. It is not necessary to be completely still; however, it is recommended to keep the area being treated still to reduce the chance of pain. Moving other parts of the body whilst being treated should not have an impact on pain.
Patients may also experience other sensations apart from pain whilst having acupuncture. Feelings of electricity, itchiness and heaviness of limbs, or a combination of these may also be present.
Qi starts from the hands and feet and moves outwards throughout the body. Energy is very concentrated below the knees and below the elbows, especially in the hands and the feet, so patients may experience stronger physical effects