Hypodermic needles are typically between 25-27 gauges, and most acupuncture needles range between 30-40. The largest I use is a 32 gauge, and that’s for treating pain. Larger needles help break up stagnation and muscle spasms, but otherwise, thinner needles are the way to go.
What size needles are used for acupuncture?
Commonly used acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel, with sizes from 26 to 40 gauge and lengths from 0.5 inch to 2.5 inches. Because of the small size, quite often people describe an acupuncture needle as a “painless needle.” The tip of an acupuncture needle is blunt, even though it is very tiny.
How deep does an acupuncture needle go?
How deep do the needles go? The needle depth varies depending on location and what is being treated. Generally the needles are inserted approximately ¼- to ½-inch deep.
What is the longest acupuncture needle?
Needles are measured in gauges, and the higher the gauge, the smaller the diameter. Hypodermic needles are typically between 25-27 gauges, and most acupuncture needles range between 30-40. The largest I use is a 32 gauge, and that’s for treating pain.
Where are acupuncture needles inserted on a patient’s body?
These points are believed to correspond with specific organs, emotions or sensory feelings. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.
How often should dry needling be done?
How many sessions of dry needling will I need? Results’ dry needling patients average 2-3 sessions, and will not use more than 5-6 except in rare circumstances. Often we will use dry needling once or twice per week out of 2-3 visits.
What’s the difference in dry needling and acupuncture?
Dry needling is focused on using strong stimulation on the muscles to get them to release. Acupuncture, on the other hand, does not use strong stimulation and it is based on channel theory and using points to heal the body naturally.
What are the disadvantages of acupuncture?
The possible risks of acupuncture are:
- It is dangerous if a patient has a bleeding disorder or takes blood thinners.
- Bleeding, bruising, and soreness may occur at the insertion sites.
- Unsterilized needles may infect the patient.
- In rare cases, a needle may break and damage an internal organ.
How often should you have acupuncture?
For instance, we often suggest getting acupuncture treatment two or three times a week for the first few weeks. After that initial series of acupuncture treatments, you might only need a “tune-up” treatment session once a week or every couple of weeks to maintain your health.