People experience Acupuncture needling differently. It is most common for patients to feel no pain when the needles are inserted, but a small few will have minimal pain when the needle is inserted, typically in one or a few locations. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.
In our office we use sterilized , disposable needles. They are used only once on the patient and then properly disposed. There is absolutely no risk of infection from the treatments.
Please note that if you want the benefits of Acupuncture without the use of needles, we do offer Acupuncture without needles. This form of Acupuncture is called Meridian Therapy and in our office this would be generally in the form of laser with microcurrent. This method is completely painless and does not need to be felt by the patient for it to be just as successful as needle Acupuncture. This is safe and comfortable for a child or an adult.