Does acupuncture hurt?

Usually you do not feel much at all, and most people are deeply relaxed and/or asleep once all the needles have been placed. Acupuncture needles are actually quite small (about the thickness of a cat whisker), only go a few millimeters under the skin, and are designed specifically to be very smooth and comfortable for patients. Interestingly as well, we DO NOT have to place the needles where the pain or problem is located. For example, we can treat back and hip pain using points on the arms and legs.