You should wear loose and comfortable clothing when preparing to have acupuncture. In some cases, the doctor may need you to partially disrobe to access some parts of the body for needle insertion. In these cases a robe is usually offered for modesty.
Acupuncture is generally not painful, however there may be some areas that are more sensitive than others.A treatment session usually lasts from 30-45 minutes although they can last up to an hour. During you will be situated in a comfortable position (most times lying). The doctor may come and stimulate the needle occasionally. Some practitioners use music to help relax you during treatment. Treatments are usually done once to twice a week to see the best results.As a general rule you can expect to feel better after a treatment. Some people however feel nothing after the first treatment. It typically takes 4-6 treatments to determine whether acupuncture will be effective for you.
People with acute injuries or illness will experience the most dramatic results sometimes having complete resolution after only one treatment. People with more long-standing conditions may experience slow improvement, may require more sessions, and may need maintenance treatments once in awhile.
If after a treatment you feel worse or experience any bad side effects, please notify your practitioner immediately. Sometimes with acupuncture a condition will get worse before it gets better, however it is always better to be safe.