4: Dizziness or Light Headed on Getting Up
Another common side effect of acupuncture treatment is feeling dizzy or light headed when sitting up or getting off the treatment table. This is especially true the first time you have acupuncture treatment and if you are treated face down.
5: Emotional Release
Acupuncture treatment helps the body to move inflammation, fluid and energy. It is not uncommon for this to affect the person’s emotional energy as well. This release of emotional energy is generally a positive experience, but may cause some people to feel extra sensitive, tear-up or even cry. Not because of pain, but because of stress and emotions we sometimes stifle suddenly being released and free-flowing. This is a completely normal reaction but may surprise some people and catch you off guard.
6: Electrical Sensation
Some people may experience an electrical, shooting sensation when the needle is inserted. If this happens, alert your acupuncturist. This means a nerve may have been hit and the needle should be either be removed or left alone. If the acupuncturist continues to stimulate the need, it could potentially damage that nerve.
7: Rare Pneumothorax
If your acupuncturist inserts a thick and/or long needle in between your ribs, your pleural sack surrounding your lungs could be punctured causing a pneumothorax. Highly trained acupuncturists avoid this. At Common Ground Wellness, Louisville Acupuncture Clinic, we do not use needles long enough to cause a pneumothorax.