It sounds like they wouldn’t be game; it does involve needles after all, but acupuncture is surprisingly accepted by the majority of children I have treated. Over the past 20 years, I have successfully treated children ranging in age from 5 years old through the teen years for conditions that include frequent colds, allergies, stomach upset, anxiety, pain, including muscle sprains and strains, Amblyopia (lazy eye) and menstrual issues.
I find that children respond remarkably well to acupuncture. Because of their youth and vitality, they often have rapid results and many enjoy the sessions. One of my 6-year-old patients used to ask her mother for acupuncture treatments every few months. She just knew when that was what she needed.
If you are considering acupuncture for your child, the key is to get them on board before the initial session. If they understand that it is something that can help them, they are often quite willing to try it. The needles do not hurt, and I spend a good amount of time in the first session getting the child comfortable with me, letting them see the needles, and letting them experience an insertion before I have them lie on the treatment table. I let them know that at any time they can ask me to stop and end the treatment. Once the needles are in place, I ask the child to lie still, darken the room and play soothing music. For young children, I require the parent to stay in the room during the session. They may fall asleep or just enjoy the relaxation that comes with an acupuncture session.
The experience of acupuncture is a wonderful gift to give your child. Not only is it a natural way to treat many conditions, but you also give them an early experience of a method of care that can become a lifelong resource for them to utilize in maintaining good health.
Acupuncture is suitable for many different needs in the body. Karen Borla L. Ac. at Quan Yin Healing Arts Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in West Hartford, CT, offers compassionate support and a holistic approach to health and wellness. Her treatments provide natural stress relief and are used to remedy a variety of conditions. To learn more, call (860) 523-9493 or visit her online.