You might think it sounds crazy, but children love acupuncture. We have parents and kids come into Watsonville Community Acupuncture, a little shy, a little curious and a little afraid about how kids respond to needles. The exciting news is that most of our kid patients and all their parents leave our clinic happy, healthier and asking their when they can return. Why is this? Because kids love acupuncture! It is true!
All of our practitioners at Watsonville Community Acupuncture have extensive experience in working with kids and common childhood aliments.
Kids come and see us when they have:
In today’s world, most of us have a fear of needles; shots and immunizations at the doctors just do not feel good, but as anyone who has had acupuncture knowns, acupuncture needles are really different, very small and only have a slight amount of discomfort when inserted. Acupuncturist also have many tools and needles don’t always have to be used (especially in children).
Most treatments for children begin with a really fun and effective pediatric acupressure massage technique call “Tuina” (TWEE-NA). This massage helps stimulate the immune system so they can be healthier kids all around. As the kids and acupuncturist develop a relationship of trust and respect, then the acupuncturist can introduce needles as an addition to their treatment.
It is important to note that at the WCA we don’t call needles, “needles” to kids and we like to train our parents to not use the word “needle” in the beginning with kids. At the WCA in children’s treatments we replace “needles with names like “dink, sinks” and “taps” that don’t sound as scary. We also love to have fun, so we call acupuncture points, “angle wings” “rhinosuars horns” and “mermaid tails” to not only stimulate imagination in children, but to also talk to them about what those acupuncture points can do for them in a way kids can remember.
One of Corey Miller’s regular children patients a young girl named Franny. Franny was scared at first of needles at first, but at the end of her first treatment she got 5 “dink, sinks” and at the end proclaimed, “I love acupuncture! WHY DID I WAIT SOOOOO LONG?!”. We all smiled and loved that she said that because it is true, most people wonder why they waited so long too
I know you and your children will feel the same too!
Make an appointment today! Don’t wait to long
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