What is something that is so misunderstood in Acupuncture?

Hi, I'm Hilary Patzer. I'm a licensed Acupuncturist working out of Minneapolis, MN. I am also the Viking's contracted acupuncturist, so I get to work on some pretty incredible athletes and people. My private practice is called Jada Studios, and it is located in the International Market Square building. 

What is something that is misunderstood in Acupuncture?

For me, it's that it is scary and it hurts. I get it. I'm not a big fan of needles either, but if I held the needle up here, you wouldn't even see the blade that I insert. The two biggest questions I get from patients prior to seeing me are does it hurt and is it scary. And I say, no and no. Does it hurt? No. But there is a sensation. But that sensation is an exciting thing. It is your body waking up. It's your body recognizing that something is wrong and that it needs to change. 

It doesn't hurt. It's not like getting a shot. And when you come and see me, it's a laid back, easy going, fun experience. Often people fall asleep on the table with 30 to 40 needles in them. It's nothing to be shy of and to keep putting off and off and off if you are looking for a therapy that might fit into your lifestyle or might work better than what you are currently doing. 

About Hilary

Hilary Patzer, L. Ac.  is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist in MN. Being an athlete herself and having worked with pro and elite athletes since 2009, she believes that it takes a fusion of sports medicine, holistic healing, and manual therapies to keep people performing at their best. This video is part of our Educational Series at Trailhead Health, where our community of amazing Doctors and Practitioners share their experiences to help answer your health-related questions.