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Acupuncture - if you have a needle against or near a nerve or your spine, would it be dangerous to move?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
I guess that would : Depend on the size of that needle and how close it is to any important structure and what move you are making
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Move how much: Needles are placed to contact a nerve's electric field when using major acupuncture points. If the needle approached the nerve to closely it would be be painful. Except in rare situations when I have a very shallow insertion the patient can usually move some. I move about all the time with needles in my neck and back. But usually people sit or lie quietly when needles are in place.

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