Things You Need to Know Before Scheduling Your First Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture has been around for ages, but due to a growing desire for alternative and complementary therapy options, many people are turning to it to treat a variety of problems. From aches and pains to digestive disorders and skin conditions, acupuncture is a very effective treatment, one you can even have done in your own home.
If you’ve never had an acupuncture treatment before, you might be wondering what to expect. Here are a few things to know before your scheduled acupuncturist shows up on your doorstep.
Eat something first
A few hours before your treatment, make sure you eat something. It’s best to do so for your body to have the proper energy that will unleash the full potential of this treatment. If you don’t eat first, you may feel dizzy or faint.
Wear loose clothing
To keep you covered and maximize their reach, your best choice is to wear loose-fitting clothing that can be rolled up with ease. In this way, you can keep areas that aren’t being treated covered and feel comfortable.
Prepare to stick out your tongue
You’ll likely need to show your tongue to your acupuncturist and may need your pulse taken and abdomen pressed too. Acupuncturists are trained to care for your internal organs, and by using these methods, they can find the best way to treat you.
Don’t be shy answering questions
The first time you see an acupuncturist, they will likely ask you some questions about your bathroom habits, such as bowel movements and urination. For women, you’ll be asked about menstruation. Try not to be embarrassed. These details help them to help you sort out your health and give you the treatment you need for full healing.
You won’t feel a thing
If needles scare you, don’t worry with acupuncture. These needles are much thinner. So thin that you won’t feel a thing both when they’re inserted and when they’re firmly in place. Needles are never reused so you don’t need to worry about contracting diseases.
They also do more than just poke you
Needles are just one of the ways acupuncturists perform their therapies. They also provide acupressure, massage, skin scraping, cupping, heating of the skin, and energy healing.
Now that we’ve taken the mystique out of what happens at an acupuncture appointment, you can set one up in your own home on your own time. While you shouldn’t feel pain during it, if you feel uncomfortable at all, say something. It is a treatment that should be relaxing and enjoyable, and your acupuncturist wants to make sure your experience is an uplifting one that helps you feel better all around.