As you probably already know, Acupuncture can be a great therapeutic tool for a multitude of health disorders, from musculoskeletal pain to insomnia to infertility. However few people know how delicate these treatments can actually be, and when combined with certain activities of lifestyle choices, may be rendered less effective. If you are a responsible individual who is determined to progress your health in positive and holistic ways, take a look at the tips below to see how you can exponentially increase the therapeutic effects of your Acupuncture treatment to your benefit!
BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT
First of all, it's important to arrive at your Acupuncture appointment on time and in a moderately peaceful state. If you're overbooking yourself and squeezing an Acupuncture session in the hour between your yoga class and work meeting, you're not mentally giving your body enough time and space to allow the healing process to begin. Equally important is to come to your appointment with an open and clear mind. If you have already decided that Acupuncture and Chinese medicine probably won't be the thing that helps your back pain, you may not see as strong results as you would like to see. Do not underestimate the power of your mind and body connection.
Tight clothing is not only difficult to work around for an Acupuncturist, but it can constrict the circulation of qi and blood in the body, not allowing the energy needed to travel to the area in pain. Along with wearing loose clothing, if you are a tongue brusher, be sure not to do so on the day of your appointment while you are brushing your teeth in the morning. The tongue is a key diagnostic tool in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and we may be loosing important clues if you scrub it clean beforehand.
DURING THE APPOINTMENT
To be fully present during your appointment, it's important that you trust your acupuncturist. If you are nervous about being needled, let them know so they can go extra slowly and gently. Just remember that Acupuncturists get years of training and have most likely seen the exact problem you are in coming in with many times before. Keep your cell phone off during your treatment, so you can focus 100% on relaxing and healing. If your mind is consistently stressed out during your treatments, it can distract your energy from focusing on the problem needing care, and instead get stuck in your head with overactive thoughts!
Pay attention to how your body is feeling the next few days. Has your knee pain subsided? Is your headache not gone but simply less intense? Were you able to fall asleep faster? What about those food cravings? Sometimes people aren't aware of the subtle details of their body, and it can be very helpful for an Acupuncturist to gauge the effectiveness of the treatment by these small clues.
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