Acupuncture has been around for centuries, although many still view it as an “alternative” treatment for pain. If you’ve tried every conventional method of pain relief, yet are still hurting, you may want to consider this ancient art of healing. Millions of people can not be wrong, and you’ve got nothing to lose in trying to find relief with it.
You should not let acupuncture scare you. A lot of people are reluctant about using acupuncture because they do not like needles. Keep in mind that the needles are very thin and you will not feel them. You will only feel their relaxing effects on your nerve endings as your acupuncturist performs a treatment.
Avoid over-eating right before your acupuncture appointment. Although you should not go on an empty stomach, as this can lead to feeling dizzy, you can’t be too full either. Call and ask for guidance with the receptionist if you’re not sure, but don’t take any chances by indulging in a big meal a few hours prior to going.
One of the benefits of acupuncture is increased energy levels. A lot of people report higher energy levels for days and weeks following a session. Relaxation is typically the immediate sensation experienced, but heightened energy is often close on its heels.
Always ask to see credentials for your acupuncture practitioner before a session. In some areas, there are specific regulations for practicing this alternative therapy, and in others, no regulations exist. Make sure that you only visit with someone reputable in order to keep yourself safe and comfortable during your treatment process.
If your acupuncture therapist starts to place needles between your eyes, on your abdomen or in other unusual spots, do not be alarmed. Sometimes the pressure points he must reach are located in these areas, and it is quite normal to place needles there. An added bonus is that these areas typically hurt less than other areas where needles are placed, making the session a more pleasant one.
Some acupuncture professionals will use scraping tools, wood to bring warmth to an area or special magnifying glasses to enhance a session. While these are all normal tools of the trade, they are not ones that we are familiar with in Western medicine. If you are not comfortable with them, declining their use is perfectly fine.
As you would with many other services, schedule a consultation with any prospective acupuncturists. These generally last 10-15 minutes, but they can give you an idea of whether or not they are right for you. Ask them any questions that you have, talk about their experience and education, express any concerns, and pay attention to how they make you feel in their office. If you ever feel uncomfortable, try someone else.
Acupuncture isn’t some new fad designed to take your money and leave you in pain; it’s a tried and true method of healing and improving lives! Hopefully this article has opened your eyes to the possibilities and convinced you to give it a try. All it takes is one visit, and you should be feeling less pain!