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8 Things to do to prepare for an Acupuncture Treatment

Written by Jackie Graham   Posted in:Acupuncture Therapy   June 21, 2017

8 Things to do to prepare for an Acupuncture Treatment
1.      Planning
Try to avoid rushing to and from a treatment.  Rushing puts your heart rate up and can leave you feeling flustered.  Acupuncture in itself is calming but ideally you should go into a treatment feeling relaxed in order to make the most of it.
 
2.     Exercise
Try to avoid doing really tough work outs after acupuncture.  The treatment should leave you feeling calm and relaxed, diving into a circuit training class can dissipate that calmness.  Gentler exercises which make you sweat but don’t raise the heart rate are fine, i.e. yoga, pilates, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
 
3.     Eat
Avoid coming for acupuncture on an empty stomach, especially if this is your first treatment as you don’t know how your body might react to it.  If you haven’t eaten you might feel tired, light-headed and depleted after treatment.  Ideally have a meal about 2 hours beforehand.  If that’s not possible eat a banana prior to treatment.
 
4.     No Coffee or Tea
Neither of these for at least 2 hours beforehand.  Both are stimulants which raise the heart rate and can stain the tongue, making it more difficult for your acupuncturist to make an accurate diagnosis.
 
5.     No Alcohol
Definitely no alcohol before a treatment and ideally none afterwards.  Acupuncture aims to bring more awareness to your body and your thoughts.  Having this impaired by alcohol can disrupt and weaken the treatment.
 
6.      Medical History
Your acupuncturist will want to know all about your previous medical history; surgeries, accidents, medication and family health history.  It can save time if you have jotted these down beforehand.
 
7.      Wear Loose Clothing
It is easier if you wear loose clothing.  Sometimes you will have to remove your clothes, particularly if your back is being treated.  But often you can stay clothed as long as you wear things that roll up above the elbows, the knees and enable access to your belly.
 
8.     Turn off Mobile Phone
Ideally turn it off completely, don’t just leave it on vibrate as any calls or messages will still be distracting.  Treat this as your time with no interruptions allowed.

‚ÄčIf you are interested in finding out if acupuncture could help you call Jackie on 07733 274745 or visit her website: www.jackiegrahamacupuncture.com


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