The arrival of a new year often brings with it resolutions to improve one’s comfort and well-being. Along with a better exercise regimen and/or weight loss goal, people often seek out alternative treatments to help guide them on their journeys towards a better quality of life and potentially living pain-free.
One such alternative treatment is acupuncture for pain relief.
Suffering from pain on a regular basis will affect your life. Pain that is present when you wake up and worsens throughout the day can be truly discouraging. For many individuals, acupuncture has been proven to relieve pain and help the body heal itself. Below you will find some tips to help you better understand our treatment and how it can help you with pain relief.
First, it is important that you familiarize yourself with acupuncture before your first session. Understand that there will be needles. These needles are extremely fine and generally do not cause any discomfort. If you’re afraid of needles, or if you get nervous around them, the best thing to do is ask others about their experience using acupuncture for pain relief. Visit our Testimonials page and read real-life experiences or our FAQ’s Page to learn more. You may also reach out to us directly so we can walk you through the process and help alleviate any concerns you may have.
Do not expect overnight miracles. While some people do feel much better after one session, others require more treatments to help them feel their best. If you find yourself part of the latter group, don’t be discouraged. As with any treatment, regimen, or program, exercise patience, and allow some time for your treatments to take effect.
Try and be selective about when your appointments are scheduled. Try not to schedule too close to a time when strenuous activities need to be performed. In addition, you should never schedule an appointment in the midst of a busy/hectic day. Acupuncture for pain relief treatments can often be very relaxing, scheduling in the midst of a hectic schedule can result in you having a much harder time relaxing.
Do not consume any alcoholic beverages prior to your appointment. One of the main goals of acupuncture for pain relief is to bring more awareness to how you feel; to bring clarity, if you will. Alcohol does the exact opposite. It numbs you, suppressing feelings and sensations, which is the exact opposite of what we want.
Wear loose clothing. This is so the acupuncturist can easily access and target the areas to help alleviate the pain making your therapy session easier for you and the practitioner.
Once you begin a course of acupuncture for pain relief treatment, stay with it. As with any holistic or therapeutic treatments, stopping before the treatment is complete is ill-advised. You may see great results sooner than you expect but this is not an excuse to finish up early. Allow the prescribed treatment length to run its course and then you can determine how your body has coped with it all.
Finally, be skeptical of any acupuncturist who says that they will “cure you” of any serious medical ailment or condition. Acupuncture has various benefits, but it can’t replace traditional medical treatments for very serious illnesses. Acupuncture can aid in helping your body to heal, but you should always consult with your physician regarding the risks and benefits.