How to Prepare for Treatment
Before a treatment it is best to eat a light meal or snack so you are not arriving on an empty stomach. Water will be provided for you, but please be prepared with your own for after. Wear loose clothing if possible, a gown can also be provided Please try to avoid caffeine if possible and any other stimulants. Do not wear strong perfume or cologne. If you are in pain and have a prescribed Rx and need to take at a certain time, please do not skip it. But if the medication is only "as needed" or over the counter anti-inflammatory, it is best to wait 24 hours before and after to allow the acupuncture to do its thing :)
After treatment it is best to try and relax for a good period of time. Recommended NOT to do strenuous exercise or heavy lifting 24 hours post treatment. Gentle yoga, stretching, swimming and light walking is appropriate. Please try and drink at least a gallon of water within 24 hours as well. Take all activity slow and mindfully. Breathe deep in and slow out whenever you are reminded to slow down.
how will i feel after?
All treatments are based on individuals as a whole.
It is very much subjective on how you will feel after acupuncture. You may feel a little dizzy or light headed as you get up from the table. This is normal unless you haven't eaten before coming in. Take your time off the table and drink water before you leave.
Will my pain go away immediately?
Again, everyone is different. Some people are more open to the effects as they perhaps are leading a healthier lifestyle as far as diet exercise and emotions go. If your pain is chronic, it is suggested to be patient with your body. The body in pain is much like teaching a dog a new trick. The treatments must be consistent and close together at first for dramatic and lasting results.
Take note of how you feel moment by moment without judgement or frustration.
Acupuncture is an energetic medicine. It focuses on realigning the body. Often physical pain may be caused by emotional factors. Long standing grief, repressed anger, fear, anxiety, depression all can cause pain and imbalance if not dealt with properly. This is why taking an antidepressant is usually just masking the underlying problem. Acupuncture can help bring emotions to the surface. When this happens, it is necessary to understand what is happening is a release, also a detox. Take time for yourself in these moments. Journaling, painting, singing, dancing, walking in nature all or whatever calls to you will help sort out the commotion.
new symptoms may arrise
It is much like peeling the layers of an onion. We may be working on one thing and something else pops up. This is normal. The body has a way of adapting to pain and stress until it is too much to bare. Be sure to talk to the Physician about each change, good or bad that is manifesting during the course of a treatment. This will help adjust the body as it is.
cupping and gua sha
After these modalities it is best to do the following:
- Keep the area covered for a few days. Not that its not fashionable these days. When the toxins are pulled to the surface, your body is more susceptible to wind and cold. Physically catching a cold can happen if left uncovered.
- Drink way more water than usual to help flush the body.
- Much like a deep tissue massage, pain can be exacerbated or different for a couple days after. Be patient, stretch, breathe deep and take Epsom Salt baths if possible
This is a DETOX treatment. You may feel worse before it gets better, depending on the level of pain, stagnation and toxins.
Diet and nutrition
The Physician may recommend a certain diet or nutritional counseling. Help me to help you! Meat products such as pork and beef and all processed foods are highly inflammatory. Please be prepared to follow a strict diet for at least 21 days as your body heals. A good plan is to stick to the produce isle, prefer organic and limit meat to fish and healthy chicken. Otherwise you are butting heads with the treatment and possibly just wasting your time and money.
True healing can occur over time! Our bodies are amazing and programmed to heal themselves. All to often we don't take the time to listen to the subtle whispers, ie symptoms. We push them aside or mask them with prescriptions, drugs, alcohol, food and/or unhealthy relationships. Having this physical machine and not even knowing how it works sometimes, yet drive it around like there is no tomorrow. It starts with AWARENESS, as well as being sick and tired of being sick and tired. Acupuncture is PREVENTATIVE just as much as it is treatment. Namaste!
Amy Upholz, AP