For thousands of years, the Chinese have been practicing acupuncture to relieve individuals of tension headaches, migraines and osteoarthritis. The treatment involves gently inserting needles into the patient’s body, targeting locations that can stimulate hormone release and endorphin production. Although there is nothing to fear in acupuncture, it’s common for first-time patients to feel slightly nervous and apprehensive. In this blog, we share what to expect at your fist acupuncture appoint and how to properly prepare for it.
Before Your Visit
Avoid strenuous activity before your appointment. That isn’t to say you should be completely immobile before and after treatment, but you shouldn’t be pushing your body to the edge at the gym, either. If you anticipate getting hungry before the appointment, make sure you eat at least 2 hours beforehand. While you don’t want to show up to your appointment extremely full, you also don’t want to show up on an empty stomach – acupuncture can cause you to feel light-headed and dizzy if you haven’t eaten. Be sure to wear loose clothing that is comfortable, which will give the acupuncturist to have access to target areas.
The most important thing to remember during your appointment is to relax. Close your eyes, try to lie still, take a few deep breathes and focus on the areas that need healing. You can expect to feel a tiny prick with the needle is inserted, but you should feel nothing after that initial poke. If you do feel a sharp nerve pain, let your acupuncturist know so he or she can remove and reinsert the needle elsewhere.
After the Appointment
Side effects from an acupuncture treatment can vary – some may feel energized while others may feel relaxed or even tired. Because it’s important to give your body time to rest after an acupuncture appointment, avoid any vigorous exercise and refrain from alcohol consumption for several hours. If you notice some minor bruising, don’t be alarmed: it’s common for slight bruising to occur in the areas where needles were inserted.
Manhattan Sports Therapy’s lead physician Dr. Rolland Nemirvosky is a board-certified Chiropractic Sports Physician who has successfully treated patients from an array of different backgrounds. If you’re suffering from osteoarthritis or neck pain, call our office at (646) 798-1330 to schedule anacupuncture appointment today.