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What to Know Before Your First Acupuncture Appointment

18128173 MLA natural way to relieve pain and reduce stress in the body, acupuncture is often used to help cancer patients, as well as individuals suffering from chronic migraines and intense back pain. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that continues to grow in popularity here in the United States.

Preparing for your first acupuncture session? Anthony Medical & Chiropractic Center has some advice that will help ensure the most positive treatment experience possible.

Eat a Snack

While you probably don’t want to have a big meal before your acupuncture treatment, a light snack is recommended to prevent dizziness from occurring after your session. Whether you munch on a granola bar on your way to your acupuncturist’s office or eat a salad an hour before your visit, your body will thank you and will be able to enjoy the treatment to its fullest.

Wear Loose Clothing

To ensure that your acupuncturist can place their needles with ease, wear a loose fitting top and pants that can easily be rolled above the knees. Gym shorts or yoga pants are both great options, allowing your acupuncturist to work without requiring you to remove your clothing like you would for a massage.

Be Ready for Questions

Before your session begins, your acupuncturist will likely take your pulse, give you and quick physical and ask you some questions about bowel movements and urination. Answer honestly and with as much detail as possible, as these questions play a major role in deciding on the best treatment for your body and symptoms.

Expect Side Effects

While you are probably visiting your acupuncturist to relieve a specific pain, there are some incredible side effects that you will feel after your sessions! Acupuncture can help to regulate bowel movements, improve sleep quality and reduce stress, leading to an overall healthier mind and body.

You shouldn’t feel any negative side effects after an acupuncture treatment, but you are sure to experience more benefits that you originally expected.

To learn more about acupuncture therapy and what it can do for you, contact Anthony Medical & Chiropractic Center at 254-899-2225. Located in Temple, Texas, our multi-specialty office works with Temple Acupuncture to provide the best possible treatment options for our patients.

Source: http://www.navacenter.com/community/article-library/browse/2015/07/15/9-things-you-should-know-before-your-first-acupuncture-therapy

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