You probably have a general idea of the benefits of acupuncture. This piece will help you sort through the voluminous information available on the subject. Read on to educate yourself about acupuncture.
Acupuncture might look like it is painful, however it only looks that way. Even though a doctor uses needles, they are very thin and do not cause any harm. Standing a few feet back, the needles are hardly visible. Usually, treatments are rather relaxing, though there is a chance that a small amount of discomfort may occur.
It is always best to ask a few questions to the acupuncturists you are interested in before scheduling an appointment. You need to ask if the acupuncturist is certified by the NCCAOM. The only way to get this certification is to earn a medical degree and do an acupuncture internship.
Ask your acupuncturist about insurance. Most policies do cover this service, if only up to a few hundred dollars. If you find that the practitioner will accept your insurance, the money you will save can really add up. If you don’t figure this out it could cost you quite a bit of money if you have to pay for all the fees.
Before your first acupuncture appointment, have a consultation with the therapist. You should be sat down by the acupuncturist so that they can figure out what kind of pain you’re dealing with. Don’t leave anything out. Also, tell them how it is affecting your day to day life. You never know which bit of information could be helpful for them in designing a plan for your care.
Acupuncture is not a good option if you feel very stressed. Do not hesitate to cancel a treatment if you had an extremely stressful day. Acupuncture will not be very efficient if your muscles are tense and the toxins released during the treatment could actually make your stress even worse.
Determine the length of your acupuncture appointment ahead of time. Most acupuncture treatments last for about half an hour but more time might be needed if you want to be treated for multiple health problems. Plan to go straight home for some relaxation time afterwards instead of running errands or rushing to another appointment.
Taking good care of yourself after an acupuncture treatment is important to allow the treatment to work properly. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol. Acupuncture can help with releasing toxins and it is essential to flush them from your body by staying properly hydrated.
Don’t look at your acupuncture session as a time to pick up a book. Yes, you are laying quietly for up to an hour, but it’s your job to relax–even meditate if you want to–during the session. Your practitioner needs your help in this matter. The more relaxed you are, the better the session will be.
After reading this information, you should be ready to get started with acupuncture. Many people are simply confused and misinformed about how it all works. But, you now see what is really involved and should feel prepared to consult with an acupuncture practitioner right away.