2 Tips to Make the Effects of Acupuncture Last
Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Washington D.C., Reston, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland.
There are many benefits that you will notice when exiting an acupuncture practice Bethesda, one of the most common being a sense of well-being and pain relief. As with most other holistic treatments, acupuncture can leave patients feeling great immediately following treatment, only to have symptoms return a day or two later. This is because there are things most people do unknowingly that reverse the effects of acupuncture. Additionally, there are things that can help the desired effects to last for a longer period of time.
Here are two things you can do to help make the effects from acupuncture last.
Before Treatment be Sure to Eat
For some people, this may seem standard, but not everyone thinks to eat before going in for treatment. It is important to eat before because the body’s energy will then be available for healing. Compare it to going to the gym for an intense workout. If your body doesn’t have any energy, you won’t be able to make the most of your experience.
It is recommended that you eat lightly, but something that is high in nutrients (such as protein, and fruit), about an hour before your scheduled appointment. When you take care of your body, it will take care of you by holding onto the positive effects of the acupuncture treatment.
Following Treatment, Be Patient
Following your visit to an acupuncture practice Bethesda, it is imperative that you are patient and give your body time to heal. Patience is crucial for an effective and long-lasting acupuncture treatment.
This is especially true if acupuncture was performed for an injury, as you may sometimes feel more pain than you did prior to treatment. This pain or discomfort as a result of acupuncture can be seen as a healing reaction, is only temporary, and will generally subside within 24 hours. Even when the pain does subside, be careful and take care of yourself for a few days. Rushing back into your regular routine may not be optimal for keeping your body on the path to healing. Realize that during treatment your system was recalibrated, therefore, you will need to work with your body and not against it to hold onto the healing benefits from the treatment. Remember to rest, stay away from caffeine and alcohol, make healthy eating choices, avoid strenuous exercise, turn off the tv (in order to remain in a calm state), and choose heat rather than cold treatments for pain relief, if needed. Try to take it easy and let your body heal. You’ll be grateful you did when the effects of acupuncture last longer because you took some time to relax and let your body heal itself.