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4 Tips For New Acupuncture Patients

by Isaiah Simmmons

Acupuncture is a traditional form of Eastern medicine. It can be used alone or in combination with herbal remedies and Western medicine. Many doctors encourage their patients to seek acupuncture treatments, and it's not uncommon for health care plans to cover acupuncture services. These four tips will help you have an outstanding acupuncture experience:

1. Keep an open mind about the uses of acupuncture

Acupuncture can treat back and neck pain, but it can do much more than that. Acupuncture can also be used to treat joint pain caused by chronic conditions like arthritis. It can help people who have asthma and allergies, as well. Even people who have chronic migraines can find relief from acupuncture therapy, so keep an open mind when talking to an acupuncturist. You may be surprised to learn how many of your conditions and symptoms can be relieved through acupuncture treatment.

2. Wear loose-fitting garments

Dressing appropriately for your acupuncture appointment will help you have a good treatment experience. Wear loose-fitting garments to ensure that your acupuncturist can easily access the right spots on your body. If you have pain in your arms or legs, you may find that short-sleeved shirts and shorts facilitate more effective treatment. 

3. Set aside an adequate amount of time for your treatment

Acupuncture appointments can take up to an hour. People with severe pain or multiple ailments may find that their appointments take even longer. Your first acupuncture appointment will likely last longer than subsequent appointments because your acupuncturist must evaluate you and discuss your treatment plan before your treatment begins. 

During your appointment, your acupuncturist will insert needles into the indicated areas of your body. After the needles are inserted, you will need to relax while the needles stay in place, allowing them to do their job. Set aside an adequate amount of time for your treatment, so you don't feel stressed and hurried during your appointment. 

4. Continue seeking acupuncture treatment until your symptoms resolve

Most conditions will not be resolved in a single acupuncture appointment. Your acupuncturist will help you decide how many appointments to schedule based on your symptoms. You should plan to continue seeking treatment until you feel better. Stopping treatment early may cause your symptoms to return. Acute injuries and conditions can often be resolved in six to eight appointments. People with chronic conditions may find the most relief by visiting an acupuncturist weekly on a long-term basis.

For more information, visit an acupuncture clinic in your area, such as Acupuncture Medical Center.