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5 Things To Expect When You Start Acupuncture Therapy

by Stephen Silva

If you are about to try acupuncture for the first time there are some things that you should be aware of before your visit. Being prepared before you go for your therapy will make the visit go more smoothly. Here are some things that you should be aware of when you decide to try acupuncture for the first time.

Expect To Answer Personal Questions

In order to determine how best to treat you, your acupuncturist may ask you questions about your bowel movements and about your menstrual cycle if you are a woman. These kinds of questions will help your acupuncturist to come up with a better diagnosis of your problems and help them determine how much and what kind of therapy you need.

Eat Before Treatment

Always eat before you go for acupuncture. Even if you don't feel like having a large meal ahead of time, having a light snack is a good idea. If you do not eat something beforehand you may find that acupuncture will leave you feeling dizzy or it may even make you faint.

You May Fall Asleep

Acupuncture can be very relaxing. This is because the needles that are inserted in acupuncture are not as painful as they look. In fact, the application of the needles can be so gentle that you might find yourself dosing off or falling asleep during your visit. This is why you should make sure that you tell your acupuncturist about any problems you might be having before you start therapy. Don't assume that you will be able to stay awake through the whole therapy session.

You May Be Asked To Remove All Clothing

Depending on the kind of therapy that you need your acupuncturist may ask you to remove your clothing. In some cases wearing loose fitting clothing can help you to avoid taking off your clothes if you find it embarrassing.

You May Require Several Visits

Depending on your diagnosis you may have to receive several acupuncture visits. Ask ahead of therapy the estimated amount of visits you may need. In this way you will be able to get a clearer understanding of how much money you will need to complete your therapy.

Having a good understanding of what may be required of you when you choose to use acupuncture as a form of therapy, will assist you in making the right decisions before you embark on your therapeutic journey.