The treatment should always be scheduled at a time of relaxation. Trying to undergo acupuncture directly after a stressful or taxing event will cause your treatment to be less successful than normal. The best choice is to make your appointment at a time of day where the windows before and after treatment are relatively calm. This will allow you to reap the full benefits of treatment. Most people experience no pain and little, if any, discomfort while undergoing acupuncture. Some people report a totally pain free experience while others say they have minor pain. Listen to the experience of others but realize that acupuncture affects everyone differently. Talk to your acupuncturist if you’re in more pain than you feel you should be. If you have some fear of acupuncture because you think that it is going to hurt, ask your acupuncturist about techniques in painless needling. Ask questions about where he learned that technique and how long he has been practicing it. Only go with practitioners who have had multiple years of experience. If you’re intimidated by acupuncture, relax! Yes, big, scary needles are a part of it, but they aren’t as bad as they seem. The needles are completely sterile and disposed after each use. They’re also very thin, which means they won’t be painful like a shot or an IV might be. If you are looking for an acupuncturist near you, try asking around for recommendations. You can ask friends, family, coworkers, etc. If any of them get acupuncture treatments or have in the past, try asking them who did it, what it was like and if they would recommend them to you. It is usually better to get acupuncturist referrals from people you trust than calling about someone in a printed ad. 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. Ask if the acupuncturist accepts your insurance. Acupuncture is often costly, particularly when multiple sessions are needed. If you ever plan to receive long-term acupuncture treatments, then you are going to need to upgrade your policy. If your health insurance provider doesn’t allow you to upgrade, select a different one that will provide the coverage you require.
Do not give into stereotypes when choosing a treatment for your body. That is something that relates to acupuncture, as well as other alternative healing methods. Keep this advice in mind as you decide if acupuncture is right for you. Rest and relax immediately after your treatment. Reduce daily activities and avoid strenuous physical activities. Go to bed at the scheduled time to enjoy a full eight hours of rest. You will have a more positive experience if your body is well-rested.