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How Will I Feel After My Acupuncture Treatment?

It is best to take it easy after your acupuncture treatment.

We get this question a lot from first-timers! When you have never tried acupuncture before, it is only natural to wonder what you are going to feel like afterward. While the experience is unique to each individual, it's always better to err on the side of caution and try to take it easy for the rest of the day. Acupuncture increases blood flow, and that can sometimes make you feel a little bit fatigued if you aren't used to it. The aftercare is kind of similar to a massage in that way, and we recommend staying hydrated and not over-exerting yourself for the rest of the day. This is especially true if you are coming in for pain.

The first couple of visits are really diagnostic tools for your providers to see how your body responds to acupuncture. It is important that you pay close attention to all aspects of your health after your treatment - pain, sleep, digestion, stress, etc. This will help your provider understand what is contributing to your concerns, and how they are affecting your daily life. If you don't notice a significant change after your first treatment, that doesn't mean it didn't work. That just means the issue is a bit deeper and will take some time to heal.

Another thing to keep in mind is that many of your typical daily activities are likely contributing to your pain. When we suggest that you stop playing pickleball for a few weeks until your ankle heals.. we mean it. We aren't trying to torture you, we are trying to help you! If you continue to aggravate an injury, it's only going to get worse and we will be fighting an uphill battle. This will only result in both you AND your provider getting frustrated. No one wins there. Help us help you.

This also applies to digestive issues, sleep issues, hormonal issues, etc. Your body is a Ferarri. All systems rely on each other to function. If you don't properly care for all aspects of your vehicle, your engine will seize up, and this might look like IBS, painful or irregular periods, migraines, insomnia, joint pain, etc. Your acupuncturist will be both your favorite and least favorite mechanic. We will help you feel better, but we also may tell you the things you don't want to hear - stop smoking, stop eating junk, stop giving in to your wants and neglecting your NEEDS. We will deliver that tough love with care though!

So to answer your question: How will I feel after my acupuncture treatment?

Maybe better, maybe not yet. Maybe a little frustrated. Maybe relaxed. Maybe sleepy. Maybe energized. Likely happy you came and prioritized your health.

You won't know until you're here! Hop online and book with one of our providers!


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