After an acupuncture treatment how to take care of yourself?
It is important after acupuncture to take care of yourself. Often, people ask me what they should do after a acupuncture treatment. I usually tell them, listen to your body and take time out for yourself, self-care is important.
After acupuncture treatment things get moving, potentially causing your body to react in ways that it’s not used to. Sometimes you may feel a bit tired or you may feel your symptoms have gotten worse, this is a normal process and it is a way the body begins to heal itself. Just allow this process to occur and be kind to yourself by listening to your body’s needs.
Here are a few ways to take care of yourself after an acupuncture treatment:
- Gradual movements
- Avoid coffee and alcohol
- Eat healthy
- Switch off from mobiles, TV and computers
Take it easy.
Do nothing too strenuous.
Take a nap or just relax and rest.
Stop to rest physically and emotionally to allow the acupuncture treatment to continue and restore your body to balance.
Gradual movement nothing too strenuous just be gentle on yourself you just a treatment. You don’t have to push yourself to run a marathon. Do a gentle exercises pilates or yoga classes just gentle slow movement.
Use heat if you have pain
Blockages occur when things are not moving smoothly through the channels, causing pain. Acupuncture restores flow, helping to eliminate these blockages and move the blood and qi (energy) flow.If you are experiencing pain eg lower back then just use a wheat pack or take a hot Epsom salt bath to help relax the muscles.
Avoid alcohol and coffee
After acupuncture toxins can be released into your system. Staying hydrated helps flush out these toxins. Since alcohol and coffee both cause dehydrating effects on the body, they should be avoided after acupuncture.
Alcohol and coffee mess with your bodily awareness. One of the main goals of acupuncture is to bring greater clarity and awareness to how we really feel, both can potentially counteract the effects of acupuncture.
You don’t have to eliminate these things from your life, but steer clear for a day or two after acupuncture.
Switch off your mobile, computer and TV for 1 day.
Acupuncture helps bring you to relax and bring you to a place of harmony and balance.
Your mind is calmer and clearer, enjoying a respite from the over stimulating world in which we live today.
Avoid processed foods and sugar acupuncture helps bring the toxins out.
After acupuncture, eat the foods that would make you feel nourished and healthy. Avoid fast food and other junk.
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.