Taking Care of Yourself After an Acupuncture Treatment
It’s not always doable when you have a busy schedule but where you can it’s good to take some time out for yourself after an acupuncture treatment and since you’ve done something positive for your health – be good to yourself.
Acupuncture tends to get things moving and sometimes the body can react in new ways that it may not be used to. It’s good to take some time to see how things settle in.
Here’s a few tips to help you be good to yourself after acupuncture.
Go easy, find a slower pace.
Chill for a while. Don’t help a friend move house or babysit your brother’s two year old twins. Don’t dig a swimming pool hole or get to the bottom of the ironing pile. Plan an early night. Some people feel a surge of energy after acupuncture, but better to hold onto that energy rather than spend it, you probably need it. Resting after your treatment will let the body process your acupuncture treatment more fully.
Go light on exercise
I’m often asked about working out after acupuncture. Exercise is brilliant – light movement can be a great adjunct to your treatment – but go easy. If you’re a regular runner, try a walk on your acupuncture day.
Heat or ice? Almost every time it will be heat. When we have pain, from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective it’s about stagnation. Things are not moving freely through the channels causing blockages which leads to pain. Acupuncture gets things moving again, unblocking blockages. So with this in mind ice being cold in nature contracts and slows down the flow, slowing down the healing process. Choose heat.
Avoid alcohol and coffee
For two reasons: i) it’s good to stay hydrated, so that any toxins that may be released in your system can be readily flushed out; ii) acupuncture can help with mental clarity and focus – take every advantage of it.
Consider scheduling a screen break
Acupuncture helps create some balance. Your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) is calmed. Your mind feels clearer enjoying a break from the over-stimulating world that we live in. Screens feed the stimulation. It will all be there for you when you click back on, have a break and extend your cloud nine bliss.
Eat good food
Support your healing by choosing food that’s right for your body (hint it might not be whatever the latest thing is). Avoid low nutrition, processed foods and sugar. After acupuncture, imagine the nutrient dense foods that would make you feel nourished and healthy, go get them.
Now you know how to take care of yourself before and after an acupuncture treatment. The only thing left to do is make an appointment. Here’s a great place to start.