Tips And Advice For Your First Acupuncture Appointment

Acupuncture can be beneficial in a number of ways. Many people find that it helps relieve their pain so they can rest more easily. You may also notice an improvement in energy levels, relief from depression, and better overall organ function after acupuncture. The actual process of undergoing acupuncture is not painful or inherently stressful. However, there are a few tips you should follow for a great first appointment. 

Do something relaxing before the session. 

In order for acupuncture to be effective — and in order for the acupuncturist to work — you will need to lie still and relax for the duration of your session. If you're a little nervous, like many people are before their first appointment, this can be difficult. People often find that doing something relaxing before their acupuncture session helps quiet their minds and body so they can lie still during the session. Go for a walk, do some yoga, meditate, read a good book, or engage in another activity that typically leaves you in a relaxed state of mind.

Avoid caffeine.

Caffeine can wake you up and get you going in the morning, but it also has the tendency to give people the jitters, which is the last thing you want when you're trying to lie still for acupuncture. The goal of acupuncture is to redirect the flow of energy through your body, and caffeine may prevent this from happening since it elevates your energy level artificially.

Wear loose and comfortable clothing.

Some acupuncturists will allow you to change into a robe for treatment, and others prefer you to leave some of your own clothing on. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your first appointment. This way, you can remain clothed and the acupuncturists can move the clothing around, as needed. You can discuss whether you want to stick with this plan or change clothing for your subsequent sessions.

Bring insurance information.

Some health insurance policies do cover acupuncture. Others do not. It's a good idea to at least bring your insurance information to your first session so you can see whether the visit is covered. You could also call your insurance agent ahead of time and ask about this.

Your first acupuncture session should be enjoyable and productive if you follow the tips above. People are often surprised how easy this treatment is to undergo as long as they spend a little time and effort preparing.