What To Expect From Your First Acupuncture Session

If you’ve been thinking about trying acupuncture for the first time, but you’re hesitating on booking the treatment, our registered acupuncturists in Edmonton are here to help you learn what to expect, how it can benefit you, and tips for getting the most out of your acupuncture session. 


What is Acupuncture and Who Can Benefit? 

Acupuncture is a modern form of treatment based on ancient Chinese healing practices. In acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific points, which release biochemicals in certain areas of the body to promote healing, pain relief, and wellness.

Almost anyone can benefit from regular acupuncture sessions, but most people book acupuncture treatments for specific reasons. They may be experiencing issues like insomnia, tension and stress, digestive issues, or suffering from a chronic condition or illness. In many cases, acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms and work alongside a medical treatment plan.

Recent studies have shown that acupuncture is particularly useful in treating pain and nausea. It can be extremely beneficial to cancer patients, helping them alleviate symptoms and side effects of treatments like chemotherapy.

As an added benefit, many insurers have added acupuncture to their list of services. If you find an Edmonton acupuncture clinic that direct bills for most insurers, you may have all or most of the costs of your treatment taken care of before you leave the clinic.


Does Acupuncture Hurt? 

This is one of the most commonly asked questions for clients who have never tried acupuncture before. 

The short answer is no; acupuncture typically doesn’t cause more than a dull aching or tingling sensation. A professional acupuncturist is trained to quickly insert and remove the needles in a way that doesn’t cause pain. 


How to Prepare for Your First Appointment

Preparing for an acupuncture appointment isn’t intensive, but there are a few things you can do to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment: 

  • Eat something a few hours before your appointment to get the maximum benefits of the treatment and avoid some slight nausea or lightheadedness that might occur if you have treatment on an empty stomach
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol 
  • Book your appointment with plenty of time before and after so you can rest and relax for the best benefits


What to Expect During Your Acupuncture Treatment

An acupuncturist may check your pulse and look at your tongue before treatment to check the state of your organs. He or she will also walk you through an assessment, asking you questions about your current health, health history, and what your goals are for the treatment.

Then, your therapist will ask you to lie down on the table. You’ll probably only have to remove or lift a few pieces of clothing in order for your therapist to insert the needles (and your therapist is trained in draping procedures to respect your privacy). 

Every acupuncture session is different and uses different points on the body to achieve specific results, so you may have needles inserted on your feet or legs, torso, pelvis or arms, or on your neck or head. Needles will never be reused and are always disposed of carefully.


Acupuncture After-Care

After your appointment, make sure to get some rest, drink plenty of water, eat a healthy meal, and take care of yourself. You may also want to book a follow-up appointment to continue your treatment. You can gain the most benefits from regular sessions, which may be a couple of times per month or week, depending on your therapist’s suggestions for your treatment plan.

For more information about acupuncture’s benefits and how to prepare for a session, visit our acupuncture services in Edmonton page. Or, call in and speak with one of our acupuncturists to have all your questions answered and book your first appointment.

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