After you have visited an acupuncture specialist, the next 24 hours are very important. In order to maximize the benefits of an acupuncture session, you need to do a couple of things that might surprise you. In order to obtain greater vitality and wellbeing, here is how to take care of yourself after an acupuncture session:
Though you might be feeling energized and ready to take on the world, you really should rest instead. A period of meaningful rest or low intensity exercise, such as yoga or Pilates, will do you a world of good.
Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep the skin and muscles soft and wash out any remaining toxins.
Nothing will reverse the effects of your latest acupuncture session like an ice pack. Not only does cold temperatures reduce the positive effects of your session, it will actually increase the pain you feel. If you want to reduce any tenderness, reach for a heat pack instead.
Though you don’t have to quit your morning cup of coffee after attending acupuncture, you don’t want to go overboard. Your qi has been stimulated enough already, so by avoiding too much caffeine and alcohol, you will recover quicker. Also, if you are attending acupuncture sessions to find a better sense of emotional awareness and balance, masking them with alcohol or caffeine defeats the purpose.
Again, acupuncture removes toxins from the body. Since food can either be medicine or poison, choose wisely. Stick with wholesome foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid overly processed dishes and too much salt for the next few days.
After acupuncture, you might want to amplify the effects by booking an appointment with a massage therapist. Not only does this count as rest, which we first mentioned, it is a great way to promote that calm, relaxed state that is so important to recovery, especially if you are trying to lessen muscular pain and ease trigger points.
Everybody reacts to acupuncture differently. Listen to your body. Remember that not everything is going to work as quickly as your smartphone, including your body. You might have moments after an acupuncture session where you feel like there was little to no effect. This could be because you are being impatient. Rather than getting frustrated, try to relax and meditate, do yoga, take a walk, or do something else you enjoy.
Acupuncture is not the be-all-end-all in relaxation and releasing muscle pain and toxins from the body. You need to take care of yourself be and after sessions as well. By being mindful of your body’s needs after a session, you can actually accelerate the benefits and start feeling better, sooner.