How To Know Acupuncture Is In Full Swing

Acupuncture is not a one-shot deal. It works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next. Today we live in a fast-paced society, we desire quick results and want instant fulfilment. There are certainly instances of acupuncture producing immediate results. However, this is more an exception than the rule—and when it happens, the results tend to be short lived. Comparable to how medications are limited unless you take the prescribed dose if you don’t get acupuncture regularly and within an appropriate time frame it is unlikely to have the desired result. After your first treatment, an acupuncturist usually will provide an estimate for how many treatments you’re likely to need.

If you want lasting results from acupuncture, especially for a chronic condition, you must commit to the process.

This Eastern concept to healing can be unfamiliar for Westerners, who are acquainted with instant gratification in most aspects of life, including healthcare. Being forced to adopt a long-term, cumulative attitude can be confusing and frustrating. Although the technique may be old, the idea of a therapy involving needles in this way is brand new to most of us and can easily be intimidating.

Fortuitously, there are several signs that acupuncture is taking effect—even if your primary symptoms have not yet resolved. When these signs appear, symptom relief typically is not far behind.

Here are some signs that your acupuncture treatments are working:

You’re less stressed out

Acupuncture does take you to the land of unicorns and rainbows.  It does not put you in a trance that makes you numb. It does, however, take the edge off and relaxes the body. Allowing the body to come out of flight or fight mode, also known as a hyper-vigilant state.

Acupuncture evens out our moods so that we are less affected by and better equipped to manage the stressful aspects of our lives. The stress won’t disappear, but if you find yourself feeling less bogged down by it, acupuncture is working for you.

You’re sleeping better

This is one of the most common signs that acupuncture is doing its thing. Many insomniacs who seek acupuncture for other reasons are surprised when their sleep problems resolve—often without ever having mentioned the issue to their acupuncturist. Even if you’re not someone who struggles with sleep, you still may notice yourself sleeping more deeply, waking less during the night, or feeling more rested upon waking.

You have more energy

Although receiving acupuncture is a relaxing, energy-grounding experience, your energy level may rise in the hours and days following a treatment. This means acupuncture has stirred the pot and stimulated movement throughout the meridians—and regular, steady movement throughout the meridians is ultimately what will resolve your chief complaint.

The surge in energy that acupuncture produces is different from the somewhat frenetic energy that surrounds daily life. It’s a kind of energy that makes you feel more awake and alive. You may notice that you’re less tired during the day, feeling more motivated to go out for a walk, or just sensing a little extra spring in your step.

Your aches and pains diminish

Acupuncture works as a holistic system. It has various effects on the body,  ranging from affecting the lymphatic, nervous, and the endocrine(hormones) systems. Which is why it’s great at addressing overall inflammation.

It is inflammation that is key to illness, when your inflammation levels are high problems are round the corner. One of the fantastic by-products of acupuncture is that it has a dramatic effect on the reducing your cortisol and adrenal levels. These chemicals are your primary stressor hormones and long term these hormones in excessive levels cause inflammation all over the body. So no matter what you have come in with, whether it be back pain, stomach upset, hayfever or you are just stressed out. You can rest assured that your overall inflammation levels will be coming down.

If you recognise any of these signs, hang in there and stick with it. Acupuncture is working.

Back Pain

A quizzical way to relieve back pain

One of the simplest ways to relieve back pain is to take your shoes and socks off, then go and walk on rough terrain, and different surfaces for 20 mins a day.

Yes, it can be that simple, if not slightly perplexing.

Go and walk on grass, stones, basically anything that isn’t totally comfortable. The best part of this is anyone can do it and its FREE! But I hear you cry I don’t have 20 minutes to spare. Well suck it up and spare the time, we all make choices and remember pain is a powerful motivator, and will sooner or later win.

So why is walking barefoot so powerful? Anyone ever thought how things like reflexology can help with pain? It’s simple really it’s just in terms of neurology and feedback systems. Information comes into the brain gets sent back out for movement. Feet are very important and have literally loads of nerve endings, and they are as important as your eyes, nose, ears and hands. They all help you navigate the world you are in and enable you to live safely in the world.

If you lack the ability to sense the world you are in, you become vulnerable.

The lower back and sacral nerves feed and stimulate the foot. These nerves that stimulate the foot also stimulate deep core muscles in the back and pelvic area (hence the feedback system mentioned earlier). 

You need these muscles to prevent injury and recover from one. The small muscles in your back are sections that relate to the soles of your feet. The stabilising muscles of the lower back are designed to receive lots of information from the feet. (Just on a side note people look at me strangely when I swing kettlebells in bare feet, this is the reason folks).

Wearing shoes, in many ways, deprives the senses in your feet and lower back. It starves them of vital neural feedback information. Walking on rough terrain challenges the deep core muscles in the lower back to activate and work. In many ways, you can’t fully rehab the back until you look at the feet.

What’s the easiest way to rehab yourself, go outside in bare feet. Change the environment and your body is forced to adapt. Don’t just take my word for it… go out and do it for 20 minutes a day. You can also give your foot some sensory love with massage, reflexology and acupuncture.

The sensory feet back will also help activate your Bum (glutes). So if you have a pain in the ars* try this as well.

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