Acupuncture encourages the body to promote healing and to improve functioning. Many patients may note improvement immediately. Others may take up to a few treatments before they see any change. Occasionally, the original symptoms worsen for a few days.
Some patients may note changes in their appetite, energy, sleep and bowel or bladder patterns. There is no cause for concern and this is simply an indication that the acupuncture is beginning to work. Patients may see a gradual return of their symptoms which is normal. As treatments continue, patients may experience longer periods of relief of symptoms.
It is recommended that patients avoid vigorous exercise or activity on the day of the acupuncture treatment. Normal activities can resume the next day.
It is important to keep track of the response to acupuncture treatments. Any and all changes should be reported to the patient's physician. Treatments may be modified based on the response to a treatment.
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