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Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that originated thousands of years ago. It consists of inserting very small, thin needles at various strategic points of the body to help relieve pain. Studies suggest that acupuncture helps relieve chronic pain such as lower back pain, neck pain, and knee pain. Patients who have never received acupuncture treatment and don’t know what to expect can take a few preparatory steps to get themselves ready for their first appointment.
Watch Your Dietary Intake
It is recommended by most experts that people eat at least two hours before their acupuncture appointment. Going to an appointment on an empty stomach can lead to lightheadedness or even fainting spells. It’s also a good idea to avoid coffee before an appointment. Acupuncture typically works better when the recipient is relaxed, and too much caffeine will make it hard to sit still through the procedure.
Bring a List of Current Medications
While acupuncture itself is a physical process that doesn’t directly interact with ingested medications, it’s still a wise precaution for people to have a list of all current medication they’re taking. Some acupuncture treatment is combined with Chinese herbal medicine, which can, in rare instances, have interactions with drugs like MAOIs or blood-thinning medication.
Set Aside Extra Time
As mentioned above, acupuncture tends to work best when the patient is relaxed and comfortable during the process. A heavy schedule before or after an appointment can lead to too much stress during the appointment itself. Rather than worrying about making it to the next item on their schedule or fretting over the meeting they just came from, patients should leave plenty of time on either end of the appointment as a buffer against the demands of their day.
At Jimenez Chiropractic Med-Spa, we provide a range of procedures, including acupuncture, designed to optimize patient health and wellness. Acupuncture can be used as part of our chiropractic practice to help deal with chronic back pain, or it can be used to help treat other issues. Our staff of highly trained and certified professionals is here to help you feel better. Schedule your appointment today.
Any skincare enthusiast knows the importance of protecting facial skin from damaging elements such as the wind, cold, and sun. But aging is unavoidable, so it’s helpful to know what changes to expect and address to maintain healthy skin.
There are endless health reasons to ditch the cigarettes, but those who care about the health of their skin have even more reasons to kick the habit. Smoking results in decreased blood flow to the face, an influx of damaging toxic chemicals, and even wrinkles around the mouth from the actual act of smoking. In order to avoid the droopy skin associated with smokers, say goodbye to tobacco.
Protect from the Sun
Although the sun delivers much-needed vitamin D, it can also exacerbate and hasten visible signs of aging. To avoid this, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, and reapply often, depending on the amount of sun exposure one gets.
Use Gentle Cleansers
After wearing makeup or sweating, it can be tempting to use harsh, damaging cleansers to scrub the day away. In addition to irritating the skin, this can also accelerate aging by stripping the skin of natural oils that keep it young. Washing isn’t optional, but stick to gentle cleansers and water.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Eating greasy, fat-laden food can lead to patchy skin, acne, and premature signs of aging. To avoid this, eat a balanced diet of mostly unprocessed foods, avoiding too much grease and oil. Be sure to also reduce excessive stress with spa days or other facial treatments, as worry lines can be exacerbated by anxiety.
Consider Anti-Aging Treatments
Even those with the best diets and skincare routines will experience the physical signs of aging at one point or another. When that time comes, consider cosmetic procedures that can help to rejuvenate the skin, such as microneedling, laser resurfacing, or injectables. Most of these treatments typically require little to no downtime and can help make the face look more plump and youthful.
Even the best preventative techniques can’t completely stave off wrinkles and other signs of aging. To address these issues with spa days or skin treatments, come to Jimenez Chiropractic Med-Spa. Our certified technicians can provide treatments designed to reduce the signs of aging. Contact us at (786) 294-0710 to schedule an appointment today.
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