It is important for clinicians to be aware of short-term reactions after treatment. The majority of patients report positive outcomes after treatments; however, some normal but uncomfortable reactions can be experienced, and patients may interpret them as negative side effects (Table 16-1). These effects are harmless but may frighten some patients; therefore it is important that patients be informed of them before they receive the treatments. Most of these reactions disappear spontaneously without special care, or light massage or moist heat may be used to soothe the discomfort. According to clinical experience, reactive pain after treatment sometimes subsides in a few minutes if one or two needles are inserted in the reactive area.1
To avoid severe reactions such as syncope or fainting during treatment, all patients should be treated while lying on the bed in prone, supine, or side-lying positions. Some patients, such as middle-aged women with low blood pressure or very healthy young men, are more susceptible to syncope during their first few sessions. Close attention should be paid to these patients during the first few sessions, and the needles should be removed immediately if patients show any sign of discomfort.
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