Friday, July 16, 2010

Pins and Needles

     I saw an acupuncturist on Wednesday and it was a new experience for me.  There was a lovely windchime right outside the office door dispelling all the bad chi or at least moving chi around.  The waiting room reminded me of a  hip massage place with earthy music, chimes and beautiful shaded lamps.

     After my paperwork was complete I was lead to one of those small cubicle rooms with more lovely music and a massage style table and it was heated!!  I only found that out after I disrobed and put on an odd hospital-like gown and was able to lay down on that bed-hard and skinny but warm with nice cotton covers on it.  Tara Anderson-the acupuncturist-(who by the way, was much younger than I expected!) came in and we chatted about my back and how I felt in general.  She asked if I wanted to see the needles she would use and of course, I said yes.  They are tiny and soft, more like a flexible pin.  She quickly moved around me dabbing alcohol (i think) on particular parts of my body and she started inserting the needles at my scalp-a little pinch, yes!) but those were the only ones that bothered me.

    Tara continued around my body from my head she put a few in my hands, my stomach and down my legs.  She said they need to stay there for 20-30 minutes, she flicked out the light and left me to meditate or sleep.  I couldn't feel the needles while I was laying there and I kept waiting for some amazing flash of brilliant color but nothing psychadellic happened.  The massage table was toasty warm and I think I did fall asleep for a few minutes.  Then the nurse aide came in, removed all the needles, zip, zip, zip, and after I sat up, she gave me a quick little back massage. I am walking a little easier even though I still have some aches and pains.  I did make another appointment for Monday evening because, even though I'm anti consummer and don't really buy into programs (other than yoga), I felt it was a positive.  I liked that it was a whole experience similar to a massage and unlike chiropractic appointments, which last all of 5 minutes.  So thumbs up for acupuncture!!


Elaine Magliaro said...

I say thumbs up to acupuncture too! Acupuncture and a Chinese herbal remedy have relieved a chronic problem I've had for years--which got unbearable last year. So glad I went to an acupuncturist.

Diane said...

Big OUCH from me, the baby who cannot look at needles.

....Petty Witter said...

Thanks for this post. Acupuncture has been suggested as a form of treatment for me but I'm not too sure - I've had all the medical jargon so it was nice to read a personal account.

Tif said...

Thanks for sharing your experience!! I've been curious to hear how it went for you! I may have to keep this in mind next time my back gives me problems.