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) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

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

Felicity Grace Terry 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 Sweeney 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.