Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I've been going to a new acupuncturist lately for my back and I really have had some great pain relief. My back was definitely "in crisis" and she has pulled it back to "normal for me" which means, hurts most of the time but not that bad. So I am excited about that and now we are working on my old nagging chronic pain which is interesting. So I just thought I'd share a little bit about acupuncture. Here is what I have learned over the course of 15 years and three different acupuncturists.
1) Not all acupuncturists are equally good. If you go with pain you should walk out of the office feeling better. If you go about 3-4 visits and you don't feel some relief, try another acupuncturist.
2) Not all problems can be fixed by an acupuncturist. Mostly I think it is good for pain relief and muscular sorts of things.
3) Chronic problems WILL take longer to fix than acute problems. I have found acute problems can be fixed in 4-5 visits, chronic problems 8+, but they should still be fixable. Again, though, if you don't see results, stop going.
4) Acupuncture doesn't hurt or at least not really - the needles are very small and it shouldn't feel sharp or owie. Now, when they are working on something, it may feel heavy, pressure, sore, or like an electric shock, but it is definitely not like getting blood drawn or anything.
5) It can have weird side effects! It is possible to be SUPER relaxed, maybe a little spacey, things may twitch, or you can actually feel energy getting released.
6) But, it definitely WORKS. So if you are having problems with pain, you might want to look around and see if you can find a "pin doctor" LOL!