Acupuncture- how long should I try it?
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I wanted to know how long to try going to an acupuncturist. It works but the pain is still coming back. I really wanted an impartial person’s view on how long to work on a specific problem.
I had found a blog through a search with spark people. CHRISPINI had shared about her acupuncture. It had the answer to my question- how long should I give it a try. Her info is great about my question in her blog was Short and to the point. Her blog was just what I needed. She has been going to one for 15 years so I thought she definitely had enough experience with it and different acupuncturists to use with confidence.
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.
There is more so if your interested check out her blogs.
Gosh- the day after my first treatment it was the worst I have ever felt since hurting myself. He said that didn't happen very often.
I had twisted my left knee the first day of my vacation in San Dagio/La Jolla California. That was a Tuesday May 21. This limited what I did and for how long. By Saturday night I was able to go for a 2 mile walk. The following Tuesday I lost my balance getting into a van while in Vegas. I twisted and fell on my knee. I ‘babied it for the next week as much as I could. I thought it was just bruised and swollen but it kept getting worse. We had a car but still nothing is close. By the end of my trip I had to be wheeled around the airport in a wheel chair. I got home and immediately went to my chiropractor and he found my knee was out of place. He put it back and I had to take off another 5 days where I did NOTHING but lay down, and alternated ice and heat. I was better but still knee was super swollen.
Went to work and a friend told me she had just gone to an acupuncturist for her foot and it really helped her. So I decided to give it a try for the pain. It was GREAT!! Needles didn’t hurt and while there and they were in me I could walk without a limp or any pain. I told I thought I walk a mile! With not doing more than 100 or so steps for the past 5 days- that was saying a lot! I went home feeling great.
The next day was the absolute worst pain while walking I had had in 30 years. The second day of the second treatment not any worse than I had felt when first went in. People were asking me why I was at work. Seriously. I told him and he said that while a reaction happens sometimes it is not often at all. I have a feeling the negative ‘conversation’ I had with a fellow passenger the day I fell probably added to the negative energy within me. I went 7 days later for a second treatment. No severe reaction this time. And I am better. I am scheduled to go again tomorrow so I am not waiting a week in between sessions.
I went for an x-ray last week just to make sure. I have a little arthritis in my knee and swelling but nothing is torn. Because I am on my feet all the time that I work it is just going to take time and LOTS of patience. I come home and don’t do much. Luckily we are slow right now and I a averaging about 30% or less walking than usual at work.
Thinking positive I will recover. I miss walking.