Wikipedia defines acupuncture as the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. I decided to do a little reading up on this topic because acupuncture has become near and dear to my heart. It is the reason I am able to work pain free. For the second time, after just one treatment, my arm is as good as new. I find it miraculous!
It all started back in June when I began having pain in my right elbow. I think it was the result of brushing dogs for over five years. It got to the point where I couldn’t bend my arm or straighten it. The pain got so bad I described it to my husband as feeling like someone hit a nail into my elbow! I thought I was going to be forced to take time off from work, see a traditional doctor, wind up on medication, a regimen of physical therapy, perhaps cortisone shots with still no guarantee of a cure. I decided to give acupuncture a try. I had nothing to lose. I called my insurance company and found it was partially covered by my insurance at $60 a visit.
Off I went to see Lily Chen, a licensed acupuncturist, hoping for some relief. I needed help and quick! Luckily my treatment began a week before my daughters wedding which gave me the opportunity to take a few days off because we were so busy getting things ready for the “big day.” As I sat in the office I wondered, “Is this really going to help?” Acupuncture is controversial and has been the subject of a lot of scientific research in regards to its effectiveness. Nothing has been proven even though it has been around for thousands of years. In addition, the placebo effect can occur. Would this happen to me?
I’m not a fan of being stuck by needles (who is?) but as I lay on the table with needles in my feet, legs, hands, elbows, ear and head I felt very relaxed. The needles did not really hurt when they were inserted. The most interesting part was when I moved; I felt a “zing.” I could tell something was happening! Lily set the timer for thirty minutes. There I lay, Ellen the pin cushion! When my time was up, the needles were removed painlessly. I sat up feeling like I had woken up from a long, deep sleep. I was feeling good!!!! I bent my arm a few times to see how my elbow felt. Hmmmmm….it did feel better.
Over the next two weeks I went twice and guess what happened? My elbow got better and better until it was as good as new - like nothing ever happened! I am telling the truth. I was pain free!
My belief in acupuncture was confirmed when my arm started to bother me again five months later. Off I went to see Lily on Monday. I was heading into the holiday season and was as busy as could be. I didn’t want to work in pain and I didn’t want to take any time off. My doggies needed me. After one treatment do you know what happened? My arm felt as good as new again. It’s unbelievable! I am proof that acupuncture can work. Now I intend to get on a maintenance schedule just like I recommend to my grooming customers. Although it is not always a cure acupuncture can put you on the pathway to heal. My goal is to visit Lily, my acupuncturist, once a month. I want and need to stay healthy. If you have aches and pains or have a reoccurring injury that plagues you, consider acupuncture. Not only might you feel better with as little medical intervention as possible, you’ll walk away with a sense of well-being and relaxation that you’ve never experienced before. I’m a believer.