New Thing #5 – Acupuncture

I’ve thrown my back out a few times over the past few years.  Yes, that means I’m officially old.  That makes me sad, but what’s worse is that I’m left with lingering pain and discomfort in my lower back on a daily basis.  It’s more annoying than painful, but I really do want it to go away.  I also needed more new things to add to my list.  That sounds like two birds.  The stone?  Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the use of sharp, thin needles that are inserted into the body at very specific points.  It sounds painful, but it’s not.  It can actually be used to help a variety of ailments, including chronic pain, substance abuse, allergies, and many more.  I decided to try it to help with my back pain.

Needles don’t bother me, as evidenced by my array of piercings.  But even if you are a little nervous to be stuck, don’t be.  I can’t speak for every acupuncturist, but mine was fantastic and I barely felt a thing!  I went to Jeremiah at Where Healing Begins in Boca Raton.  Here is their website if you are interested –

The experience was very similar to getting a professional massage.  The office was very soothing and you’re asked to lie under a sheet dressed to your comfort level.  After asking me a few questions about my pain, he did a few stretches and massaged my back a little to get my muscles relaxed and to figure out where I was feeling the most pain.  He put a total of 10 needles in me: 2 on each side of my back, 2 in each of my shoulders, and 1 on the back of each knee.  I barely even felt when he inserted most of the needles.  One in the top of my left shoulder was slightly painful for a second.  It felt like someone was pinching that pressure point on the top of your shoulder, but it quickly went away.  Also, my foot tingled briefly when he inserted the needle in the back of my right knee.  Again, it quickly went away.  Then he put a heat lamp near my back and left me to relax with just the sound of oriental music.

The piercing is mine, but the 3 tiny balls below it are from the acupuncture.

I have no idea how much time passed (maybe 5 or 10 minutes), but he came back in after a short while and asked me to turn over onto my back.  He began to focus on my ear.  He placed 3 small balls or seeds on specific parts of my ear and squeezed each of them.  I’m told that these points on my ear correspond with areas on my lower body.  They didn’t hurt, but I could feel them putting some pressure on my ear.  The seeds were held in place with some adhesive tape and were left there to stimulate the ear acupuncture points for 3-5 days.  Before I left, he applied a heat pack and showed me an easy stretch to do daily to loosen my lower back, which is more than my chiropractor did in several weeks of sessions.  Bravo Jeremiah!  Thank you!For the next few hours, I was completely relaxed!  So much more relaxed than I’ve ever felt!  I’ve had professional massages that left me relaxed, but it was nothing compared to this!  I felt completely at peace with the world and had a wonderful day because of it.  I highly recommend acupuncture to anyone who needs some serious relaxation!  Did it cure my back pain?  No.  It’s not meant to cure things in one session.  If I could afford it, I would definitely keep going back to see if multiple sessions would help!  Either way, I had a great experience and knocked one more thing off my list!

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