Stick It To Me
I could write this post in 2 words. JUST GO. Ok, see ya.
No, seriously. I have recently been converted to the wonderful world of acupuncture. I was pretty skeptical at the beginning, but got to a desperate place. Since November, I have been dealing with horrible lower back pain. One night I called my brother-in-law Shawn up and asked him if he had any muscle relaxers from his surgery a year before. I could barely get the whole question out before I started bawling. I was in so much pain! He rushed right over. Over the course of a hour I took 2 muscle relaxers and 2 pain pills. Nothing. No relief.
I made an immediate appointment with my chiropractor and over the next several months, I had multiple appointments every week. I also added in several sessions with a massage therapist. It was helping to a certain extent, but I was still not getting full relief of my pain. And worst of all, I would find myself back in those crisis moments where the pain was so severe I was just curled up in bed weeping in agony. Then my massage therapist said I needed to find an acupunturist. Since my body wasn’t holding the adjustments, I needed to seek out a different method of treatment.
I found a guy named Keith Coley who was recommended to me by several friends and family members. I had no idea what I was in for. I knew there were needles, and that was the extent of it. Keith welcomed me into his office, and it was hard for me not to burst into tears as I explained my pain. He was very optimistic, and we started right away. I’m not sure if all acupuncturists can do this, but he intuitively could figure out if my issue was emotionally or physically based. Thankfully mine was all physical, so I didn’t need to do any emotional clearing to get to the root of the issue. It was just a wonky back.
Ok, so some of you are probably really afraid of needles. I’m not, so I can’t help you there. Plus, I was desperate and willing to try anything. But I will say – they are TINY. The initial placement did not hurt at all, in fact I couldn’t even feel them go in. However, there are some spots that are more tender than others. Sometimes it ached pretty bad, especially when that particular needle hit a blocked energy channel. Does that make sense? I don’t understand it either. But pain began to = release.
It really works. Those Chinese are on to something and have been for 1000′s of years. After about 5 sessions, my back feels amazing! I mean really amazing! I am 100% sold. The pain is gone, and I can finally get back to day to day life.
Initial visit was $150 for an hour and a half treatment. Then it is $70 for each hour follow up visit. The sucky part is that (at least in Tennessee) most insurance companies don’t cover preventative care. In fact, almost all therapies that I use are not covered by health insurance. Chris and I even recently switched to a more catastrophic coverage plan because we are spending so much money now on preventative care. But, it’s worth every penny.
I would highly recommend acupuncture to anyone who is dealing with chronic pain. Get past the fear, and what you think it is, and try it. It’s not voodoo medicine, it’s just a different way of thinking about healing the body. This therapy is the real deal y’all.
Who else has tried it? Any success stories?