I had my first appointment on Saturday and I'm pretty excited about it. It was extremely strange, but not at all painful. For some reason I thought the needles going in would hurt. The only feeling was a really strange smallish sting, then a sort of heat radiating out from where the needle had been placed. Right now we're concentrating on my lower back, and between my shoulders. My lower back issues are the result of a car accident many years ago. My shoulder stuff is just where I carry all of my stress. And believe you me, as peaceful as I try to be and as much as I meditate, I am pretty much a walking ball of anxiety and stress.
We began the visit with her asking me tons of questions about my lifestyle and diet. It was a very thorough consult and I felt very comfortable when she finally said she was going to exit so I could disrobe from the waste up and lay on my belly, and she'd be back in a minute. The room was very warm and she even had a special heater for my bare feet. I was mighty comfy.
She came back in and explained where she'd be placing the needles. I had some placed in the back of my heel, some at the back of my knee, tons in my back and near my neck, and one in the top of my head. I was SO tempted to ask her to grab my iPhone and take a picture of me dressed up as the human pincushion. I imagined I looked like Pinhead, even though I only had one needle in my head. I'm not going to lie, the head one was really strange and I swear I felt it there hours after I went home. She then did an herb cupping on my lower back and I left feeling woozy, and relaxed. I sat a few minutes before driving home and breathed in my car, taking in the cool afternoon air.
I plan on going back once a month, because of the cost. I have to pay for this out of pocket as my medical no longer does acupuncture referrals. The acupuncturist I went to is also a Chinese herbalist so a few months down the road we're going to talk more about my insomnia and anxiety issues. For now we're just focusing on the back pain. I've only had to take one pain pill since the visit, when I had been taking them every night.
It may all be in my head, but you know what? I'm okay with that. If it's all in my head that acupuncture is helping my back, then hey, it IS helping my back. I am glad to not be popping a pill every night to be comfortable, and I look forward to many more visits with Zoe (my acupuncturist even has one of my favorite names).
Happy picture of the day: my friend found this fabric and immediately called it Mel Fabrique, because the girl on the fabric kind of resembles me. I'm pretty sure as soon as the lady has it available for sale, I will buy a few yards. I may need a Mel Fabrique set of curtains, or chair, or DRESS!