The treatment was focused on my injury, so I laid face down on the massage table with some comfy body pillows as she cleaned small patches of my back with an alcohol swab and placed a thin needle just under the surface. (The picture above is from my actual treatment!) Most of the needles I didn’t feel, and some made the muscles that had tightened around the injury give a little twitch. Once the needles were placed, I just relaxed for about 20 minutes. With this first treatment I didn’t feel the needles much while they were in and when Marian returned to remove them I didn’t experience any twitching muscles.
She followed up this treatment with a session of cupping in the same area. This was truly my favorite part of the experience! My lower back had been in a lot of pain that felt like tightness and compression in my spine. Rather than loosening this tightness by putting pressure on the muscles, the cups suction away the tension and brought me immediate relief. After 20 minutes my time was up, but I really didn’t want it to end, the cupping was the most powerful pain-reducer I had tried. I left with six perfectly round hickies on my back from the cups tight suction (that took about a week to fade) but it was well worth it! Later in the week I saw a chiropractor who was very happy I had started with acupuncture and supplements which both reduce inflammation and didn’t agitate the injury. I was told to wait a couple weeks to have massage while it healed.
When I left I felt rested and aligned, I was able to stand normally without compensating for my back and even felt a release and suppleness in my upper back and shoulders that get tense even without injury.
Since then I have returned for acupuncture many times. I typically fall asleep during my treatments now and love how I feel when I leave. I always notice improvements in my skin, posture, stress level and sleep like a baby either as soon as I get home or the night after a treatment. I ask questions each time I am in and am slowly learning more about the Chinese medicine theory, but the results more than the rationale keep me coming back.
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