Here I’m getting needling and electrodes on my shoulder
As we get older, we get different aches and pains. It’s important not to ignore what you are feeling. Most recently, I have been feeling pain in my hips. I haven’t been doing anything different as far as workouts or classes. I know one thing for sure, I am and always have been very unlimbered and very tight. I have tried varies types of massage, different stretching therapies, and I try to do Yoga as much as I can. I finally decided to try Acupuncture. Even though I hate needles, and have anxiety every time I go, I am a big believer. It really helps me with my pain. I try to go a least once a week. You will not get results by just going once or just going when you have pain.
My typical treatment
Lower back and my spine
In each of my treatments, I share with my doctor where I am feeling pain. Sometimes it’s my hips, or my lower back, and sometimes in my shoulders. He then inserts the needles where he feels the tension. I am not going to lie, some of the needles do hurt, but I just breathe through it. He then puts A heating machine (that feels so good) over my body, which helps the needles go into the tissue deeper. Then he connects the electrodes to a couple of the needles to stimulate the tissue, this does not hurt. He will leave the room for about 20 minutes, and I will usually fall asleep. When the doctor comes back, he takes out the needles and rubs the areas where the needles are.
Cupping Marks from Cupping
Another part of the treatment that I do is Cupping, which involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction helps with blood flow and loosens the muscles. It is really interesting how the cupping works. My doctor puts alcohol in the cup and lights it on fire, and then blows the flame out, and then immediately puts the cup upside down on my skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The only downside is that it can leave marks on your skin that looks like a bruise, but it does go away.
Don’t be afraid of Acupuncture. It is one of the oldest forms of natural medicine. It can’t hurt to try, well maybe a little!! Below is a link for my amazing Acupuncturist Uzi Chen. Tell him that I sent you. 😉