Let me start by saying I love acupuncture. No, I do not love needles, but that sleepy, half aware feeling that you get when you have it done. For those of you have had it done, you know what I am talking about. For those of you who have not, you need to. Go get stuck, they are not pencil thick needles, they are hair fine ones. You do not feel it, and the benefits are great.
Short list of things acupuncture reportedly can help, the claims are really endless and recently they have found acupuncture to be super helpful for reducing side effects of chemotherapy.
- muscle issues spasms and pain
- chronic back problems and pain
- headaches/ neck pain including treatment for migraines
- knee pain
- digestive problems
- mood, depression
On this road to healing, I have learned many things. So many things can help, there is never a time to lose hope, you could not have tried EVERYTHNG, even though on the bad days it might feel like you have . This is a huge POSITIVE, and can help keep us in a good mind set.
The one thing I have learned on the negative side about holistic healing is the cost.
For some reason it is not covered by medical (although some acupuncture is now being covered.. yay for progressive thinking). Often time processes can run into the hundreds closing in on a thousand dollars depending on what it is.
I am not rich. I aspire to be rich, but right now I am still earning a living like everyone else. I had heard about this new thing in my community. It is called Community Health Acupuncture. Basically, it makes an expensive service affordable to all. They let you set the rate of what you feel you can pay. WHAT?? There is no pressure, no hidden agenda, but a place that offers a true healing service for the right price/reason. Amazing.
They tell you to come in 15 minutes early to do the paperwork. After that is done, you are lead to a room full of recliners. Most have sleeping, acupunctured people in them. You get comfy, blanket and all. They advise you to wear loose clothing as they need to put needles in your legs and arms. I actually had a few in my ear this time. It was a very pleasant experience, and I scheduled to return next week for a follow up.
Below there is a link to the place I went. I am hoping this is the new wave of the future, where people can get quality care and reap its rewards. Rochester Community Acupuncture, you get a GOLD STAR from me....