Is it Worth it? Misconceptions on Acupuncture
Everyone remembers the scene from Final Destination where the guy trips and all the acupuncture pierce right through him. Is that really what happens?
Well, from my experience along with the crew of AKINGSNY, we wouldn't entirely agree with that scenario. In this blog, we talk about some misconceptions regarding acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It does not hurt as much as you might imagine.
The needles used in acupuncture are mostly super thin, so they'll probably snap at excessive amounts of pressure. They're not like the needles you see for your annual blood tests (those actually hurt). You should expect a prick in most scenarios, but nothing beyond that.
However, acupuncturists will target tense areas and this will induce sharper pain than other areas. That's not to say that you will have a constant feeling of pain at the point of entry. The goal is to help relieve the muscle tension, so you should expect to feel your body loosening up.
Acupuncture is extremely useful for muscle tension.
Muscle tension can come from a variety of sources, but the most common one among all of us would be sitting down in front of a computer at least 8 hours a day. Lower back pain along with should and neck stiffness are probably the most common symptoms. Acupuncture won't solve all your problems, but it will definitely release most of the muscle tension.
Back in April, I got rear-ended. The car had no noticeable damage, but the impact definitely affected my back. It was to the point that I could not sit down to work more than an hour at a time before I started to feel a lot of distress. The pain was so consuming that I had to stop going to the gym for about 3 months. After several sessions of acupuncture and minor chiropractic treatment, I could handle sitting down for longer periods of time. Although my back is still more sensitive than it was prior to the accident, I am back in the gym and working long hours without too much distress.
You will need more than one session to address your issues.
Just as you wouldn't anticipate one pill of antibiotics to relieve you from your illness, you shouldn't expect one session of acupuncture to work out all your issues. That's not to say you won't be seeing noticeable difference after your first session (I was pleasantly surprised on how I felt after one session). As one needs to exercise regularly to see results, one should also be diligent about getting acupuncture done regularly when it's needed, especially for those who have constant lower back pain and neck stiffness.
Acupuncturists typically provide services beyond acupuncture, such as herbal medicine, massage therapy, and some are even certified as chiropractors. Depending on what your body needs, acupuncturists will discuss your options.