Monday, January 19, 2009

More on acupuncture

Seems some of you are interested in hearing more about the acupuncture appointment -- for those veterans among the crowd, feel superior in your knowledge and enjoy the ride.

This particular facility is, as I think lots probably are, located in the "funky" part of town. My trusty Garmin led me to a nondescript, low-slung office building. Nothing on the door but the numbers. I made my way in, rang the gong doorbell (seriously), and was ushered in to meet with one of the most gracious, welcoming women I've ever had the opportunity to meet. We chatted and went through my (very thorough) paperwork, and then we made our way back to the treatment room. It reminded me more of a doctor's office than a spa, which was good with me. She showed me that the needles were single-use and sterile (for some reason, it hadn't entered my brain that they wouldn't be, but still a comfort to see), and then we got started. I took off my shoes, but that was it - needles went the top of my head, hands, feet, and tummy (just pulled up my shirt for those). A few of the needles stung going in, but others I didn't even feel. She then turned on some heaters and soothing music, turned off the lights, and left me be for about a half an hour. After my time was up, she pulled the needles out, and I only had a pinprick of blood from one of the ones on my feet. That was it! It was totally non-violent.

I'll have to say, it was waaay outside my comfort zone, but I left feeling more relaxed than I've been in a long time. Even if it didn't have proven benefits re blood flow, the relaxation benefits alone would put it on my list of things to-do. Hope this helps!

Addendum: nope, no insurance coverage. But it wasn't painfully expensive, which was a welcome relief, as well!

9 comments:

Alex and Jill said...

Good to know! I start my acupunture very soon and I've been a tad bit anxious about it. Just unknown territory for me. I'm assuming insurance does not pay for any of it. True? I haven't even called to see.

Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

anything that makes the ART process easier to bear has got to be worth it!

Joannah said...

Had a similar experience today. I had tried it last summer, but am back at it for our upcoming IVF.

Maredsous said...

Thanks so much for the description. It was very helpful. I guess it is probably a little like doing the injections. I never thought that I could stick a needle in myself, but by now it is nothing at all.

Megs said...

Glad to hear it went well for the first time :) I am wanting to start Acupuncture too. It's nice to be able to hear a description. Good luck with the rest of the sessions!

April said...

i also had some in my legs and back. i had to do 30 min on my stomach and 30 min on my back. when she put the ones in my back she hooked me up to "electricity". i have an appointment with a new lady on thursday. we'll see how that goes... ;)

patiencesong said...

Thanks for telling us about your experience. I've been thinking about adding accupuncture to the regimen for awhile, but haven't made the leap yet. Good luck with the session!

In Due Time said...

Thanks for sharing.

littleangelkisses said...

I loved doing acupuncture. It is very relaxing. I'm thinking of doing it again. We use our medical reimbursment money to cover the cost.