Voodoo Doc

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Well after my crappy .25 mile of a run that Tuesday I was really looking forward to my first acupuncture treatment.
Whoa…what a trip. I talked to Minh (the acupuncturist whom also happens to be a good friend) told him about my shin, popping hip, and dislocating shoulder. He then asked me if I get cold easily (I do not). He asked about my sleeping habits. I usually do not have a problem falling asleep but have trouble staying asleep. I tend to have quite a bit of nightmares actually, which I won’t go into detail about but they are really pretty horrid = anxiety.
He started his treatments and I’m not scared of needles. With both of my children I took shots 2x a day in the stomach so my blood wouldn’t clot. I have factor five Leiden . Needles I’m not shy, bring it on. Bring it he did!
Sigh, I can’t quite describe it. It’s like trying to explain to someone who has not had kids or given birth what it’s like, you just don’t “get it” until your there.
It hurt, it was uncomfortable, it was nerve racking, it stung. It was peaceful, it was relief, it was spiritual, it was bizarre. It has taken me a while to write this because I’m still not sure what I make of it.
I went in with the intent to fix my shin and it may have also cleaned out my mind. Swear.

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Oh since all this I ran my first 5 slow glorious miles yesterday and my shin felt great! Not 100% but really good.

I never did do my 20 miler on the schedule for Sunday. But I did spend 2 hours and 20 freaking minutes on the elliptical. That’s just ridiculous. I can’t believe I’ve turned into “that person”. I don’t know if the elliptical helped but at least I felt like I was some what in control.

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Have you ever had acupuncture? Love to hear your experiences.

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3 thoughts on “Voodoo Doc

  1. I LOVE acupuncture! I have used it for years and am lucky to have a good runner friend who treats me. She is really great at treating injuries in the making. I am a believer!

  2. Love acupuncture. It has really helped me with injuries & allergies. I have gone for neck, shoulder & most recently piriformis issues.

    I completely agree with you on trying to explain it to someone who has never had it before. They just don’t get it.

    Hope it continues to help!

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