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Friday, October 12, 2012

5 reasons to love community acupuncture

Most people hear the word acupuncture and cringe, picturing themselves as pin cushions being pricked full of painful needles.  Having had this image of acupuncture for most of my life, I never thought I would try it.  But after a coworker began experiencing very positive results from her acupuncture sessions, I decided to give it a try to supplement the care I was receiving from my primary care physician.  I've been going to several sessions a month for about five months now, and I have been very happy (and joy-filled) with the stress and pain relief I've experienced during my sessions.  

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that uses tiny needles to stimulate acupressure points to realign energy flow in the body.  Here are the top five reasons I love community acupuncture:   

1. Stress relief: Believe it or not, I've started to look forward to being pricked with needles because of the stress relief I experience.  My acupuncture appointments specifically target stress, but I also enjoy the big comfy chairs, the relaxing music, and the soft mood lighting in the clinic.  I'll sometimes leave the acupuncture clinic with the same feeling I have after a nice massage or pedicure.  Ahhh...

2. Time to relax: The acupuncture clinic feels like a sanctuary.  After the needles are placed, I have between 45 and 60 minutes of uninterrupted me time.  Its a very nice break from the craziness of usual days and the constant connection to my phone and computer.  It feels like 45 minutes of heaven.    

3. Affordable services: While one-on-one acupuncture sessions may be more expensive, community acupuncture clinics typically operate on a sliding scale.  My clinic accepts payments between $15 to $40.  That's less than some of my doctor visit copays and allows me to afford more frequent treatments.   

4. Holistic healing: I have really enjoyed using acupuncture as a supplement to the care I receive from my primary doctor.  I appreciate that I can receive positive results such as stress relief and pain relief without having to take another prescription.

5. Communal healing: At a community acupuncture clinic, people receive treatments at the same time in a large room.  It caught me a little off guard the first time, but I appreciate this model now because of what I've learned about communal healing affects.  Just as my mood might change walking into a room full of fighting, angry people, I find the peaceful, calm energy of people receiving healing treatments has a positive affect on me.  

If you've been experiencing chronic illness or pain and think you might wan to to try acupuncture, do a little google search and find a clinic in your area.  If you're unsure if acupuncture is a good fit, talk with your primary care physician or give your local acupuncture clinic a call for more information. 

If you're in the Milwaukee area, I highly recommend trying the Milwaukee Community Acupuncture clinic.  Their services are affordable, effective, and they are very easy to work with.  

A "just in case" disclaimer: I am not an acupuncture expert and am writing this post completely based off of my own experience.  Always consult with a doctor (and not a blogger) to ensure that any health endeavor is right for you. 

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