Finding a good acupuncturist is like winning the lottery. Seriously, I have seen the positive effects of acupuncture first hand, and I feel blessed to have found a great acupuncturist here in San Francisco.
As someone who spends a lot of time sitting at the computer, I developed a repetitive stress injury in my neck that was causing all kinds of discomfort. To those of you reading this now, I hope you’re sitting in an ergonomic chair that fully supports your back with the computer screen at eye level. Don’t slump, don’t bend your neck, and don’t forget to take breaks every hour (more if possible).
I didn’t always follow that advice and now I have to be really careful. My Western doctor prescribed all kinds of muscle relaxants and pain killers but I really didn’t like the side effects (bad on the G.I. tract, dizziness, grogginess). Plus, they really didn’t solve the problem. I went to see a chiropractor, various physical therapists, and even joined a gym, but nothing seemed to help. Finally my doctor suggested acupuncture.
To my surprise and delight, I started experiencing relief after my second acupuncture treatment.
Yeah, I know this looks spooky, but it really doesn’t hurt! And I’m as squeamish as the next person about needles. (I spent my childhood doctor visits fainting at the mere sight of a hyperdermic needle for each vaccination.) But a few strategically placed needles in my hands, wrists, and occasionally calves have really helped!! I was afraid I’d have to get needled in the neck, but not so.
I was lucky that Qingmei Chen, of Center of Harmony Acupuncture, was recommended by a friend. Qingmei received her undergraduate degree from UC-Santa Cruz and then spent four years studying acupuncture for an M.S. She really knows her stuff! She even did her practicum in a hospital in China.
To my great relief, both literally and metaphorically, acupuncture treatments in my hands and wrists have been helping with neck pain! And now I’m going to step away from the computer to take a break from typing. 😉