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3-year Neck Pain with only 2 Needles.
Factoid#1: People with long standing pain, soreness, stiffness and all matters of musculo-skeletal problems, whether due to injury, overstrain or some unknown cause, think the only options available are physiotherapy, Chiropractic, massage and pain killers.
Factoid#2: People think Acupuncture must involve many needles, big needles at that.
I call these notions "factoids" because to me, while they should correctly be categorized as merely public "opinion", the pervasiveness of such thought is such that they can be safely termed as factoids, taken as mere fact.
Factoid#1 is problematic for patients because with such mindsets patients effectively excludes themselves to Acupuncture, which can be extremely effective for even the most "chronic" pains. I work with Chiropractors often and tell patients to change such mindsets for the better, for their health actually. Factoid#2 is really a result of ignorance and maybe false media representation? Yes or no, maybe so, who knows, but it's widespread.
People often believe Acupuncture is another way to turn a person into a human porcupine. This is no joke readers; many people really have this kind of idea. This can't be farther from the truth. Licensed Acupuncturists get enough clinical training to do better with much less needles, which are not "BIG" at all, but extremely thin, less than HALF A MILLIMETER WIDE. Patients should be more afraid of the syringe than Acupuncture needles!(but that's not the case!)
I recently treated a patient who complained of her "chronic migraines". Upon physical checkup it was not a migraine at all. Migraines are headaches on the side of the head, but her headache was on the back of her head, which radiates throughout the head. It is a migraine-like headache, but not a real migraine; migraines are related to hormonal and menstrual issues.
|In this diagram, a patient is depicted being pressed on the back of the head by a practitioner. The area pressed is exactly where the patient complained of the source of the migraine. Of course, both sides of the neck.|
This is a cake in the walk for Acupuncture. 2 needles on the hand and the pain was reduced significantly, to the point of almost nothing. A few days later I followed-up and was told the pain is still there but much less, and there was no migraine-like shooting pain throughout the head like before anymore. No massage, no manipulation, this is how Acupuncture works, quick and effective. The only problem is this patient thinks this is good enough, although I think another 1 or 2 more treatments will likely completely eliminate the problem for the long term.
Oh well, what can I do.