Pins & Needles

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Yesterday I went for my first ever acupuncture appointment.  I’ve heard lots of wonderful things about acupuncture in helping with the healing process, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

The main reason for my visit was my right ankle which I had sprained back in April.  I’ve been doing physical therapy exercises to help get it back to normal, and everything was feeling really good…until I recently started running more frequently outside.  My ankle didn’t actually bother me while I was running, it was after I was done running and into the next morning.  Another problem I have is my left knee.  A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Patella Femoral syndrome, or runner’s knee.  I went to physical therapy for it, and I really believe that doing Bar Method a few times a week helped make it stronger.  But lately, it’s been bothering me but not to the point of where I have to stop running.  I’d like to participate in more races in 2012 and I know that my ankles and my knees need to be in tip top shape when training.

I found this place while doing a Google search for acupuncture in Milwaukee.  It’s located in the Bay View neighborhood.  It’s a small little clinic that not only specializes in acupuncture but also offers nutritional counseling, massage, and chiropractic care.  This place was absolutely wonderful.  Right from the beginning, the receptionist was very warm & welcoming and the environment was instantly relaxing.  I handed her my paperwork (I filled it out ahead to save some time) and waited for the acupuncturist to come get me.

She was very friendly and made me feel really comfortable.  I was told ahead of time to wear a tank top or v-neck t-shirt and comfortable pants that could be rolled up.  She asked me what was bothering me, for how long, what makes it feel better and worse…all the basics.  After asking the general questions, she got down to business.  First, she ran an alcohol swab on all the surfaces that she planned on inserting the needles.  Next, she placed the needles into my skin.  I was really nervous & tense and tried my hardest to relax.  It was surprisingly painless.  I could barely feel anything and the ones that I did feel felt like a very, very small pinch.  After she was done inserting the needles, I relaxed and fell asleep for a good 20 minutes.  It was the best nap I think I’ve ever had in my life!  After the 20 minutes, she came back and asked me how I was feeling and then she removed the needles.  She explained that the pain would probably not go away after the first appointment and that I should come at least once a week.

After my first appointment, I did notice that today my ankle had a bigger range of motion that normal and that my knee no longer bothered me while walking up and down the stairs.  I will definitely be making this a weekly thing after Christmas & everything is done with.  I’m hoping that this will lead to a pain-free running season.

If you have any questions about the place I went to, feel free to e-mail me!

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