I’m getting to the point of complete desperation and I am willing to try whatever legal methods I can to speed along my recovery.
Luckily I purchased a living social deal a couple months ago for acupuncture that included a consult and two sessions. It was a steal. It was for a community acupuncture place and in case you don’t know how that differs from a regular acupuncture place I’ll tell you:
Community acupuncture is a movement started by POCA (People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture) that aims to make acupuncture treatments for financially accessible to people. Treatments are offered on a non-income based sliding scale…typically anywhere from $20 or $40 depending on what works for you and $40 is still MUCH less expensive than what I’ve paid anywhere else. The catch is that you are treated in a room with other people. This sounded fine to me; I’ve already gotten poked with needles in a room with other people at tattoo studios and blood drives. This would be way more relaxing and therapeutic than that, plus my problem areas are my leg and foot so no removal of clothing would be required.
I picked a B-free morning when I could go get my consultation and have my first appointment. When I arrived at Acupuncture for All – a clean, pleasant establishment just outside of Baltimore – I was the only one there. The acupuncturist came out of the back and my jaw almost hit the floor. I KNEW HIM! He is a good friend of someone that I used to date and I hadn’t seen him for like 7 years. The consultation was a little bit talking about my problems and then a little bit catching up and showing off pictures of Betty. Talk about a small world.
Anyway we started the session and that brings me to another really cool point about community acupuncture: in a non-community appointment you are in a room for a set amount of time before the acupuncturist comes back to take the needles out (my appointments were always in the 20 minute range). Here, I could hang out for much longer. And I did. I had needles placed in my hands, forearms, feet, calves, and earlobes and then was left to just zone out. I must have fallen asleep for awhile because the next time I looked at the clock it was an hour and a half later, I was totally confused as to where I was, and three more people were in the room with me.
All my give-a-damns were busted. Someone could have told me my house was on fire and I probably would have been like
Okay maybe they weren’t THAT busted, but I was SO relaxed. It was awesome.
Going for that one treatment did seem to help somewhat. My leg and big toe feel better. The remaining problem right now is with my second toe which is currently KT-taped to my third toe. I’m so over this. My body and my mind both want to run so badly and this one stupid toe is not cooperating. I hate it and I’m starting to think about having the damn thing cut off.
Hahahaha yeeeeah I’m not entirely kidding.
I have another doctor’s appointment tomorrow and fingers crossed for a more pleasant solution that will hopefully work fast because I’m supposed to run a 12 miler in a little over 2 weeks. Obviously there is no way I’ll be racing that, but I want to finish and get the medal. It’s the last installment in the B3 race series that I have been so excited about all year. (I ran the 5K in March and the 10K in April.)
Have you ever been to acupuncture? What did you think of it? Did it help you?
(This was not my first go-around with acupuncture. It has helped me in the past with several other conditions! I LOVE it and highly recommend it!)