Wednesday, July 09, 2008

No Bad Apples



For the last four months I have been limping around like the witch in Snow White. All I needed was a basket of poison apples. Day before yesterday, at the insistence of my sweet daughter-in-law, I went to have a massage. Yes, a m-a-s-s-a-g-e. A first. It was so wonderful, and worked so well to unkink all my jambed muscles and quiet the spasms, that I am going to go again! The lady was so gentle, and kind and concerned, and knowledgeable. She also recommended a doctor of acupuncture (Dr. Ding Hai --which translates into American as Hai Ding, so I'm hoping the law is not after him for impersonating a doctor!) and I have an appointment with him next week. I'm even looking forward to it!

If any of you have experienced acupuncture, I'd be interested to know what you think.... I have been taking so many pain pills that were not working too well anymore, and I have a very good friend (who now has a brand new blog) with a PhD in nutrition, etc., who recommended lots of natural painkillers I am going to try. You can check her out at www.healingbodyspirit.blogspot.com

SHe also has a new book out that I am going to buy next time we go to lunch.

There are no bad apples here!

14 comments:

Paul Bunyan said...

I haven't gone to an acupuncturist but they are all not the same. There are something like 5 different "schools" of ancupuncture that differ in philosiphy/techniques.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

:)

I hope this guy knows what he's doing. I'll let you know.

Paul Bunyan said...

Check out :

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Utah might require them to be liscenced by the state too and you can look around there, maybe... There is also likely an association in Utah that can be contacted for info.

In MN they are regulated...

Dana said...

My masseuse is hot. That's why I go. I'm just sayin'.

blythe said...

I went to an acupuncturist once and it was great. I went for back pain and it cleared it up. I went to a lady my sister had been seeing for months for her migraines, and she was happy with her (didn't cure the recurring problem, but helped ease them when she got them). I had another friend who saw her for problems with asthma and thought it helped tremendously. I'm sure there are quacks though too, so I'd say go somewhere that's been recommended, or see if you can find recommendations about the person online.

Good luck!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Paul, Blythe, I did check around to see that he is indeed a member of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and is state licensed.

Dana, mine is a round, thirty-ish Japanese lady named Kim. I'm just sayin'.

My PT guy, Jake, wasn't bad, though.

crackedheadblog said...

I did acupuncture off and on for a couple of years. I definitely helped me, short-term. After a couple of weeks though, I'd be as bad as ever. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again to help with chronic pain. (Or acute pain for that matter.) Don't let them sell you the herbs and the patches though. That's a racket IMHO.

Pam said...

My grandson has had acupuncture for anxiety, and he says it's a big help. Good luck.

Thanks for your cheers about the van but I had to look twice, I didn't recognize you at first. I like your picture and that you're using your name.

Jo said...

Good luck Joyce and let me know how you like acupucture. If it works, maybe I'll try it too someday! I've been real sick with low iron for 6 years, doctors kept telling me anxiety. Needless to say I'm seeking new doctors all around. I hope your pain is relieved!

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Oh my Joyce, am so sorry to hear what you're going through. In 1987
I had a near-fatal car accident. I woke up and had been recovering in so much pain, I couldn't move or talk. My doctor who had been treating my head injuries was located at Montefiore Hospital in New York. It was difficult to get to him from New Jersey. I knew of acupuncture and discussed it with him. He gave me the name of a licensed, Chinese acupuncturist in NJ. It would work the instant the needles were placed in the desired sites, but would then wear off. He said it would take time, and it did. In a few months, after several sessions a week (which fortunately my insurance company paid for), it finally reduced the pain to tolerable and then to near insignifanct. I do believe in it and massages. Massages also help cleanse the body, relieve stress and blocked circulation. Homeopathy is also a way to go. But most insurances don't cover any of these (shame on them!). Because pills are addictive, have many side effects, and on and on, the most natural you can go, the better you'll feel and be. Stay well, Joyce. And a big hug to you! Petra

twitches said...

My massage therapist does acupressure, which is pretty wonderful. I started getting massages about eight years ago - I go once a month like clockwork and my migraines have all but disappeared. Wonderful way to take time out and take care of yourself.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

You're more than welcome, Joyce. How are you feeling? Better, I hope. Btw, I posted a mini-script about young seniors. We're still somewhere in the middle of the last and this one. I'll have to come up with one just for us. Any ideas are appreciated. Have a wonderful day, Joyce! Petra

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hello again, Joyce. You're probably thinking, what in the world is up with Petra? Well, wanted to tell you your vote was most appreciated in "Dangling Divorce." The winners are Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. Yes, youth and beauty again, but next time around, I think it's going to be a little different. Petra :))

Kay said...

You poor thing. A massage sounds lovely - must say I have never had one myself. Hope the back heals soon - mustn't be much fun for you.