Acupuncture, a bad shoulder and stress!

Jul 06

Acupuncture: Combating Stress and Shoulder Problems

Stress.  We all have it.  As an Entrepreneur, I have more than my fair share.  As a hair stylist, I wear my body down on a daily basis.  I recently decided to try acupuncture on the advice of our massage therapist Shauna Wright

I met Dr. Ben Townsend at his office just three blocks from the salon. He gave me a series of health surveys and questionnaires. ​ He then took the time to get to know my past health history and my major concerns. 

I came back a few days later to begin treatments.  Dr. Ben Townsend recommended a series of dietary changes that were simple but he thought would begin to address some of my symptoms.  He then said we'd begin a series of treatments to address my stress and my shoulder pain.  For years my shoulder has been clicking or scraping.  This is a result of my job.  I thought that was nothing more I could do than get regular massage with Shawna and my regular Yoga Practice with Marc Guilarte.​

We began by me laying down on a table.  Dr. Townsend inserted needles into various points in my body.  He then applied some radiant heat.  I felt flashes of energy and felt heat moving all over my body.  It wasn't painful.  I barely even felt the needles.  I laid there and listened to some relaxing music for a bit and then it was over.  I felt more relaxed, despite being insanely stressed before treatment, and that feeling continued over the next few days. 

I have had subsequent treatments where I have received Acupuncture, cupping, more nutritional recommendations, and I have to say I have just continued to improve.  

Today I went for treatment.  My stress level was at about a 9.9 on the scale and my shoulder was tight, sore, and clicking like all get out.  60 Minutes later I felt like my stress had dissolved and my shoulder was moving freely and no longer clicking.  

As they say, the proof is in the pudding! 

Check out Dr. Ben Townsend here.