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!