Electro-Acupuncture Tickles

Last week, I was in a car accident. While I’m grateful I walked away from it, dazed but otherwise in one piece, a day later I noticed my right shoulder was numb. I was out of town and figured I’d just see if it went away on its own. By Monday, it hadn’t, so I made an appointment with my acupuncturist on Tuesday.

After examining my range of motion and strength resistance tests, she assessed that it was a result from the collision. My body and neck had flung to the left when the other driver hit the right of my car. She focused the needle prescription on all the areas that would heal my neck, shoulder and arm. With accidents like this, she advised coming again today to do some more concentrated work on releasing the trauma.

Today’s session was the first time she used electro-acupuncture. Once all the needles were in place along my shoulder, neck, base of my head and below my ear, she attached electrodes to the end of some. These electrodes vibrated the needles, which feels like someone tickling you. It is intended to stimulate your qi. The sensation was intriguingly new.

“You’re body has been through a trauma,” she said. “We’ve got to fix this fast. Just because you didn’t initially feel any injuries doesn’t mean they’re not there. Your body holds this shock in. Over the next 90 days, they’ll start to surface.”

In addition, after the needles were removed, she cupped two sections of the numb area to continue to get the qi flowing. She warned me that I might end up with a purple patch below my ear. I’m curious to see if that will indeed be the case.

Given I only had my first acupuncture experience a few months ago, I’m learning all about the various ways this alternative medicine can help me heal. I find it fascinating. Hopefully I will start to get feeling back in my shoulder again soon. In the meantime, I am going to follow the doctor’s orders.


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