No Pain No Gain

Jul 09, 2013
Tagged with: No Pain No Gain

I’m certain most of you who live with a disability also suffer from chronic pain due to your condition.  Many of my friends with numerous kinds of physical disabilities and I often discuss how we wish there was a suitable solution to help our pain.  While different kinds of drugs help I prefer holistic remedies.  I have used acupuncture a couple of times and I am a fan of the therapy.  Before I tell you all about my personal story with acupuncture, I would like to share a few fun facts about the history of the practice.

Acupuncture has been dated all the way back to the 1500’s, but was not brought to popularity in America until President Nixon in 1970.  Soon after his trip to China the practice became popular in America, but was banned by the American Medical Association and the Food and Drug Administration.  The practice does not focus on the diagnosis, but rather the person’s body and how to balance the body to work in sync.  In addition, acupuncture primarily puts emphasis on each individual’s body, energy, and pulse.

When I was younger my mother took me to see an acupuncturist for my chronic pain and the subsequent contractions due to my Muscular Dystrophy.  At the time I didn’t think that the therapy worked, but I contribute the lack of benefit to the fact that I didn’t follow the acupuncturist instructions entirely.  First she asked where my pain was and to be exact.  After the quick consult, she placed the needles to the different appropriate locations on my body.  Up until the next part I didn’t mind anything about the process, but when she asked me to rest/meditate for an hour and to lie still in a dark room, that’s where I drew the line.  I was not one of those easy children that do what they’re told even if I just had to rest.  Of course I was physically still, I did not have another option, but I was very vocal about the lack of entertainment that hour.  Looking back I think that the meditation time has a huge role in the overall healing process. I wish I had thoroughly followed their directions.  In December of 2010 I had surgery and the anesthesiologist also performed acupuncture to help protect my lungs, GI track and for full healing.  In my opinion the therapy worked better the second time because I approached the situation with a more mature state and open mind.  I believe that there is some true healing power to acupuncture because I think all parts of the body affect each other and would encourage anyone who has chronic pain to try the practice.  However if it is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other natural aids, such as swimming, physical therapy, adapted yoga, reflexology, massage as well as many other options.


Here’s the link where I found the information out about acupuncture.


Author: Demi Eckhoff