Deal: 3 60-minute Acupuncture Treatments at Marshall Back and Wellness
Money Saved: $116
I’ve always been interested in alternative health treatments so acupuncture has been on my to-do list for a very long time. Acupuncture is a highly recognized form of medicine in the East but is considered more of a pseudoscience by Western medicine. Despite having very little scientific evidence to support its effectiveness, acupuncture has even been said to treat conditions like anxiety, PMS, sinus congestion, migraines, arthritis, and a slew of other physical and psychological ailments. So, I decided to see for myself if it’s the placebo effect or whether it actually works.
My first session was on my shoulders (not shown). Since I sleep weird and carry all my stress in my shoulders, that area is always really tense. About 10 needles were placed in my back, shoulders, and ears. Initially, I thought the placement of the needles was arbitrary because the process was pretty fast. According to the doctor’s explanation of what was happening, the needles are placed along meridians of bodily energy flow to help unclog them. It wasn’t painful, just a quick pinch for some of the needles. Then, I relaxed for about 30 or 40 minutes.
During that time I did experience a weird, numb sensation in the deltoid area. Apparently, that’s a good thing that I found out is called Deqi. The pain relief lasted about 4 or 5 days before it came back. Not from a lack of effectiveness, but from me just sleeping weird and carrying tension in that area again. The next session was on my knees. I pretty much slept through the entire session, but I did experience the numb sensation in my foot. After the session was over I did notice some pain relief, but not as much as my shoulders.
Would I do it again?
Overall the experience was extremely pleasant and relaxing. The service was great and the practitioner is extremely knowledgeable. The ONLY reason it gets a 4 is because of my extreme dislike for needles. Based on these sessions, I think that acupuncture is effective. Even if my results were just placebo effect, there’s clearly power in believing you feel better. Maybe that’s the point.