My Next Attempt at Healing: Acupuncture and Running
Earlier this week my sports chiro suggested I consider acupuncture on my hamstring, at first I was skeptical but decided to give it a try after I was referred to a sports certified acupuncturist. So in the past 24 hours both Morgan and I had our first acupuncture sessions. I figured I needed to know what Morgan was experiencing, right? His acupuncture is to help alleviate pain and side effects of his chemotherapy so different yet similar. My medical based mind is becoming more open as I experience benefits for non-mainstream treatments; first was the Naturopath and now maybe this too.
But in typical me fashion I did my research and have to admit I was a little surprised at the amount of supporting evidence. I saw number from 90-100% cure rate of hamstring tendonopathy with acupuncture, wow! I will say I didn’t read the full study so I can’t say if n=1 or 1,000! I honestly have no idea how or why it works but did find that it promotes healing and can help with injury prevention. I also found lists of many elite runners who routinely have acupuncture. Here is a great article in Runners World
Despite my multiple tattoos and plans for more in the near future I am not a fan of needles and was a bit apprehensive even though I knew these were small. I can sum up the experience in 2 words: Odd and wow! The needles did not hurt at all, really nothing more than a dull quick poke. Then came the warm sensation and at times a dull ache of the muscle. At one point I could feel the entire left side of my body getting heavy, I felt as if the table of tipping that way. She then worked on my tight hip and glute and it was almost immediate muscle release as the needle hit, strange! After all the needles were in: low back, left foot, calf, hamstring, glute, hip and right hand and calf; I had time to just relax under a heat lamp. After working 14 hours Wednesday and 10 hours Thursday I needed time to just relax, eyes closed in calm. It was perfect. She returned 5 minutes, 15 minutes (I honestly have no idea) later to remove the needles and I was done.
I have no idea right now what to think other than my leg feels much looser. I did a quick run through the parking lot as I left in attempts to stay a little dry and the leg felt fine, okay not a great indication. Hoping that the true answer and benefit is shown to me on Sunday. Who else has tried acupuncture? What did you think?