Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Take Care Tuesdays: Acupuncture

Baltimore, MD, USA
Take Care Tuesday came just in the knick of time this week!

I've been receiving many questions about acupuncture since I started and I have to be honest, it's not what I expected- it's better

I ended up trying acupuncture because I was having panic attacks every single night at 9pm for four nights in a row. 
Weird, I know. Also terrible.
 If you've ever had one you know that you'd be willing to try just about anything to get them to stop. 
I had heard so many awesome things about acupuncture and {as the universe does} a friend (Elise- Caturday Style), had just gone to Mend Acupuncture and had very good things to say. 

No time like the present.

Mend Remington Location

As always before I went, I did my research.
I was very impressed with the credentials of the staff at Mend so I felt good about going.
Also- it is covered by my insurance (Blue Cross), and I only have to pay a deductible.

So far acupuncture has helped with/cured my:
-Panic attacks - never had one after I went
-Sad mood/depression
-Poor energy (as in lethargy but also feelings of toxic energy around me)
- Sleep issues
-Stress levels 

I know what you are thinking.
Those are needles right? Doesn't it hurt?

In short, no. I'm not afraid of needles to begin with, but this is nothing like getting a shot. 
They use pins (needle-like) to hit pressure points that will improve your symptoms and that's it!
There's nothing in them and you really don't feel it at all once they are in, and barely when they put them in, but often not at all.

How long does it take?
Generally 30 minutes to 45 minutes. 
Confession: I usually take a nap for at least half of it.
When I'm not taking a nap, I meditate.

I've never felt so zen afterwards in my life! The feeling of relaxation afterwards is amazing. 

After your first trip they will give you a pamphlet like the below and their recommendations for your personal experience/treatment plan. 
For me, they said to come back more often at first, which I did, and now I go once a week which is perfect for me. If I feel the need to go again, they are very flexible. 

Mend also offers community sessions, which are very affordable as well (especially helpful if your insurance does not cover). 

For convenience, they have 3 locations:
Quarry Lake

I couldn't recommend acupuncture enough and I am excited to have found something else that helps with both my physical and mental side. 
Just so you know, acupuncture also helps with cold and sickness- something I used it for just today!

Have a great week,

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