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I’ve written about Acupuncture a few times on this blog and will probably do so many more times as there is yet much to be said on the issue.  Acupuncture  has by far become the most important means in my life that has allowed me, and even encouraged me, to make some much-needed changes in my lifestyle.  It’s these lifestyle changes that I’d like to share with the reader in hopes that it might encourage just one person.

People sometimes need to hear the message that change in huge steps is not required.  In fact change in tiny miniscule steps is not only possible but is actually preferred, so the person doesn’t get overwhelmed at any point along the path.  As mentioned above its Acupuncture that made these changes possible for me.

I was so very lucky to be put in contact with an Acupuncturist, trained in Korea for 15 years, who was able to use those precious little needles to relieve 40 long horrible years of severe chronic pain.  I slowly went from walking hunched over a four-wheeled walker, to standing upright using a cane, and then finally standing upright and walking on my own.  I, as well as those who knew me before my visits to the Acupuncturist, consider my progress nothing short of a miracle.  What followed later, in my life, was equally miraculous for me.

The Acupuncturist took my severe pain from an 11 and 12, where an epidural was needed for relief, down to an ongoing 5 and 6.  (I have no doubt that will get even better with time as well.)  This kind of pain relief allowed me to move around much more and discover various exercises that furthered easier movement. 

This easier movement allowed me to exercise with a certain comfort.  No exercise is easy at first but even modest efforts bring a few results, which leads to a desire to accomplish even more.  One important  exercise is the “Forearms Plank” and “The Plank” and yes they are related.  The basic difference here is one exercise is one on the forearms and toes, whereas the other is done on the toes and flat hands.  If you want good flat core muscles then these are the two best exercises you can do.  At first, I would suggest trying for a mere 15 seconds and adding just a few second every other time you do this exercise.  With time I also got into “Tai Chi” and “Yoga”, neither one needing extra equipment of any kind.  My advice is take it easy because regardless of what you’ve heard exercise is NOT supposed to hurt, it’s supposed to strengthen you and help you.

To date I have lost 16 pounds and have taken an entire dress size off, which of course makes me want to see how much more I can accomplish.

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Up to now this blog has been devoted to better taking care of ourselves on the outside with good skin care routines and great makeup products.  None of those items or routines are ever going to do us much good though if we don’t FIRST take care of ourselves on the inside.  Seeing a doctor to resolve medical issues on the inside can often involve taking pills, which all have side effects of varying degrees.  A better approach to healthcare  would be to resolve those healthcare issues as naturally as possible, so there are few if any side effects.    

This natural approach to healthcare, with no adverse side affects, is where acupuncture enters the picture.  I hope by now everyone has read my first article on acupuncture entitled “Acupuncture is Legitimate Healthcare-Part I“, which is written from my own personal experiences with this form of healthcare.

As stated in my first article, the acupuncturist very successfully dealt with the severe pain in my back over a period of time.  In fact these days my back pain, on a good day, runs about a 2 AT THE MOST.  On a bad day the pain is about a 4 if I’ve been moving furniture or doing other heavy activities that put a strain on my back.  Most of the time that level 4 pain goes back down to a 1 or 2 if I just rest a little while.  In fact I’ve been able to completely give up my four-wheeled walker that I relied on constantly.  I’ve also given up the use of a cane because I can now walk completely upright with no pain.  (more…)

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Many insurance companies, unfortunately, do not pay for acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare.  Individuals themselves often do not view acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine as legitimate healthcare either.  Because of these views and less than complimentary opinions I’ve personally heard from associates and friends, I’d like to offer the reader  my personal experiences with acupuncture.  

To give the reader a good sense of why I would consider acupuncture in the first place I must back up for a bit of history.  In another life my husband and I made our living by driving semi-truck cross-country, carrying just about every product imaginable.  The only thing we did not haul was furniture because furniture haulers were not so nicely refered to as “bed bug haulers”, for good reason.  We did haul lumber though and at one point had a flatbed truck loaded two pallets high, about one-and-a-half stories high, with a huge load of lumber.  My husband and I were on top of all this lumber trying to chain it down when I lost grip of the chain.  My husband tried grabbing the front of my blouse but couldn’t hold on and so I went over the side.  I fell to the ground landing on my hips first, then back, then shoulders.  I was in the hospital for a while, and also in a series of body casts and braces, and unable to walk for quite sometime.  Eventually I learned to walk again but for the next forty years I was in constant severe pain. (more…)

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