Wellness Pathway #178 Trying Acupuncture

One year ago, during the move from Ohio to Virginia, I injured my right shoulder. I have no recollection of any specific injury, I just know that at some point after the move I started having soreness and unattractive grinding sounds in my shoulder. As time went on, I tried massage therapy and chiropractic to relieve the pain and promote healing. When neither one worked, I went to an orthopedic medical doctor who first injected me with a shot of cortisone and, when that did not produce long-term relief, took an MRI to conclude that I had at least partially torn my rotator cuff.

Surgery was scheduled for April, but was delayed when the surgeon went on vacation. My travel schedule pushed back the surgery to early June. In the meantime, I started sitting in a whirlpool on a regular basis, continued my massage therapy, and focused some of my spiritual practices on healing. Last Thursday, I went back to the doctor for a final examination before my surgery. His conclusion? Things were not bad enough to warrant surgery at this time. “Whatever you’re doing,” he said, “keep doing it.”

That I will. In addition, I plan to try acupuncture both as a therapeutic regimen and as a wellness practice. Traditional Chinese acupuncture is more about wellness while modern Western acupuncture is more about therapy. Both practices involve the placement of fine needles into specific points on the body. Chinese acupuncture focuses on the restoration of balanced energy or “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”), while Western acupuncture focuses on pain management and strengthening of the immune system.

If you are interested in acupuncture for wellness or healing, you can find a reputable Chinese acupuncturist in your area by contacting the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or a reputable Western acupuncturist by contacting the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you believe in the body’s power to spontaneously recover from even significant injuries? What alternative therapies have you explored for wellness and healing? Are you afraid or do you welcome them? Why? 

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

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