Thursday, December 15, 2005

Being jabbed with needles makes me laugh

Had my third physio session today. Tim found another tight muscle and asked, "Can I put just one needle in that?"

Of course, I found myself saying yes again. (Still can't believe I trust someone I barely know enough to stick me with accupuncture needles -- or any kind needle, for that matter -- but there you go...)

Well, one needle ended up being two. I mentioned that I can't even watch needles on TV and he said, "Good... We're helping you deal with your fears then."

Yeah... that's it....

We have figured out something, Tim and I... when he says, "Tell me when you feel it..."

Of course... I'm so out of touch with my body that there's nothing.... nothing... nothing... then I go from zero to ... (
well... let's not put a number on it...) in a fraction of a second.

What happens is that I involuntarily break out into spasms ... of laughter.


It's totally bizarre... embarrassing, almost.

Today, Tim smiled when this happened and said, "OK.... we know that when you laugh you feel it... That's good... That's our goal then... make you laugh."

Me... gasping... giggling... "Yeah... Sure... Whatever... Now -- Stop!"

13 comments:

Ms.L said...

LOL
That's funny!
I'm like that during massages;p

Turtle Guy said...

most interesting.

D said...

Hilarious!

Turtle Guy said...

...I'll remember this the next time you tell me to stop needling you...

Turtle Guy said...

...sorry, just poking fun!

Turtle Guy said...

...i'm resisting the urge for yet another jab...

ipodmomma said...

I really can't say enough good about my osteo. I guess it's just about finding whoever works best, and sticking with it...

Peter started seeing her when he slipped on some ice two years ago, and needed some adjustment.

one day I went in, and said that my youngest was complaining of neck pains, and would it be okay if I brought her along with me one day, and Kathryn said sure. when I got home, Jocelyn told me that she found a book in her pillowcase, and that she'd slept on it!

no osteo for her yet. we just try to keep the books out of strange places these days... :)))

ipodmomma said...

this has nothign to do with acupuncture, but an AGA (they start with the same letter!) is a big oven/stove that is always hot.

http://www.aga-ranges.com/

they are pretty highbrow over here, and the house we are in now came with one. the wonderful thing about them is no preheating, and they cook food really well. and, they are a great heat source!

we have a two oven AGA, from the 50's or so. it works great! we have it serviced once a year, and I have some good pics of the guy when he came... will post them. made the fruitcakes in the lower oven, great for pizzas and you never have to clean the oven, because it just burns away!

oldhall said...

It would be a good joke, if we ever meet- I'll bring some long needles along... "okay, are you ready to start?"

"NOOOOOOOO!!!!"

I guess I've ruined the joke now.

JB said...

I have to tell you what happened to my mother-in-law with her first try at accupuncture. She's at the doctor's office (she has two degenerated disks in her lower back) and her doctor says "would you like to try accupuncture?" My mother-in-law figured it was worth a try and so said yes. She was expecting to be referred to someone but no, the doctor whips out a set of needles right then and there. He proceeds to "needle" her (I'm sure there's a proper term for this - maybe "puncture"?) all over her body from her forehead to her little toe and in-between. He then tells her she needs to stay like that for 20 minutes. She's thinking that's not so bad but after 20 minutes go by, 25 minutes, 30 minutes.... she's a little worried and starts banging on the wall. She doesn't want to get up because of all the needles... Anyway, after 45 minutes she does get up and wanders out into the hall to see a very ashamed doctor who had completely forgotten about her. I can just picture her in the little gown they give you with needles coming out of her head, toes, back and wherever else!

I asked her if the accupuncture helped, she said no.

:)
JB

zouzou said...

Sarah, you shouldn't actually BE "feeling" the needles when they go in. If you feel a jabbing sensation or actual pain or a consistent sharp tingling radiating from the needle, he has hit a nerve ending and the needle should be immediately removed and repositioned properly. The feeling I get when the needles go in is very occasionally a tiny prickling sensation and sometimes a tingling, but never painful. If they are "working" properly, the sensation is of itchiness or heat around the spot of the needle and sometimes in a related "chi" spot. I mention these to my acupuncturist and she either adjusts (I call it "tweaking") or says that's what's supposed to be happening. You may be able to tune into these sensations as you progress along body consciousness!

Elliot said...

No one's ever offered me acupuncture. I'm not hanging around with the right crowd, or not hanging out in the right neighborhoods. My wife has told me she'd give it a try on me, but I'm not accepting that offer.

But, good for you Sarah. You sound like something of a super hero ("Ha! Needles? Is that all you have? Ha! I laugh at mere needles!" Insert manaical, needle-inspired laughter).

Sarah Elaine said...

Superhero? Nah...

Weirdo? Quite possibly!

Z. - Needles did not hurt going in! Not at all... But when they were "tweaked", I felt severe and immediate cramping -- which was the desired result.

For what it's worth, the muscle has relaxed considerably, so they did their job, those little shards of metal...