#TrySomethingNew – Acupuncture With Adam

December 18, 2019

As soon as the word acupuncture is said, a lot of people’s initial thoughts are needles, sh*t!” Myself included. I am not a fan of needles, shots or giving blood. With this in mind, you better believe that my experience was quite interesting to say the least. I was challenging myself to get over a small fear of needles by getting dry needling and acupuncture done. As a massage therapist, our forearms muscles can get quite angry with us as we are constantly treating clients day in and day out. So I thought it would be a great idea to give this modality a try and Adam, Physiotherapist extraordinaire, and my co-worker over at our Lancaster, was the perfect person to reach out to. 

 Adam is tremendously knowledgeable in his field and has this great way of making you feel comfortable with the uncomfortable. Right from the beginning of the session, he was putting me at ease by explaining the process step by step. He explained each part of the process thoroughly to make sure I was okay to proceed with acupuncture. He showed me the needles that he would use and demonstrated on the physio table and allowed me to see how incredibly gentle these needles are. From here I felt ready and excited to get the treatment started. We were going to try both acupuncture and dry needling techniques!

These two techniques felt very different from one another. With the dry needling, I felt a build up of anticipation as I was waiting for the “twitch” to happen. It was startling at first but then I became accustomed to the feeling. Following the treatment, my muscles felt stiff but the following day my forearm felt 10 times better! Whereas with the acupuncture, it felt more irritating (to me) at the very least. This technique was definitely less “twitchy” and much more subtle. Although, the awareness you have of the needle breaking the skin’s surface and then staying there brings its own sensations. During my experience, I had an acupuncture needle in the crease of my thumb and first finger. It was itchy at the beginning then a cold flush went through my hand and things calmed down completely after that. 

Both acupuncture and dry needling are very similar in terms of the needles being used used but also very different in the way these techniques are executed. Personally, I preferred the dry needling technique as it targeted my trigger points/knots within the muscle that needed attention versus the acupuncture that is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine more for pain relief and for bringing blood to the area of discomfort/injury. I would recommend acupuncture for anyone struggling with an acute/sub-acute injury that has become painful to move and that would benefit from blood flow to the area.

If you’re curious to try it out and see if it is a good option to include in your personal wellness formula, please come out to visit Adam at the Lancaster Whole Therapy! His years of experience, soothing nature, and strong communication skills make treatments with him a breeze.


Stephanie Lanthier

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