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Posts tagged back pain

learning to walk

Here are a few things: Pain, especially chronic pain, has a lot to teach us.  It is an opportunity for us to gain some deeper insights into why we have the health concerns we do, examine how our beliefs, habits and lifestyle choices affect us.  This can lead to a level of discovery and healing […]

it just keeps getting weirder

A friend came to me for treatment last week.  She has struggled with health issues for as long as I’ve known her, going to doctors, getting a diagnosis, dutifully doing what they tell her, not getting better.  Repeat, and repeat again. She’s got a new diagnosis, which seems to encompass all her symptoms, and as […]

you have a choice

I am continuously baffled by conversations that go like this: ‘You’re an acupuncturist?’ ‘Yes, I am.’ “I always wanted to try that.  I’ve got this [insert issue here] problem.  The doctor hasn’t been able to do anything about it, and I don’t like pain medication, it messes with my head.’ ‘I’m sorry to hear that.  […]


This is a re-post from 2012 because I’ve had a number of patients recently who either didn’t know about this, or who did know about it forgot to use it on recent injuries.  Everybody’s doing lots more outside things now, so keep a head in your refrigerator first aid kit. ~ k If you’ve been […]

i am not a miracle worker

I follow the insights of a very interesting on-line business coach, who is also an acupuncturist, and he recently posted this on Facebook.  I grabbed it because I wince every time I read it.  It sounds kind of harsh, and I’m not sure I’d ever say something like this to a patient. However. It is […]

‘cure’ vs ‘heal’

It’s been a year since my lower back went nuts, making walking anyplace but in the treatment room (and isn’t that interesting) a challenge. Since then, I’ve been living the exploration of the difference between ‘curing’ and ‘healing’. ‘Curing’ doesn’t seem to be an option for this sort of thing, if my patients are any […]

emotions and pain

Someone posted this picture on Facebook the other day, and I find it utterly fascinating.  It is a representation of body pains, and the emotions associated with them.  The Chinese classics not only teach that you cannot separate body, mind and spirit, but that injury to the spirit has been around a while by the […]

we chose each other

Once a month I travel to eastern Mass to offer acupuncture to clients and staff at the On-Site Academy, a residential program for first responders experiencing the effects of critical incident PTSD. It’s an hour’s drive each way, and this gives me the chance to listen to things that help me with my life and […]

no and yes

One of the cool and interesting things I’m discovering  is that there’s a difference between getting in touch with how I feel, and examining what those feelings mean.  I’m really a star at grabbing on to a feeling and pretty much worrying it to the point of, well not obsession exactly, but pretty close. I’ve […]

what’s with this?

Patients bring many stories to their acupuncture treatments – some already conscious, some rising up as we work together.  These stories are opportunities for personal transformation.  The back pain, the head cold, the depression all hold stories that can change the dance of our lives.  My job is to help bring the stories to consciousness, […]