Have you tried cupping?
We’re fortunate to live in a community where we have a variety of resources to help us maintain and improve our health. We live in a time where Western medicine and Eastern medicine are finding ways to co-exist and complement each other. As a writer, I spend a lot of time on my computer. And as someone who dislikes exercise, I don’t do enough stretching and muscle work to combat the damage done by sitting for long periods. When my back and shoulder pain started to become an issue, I decided to try something new. At Balance Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Excelsior, acupuncturist Stephanie Ykema-Stunes suggested we try cupping: Little glass containers are used in conjunction with a flame to create suction when placed on your skin. I could feel the heat of the flame, but it wasn’t uncomfortable. The suction the cup created was firm but not painful. I wondered how something so simple could loosen my extremely tight muscles—but it did the job. When I got up from the table after my cupping treatment, I could already feel my back and shoulders relaxing. For a few days, my back looked like I had a run-in with an octopus, but it didn’t hurt. It’s great to explore different—even unusual—treatments for what ails us.