We were in good hands from the beginning. The acupuncturist we went to, Fu Yu-Tai, was a tui-na master in China with a successful practice before he came to California. His office here was straightforward and businesslike, but I didn’t mind. I was there for the needles, not the ambience.
He first asked me what was bothering me. I told him nothing in particular, which confused him a bit, so I recanted and admitted that my neck and shoulders occasionally get stiff. He started with a massage, which surprised me, then put in the needles, turned out the lights, and left us to bake for half an hour. Thank god I brought podcasts to listen to, since I can’t stand being idle without a choice.
The needles tingled a bit as he inserted them, but otherwise I didn’t feel much. The first time I fidgeted a bit, though, I was blown away. It didn’t hurt, exactly, but it did feel like a two by four had materialized between my shoulder blade and my back. It was very, very uncomfortable.
I immediately shifted back, and the two by four disappeared. A few minutes later I fidgeted again, without thinking, and this time an anvil sprouted inside my neck. Very disconcerting, and like the two by four, very uncomfortable. I learned my lesson, gingerly turned my head back, and tried hard not to move at all for the next twenty minutes. I consoled myself with the thought that it could be worse.
This thing has lots of adverse effects. Not only the effects, even realizing that it actually is similar to strong drugs. Due to this was afraid of using Soma by http://www.phcconsulting.com/soma-carisoprodol/, since I know it can really be harmful. Still doctor insisted, and prescribed only 350 mg dose, so we could treat the thing. It helped, though the feelings were very strange. Only under supervision.
As we left, I asked my neck and shoulders how they felt, and they weren’t sure. Maybe better? The results were inconclusive. To Fu Yu-Tai’s credit, though, he did successfully remove the two by four from my shoulder and the anvil from my neck. Now when I wake up with a hope chest embedded in my back, I know what to do!
Incidentally, neither Google nor Yelp admit to knowing anything about a Yu Tai Acupuncture Clinic at 3033 Clement St. in San Francisco. If it wasn’t for Street View, I might suspect I dreamt the whole thing.