Hi everyone, Has anyone had any experience of having acupuncture ? I am nearly 4 years post stroke, which left me with left side paralysis. Like everyone else, due to the Covid situation I've had no therapy and no hospital check ups for nearly a year and have been thinking of trying something a bit different, in the hope that something actually helps me in this nightmare situation.
I would be grateful for any advice regarding acupuncture.
It will not do any harm.
I had sessions for anxiety etc and it works. The skill is with the person providing the acupuncture.
Four years on and yes, recovery can kick in at any time
Best wishes Colin
I've had acupuncture a few times but mine was about 20 years ago. It does work but you need a few sessions to complete the treatment. ~It doesn't hurt because the needles are so fine but if you get an acupuncturist who likes to 'waggle' the needles around once they are in, it can be a bit uncomfortable but certainly bearable. I was incredibly tired after each treatment but fine the next day.
I've also had acupuncture done by an NHS physio back in the days when 'hands on' treatment was around LOL! That was for frozen shoulder and it got rid of it within 6 sessions. The NHS can provide acupuncture on prescription but it depends on whether your doctor recognises it as an alternative treatment or not. Most GP's don't unfortunately - they think it is mumbo jumbo. Although some forward thinking Drs are all for alternatives to drug treatment so worth a try. It's very relaxing. Mine played chinese relaxation music whilst the needles were in and then after did a bit of reiki.
Would be worth mentioning if you are on blood thinners or not although you will be asked to complete a full questionairre before treatment. As far as I know, you can still have acupuncture on some blood thinners just depends which one.
Hi, thanks for your reply. I'm not on blood thinners. I just happen to read that acupuncture can sometimes help with spasticity. I have botox injections but because they are not given regularly enough (every 3-4 months), they are not very effective, so thought that acupuncture might be an alternative.
My experience of Acupuncture has been very good, for many different issues. Acupuncture is non invasive and can help a lot. For me, this was included with Traditional Chinese Medicine, which covers aspects of health, diet and wellbeing. I would not be walking or playing sport without this.
The downer for me is that I have to be cautious about Acupuncture now as I am on blood thinners. I believe that treatment is possible with care, but needles need to thinner and not inserted deeply. I have not tried it yet though after my stroke. I cannot prove it, but my survival of the stroke may have been influenced by regular acupuncture for five years.
There are different types of Accupunture. I recommend a total body approach, but I cannot look at what is happening! This is not for everyone.
With COVID-19, I am very cautious about treatments, but if it has to be done, then it is worth a try!
Hi sue.my exboss had a stroke last year.i recommended her an acupuncture clinic & she has had several sessions & found it very helpful.the practitioner was very experienced though so id get a good one preferably on recommendation.hope that helps.if ur in greater london/southeast i can give u the name of the acupuncture clinic.all the best.
Hi thanks for your reply. We are in Kent in Greater London and I would be grateful if you could let me have the name of the acupuncture clinic.
Hi Sue, the clinic is kika clinic in croydon.my exboss has acupuncture with the gentleman at the clinic as he is more experienced than his wife who also offers acupuncture.good luck with it wen u get to try it.all the best.mol
Thanks for this thread.
My partner is an acupuncturist and suggested it for my brother who is 6 months into recovery. So I know how she treats all sorts of symptoms (but so far not strokes) and I can say it works.
As to needing several sessions… When was the last time you visited a GP and went away cured? Or a physio? Treatments take a few sessions to have full effect, though you should get some improvement with each one.
A good acupuncturist will need to know you, in order to treat you differently from the next patient. So they ask a lot of questions to get to your character, and use different points as a result.
They also can use heat (moxa) instead of needles, and personally I think this is a good option for stroke treatment.
I am really surprised it is not recommended generally.
Let’s see. We are going to try it.