By Kevin Turner M.Ac., L.Ac, Dipl.Ac., Shiatsu Practitioner

I said goodbye to one of my patients last week. She came in a couple months ago merely with the hope of healing her painful hip. She certainly didn’t expect to also go on a journey of self-discovery that ultimately would heal a void inside of her. Yet, when she left our office that final time, not only was her hip pain gone, but she felt, in her words, transformed and happier than she’d ever felt before.

The hip pain had been nagging her for almost a year. She had tried the gamut of therapeutic options from physical therapy, chiropractic, stretching, rest, ice, and even massage. Nothing alleviated the pain.

We began our treatments focusing on her hip. Using a combination of acupuncture and shiatsu massage, we were able to help loosen the muscles and alleviate some pain within a couple treatments. However, our pre-acupuncture conversations increasingly were about a deeper subject matter; emotional, even spiritual unrest that she had felt for many years.

Acupuncture and shiatsu treat physical, emotional, and spiritual issues. So after the patient requested me to address this unrest, we began to have the treatments deal with all of her pain equally. The needles would work their “magic”, and she would do homework each week of observing and empowering herself.

Soon, she noticed that she was feeling more positive and patient with herself. Life became simple and less tiring. Her hip was also feeling steadily better. Then one week, she had her “Ah-ha!” moment in which everything became clear to her. She found her answers to all the questions she was asking. She finally had her hope and faith again. And, of course, her hip pain was gone.

She never expected to receive all those gifts, but then that, my friends, is the beauty of this Acupuncture, Shiatsu, and Oriental Medicine.

“…..Ya never know what you’re gonna get!”