I’ve been a nurse for almost three decades, and four years ago, I became the Director of Nursing at a rehab facility with more than 100 staff members. As the primary liaison between executive management and our staff, I’m pretty much on call 24/7. It’s a very busy and physical lifestyle–28 years working on my feet, lifting people, caring for both patients and staff–that takes a toll. When you’re 20, it’s no big deal. But when you’re 50, 55, 60, you don’t bounce back like you used to. In my profession, back pain injuries are common: it isn’t a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of “when.”
Western medicine is built on a ‘pill culture’. Patients in our facility each take between five and 27 pills a day, and administering medications to just 30 of them takes me more than four hours. I have seen too many nurses with bad backs who end up addicted to pain medications, and I didn’t want to be the next statistic. That’s why I decided to look for all-natural alternatives to manage my back pain.
I started with massage and acupressure, but looking for something more effective, I searched for acupuncture in the Wilmington area instead. After reading the websites and bios of different acupuncturists and chiropractors, I chose Robert at Acupuncture Associates, in part, because his site featured a testimonial from another nurse.
Not only does acupuncture make my back feel better, it also helps my stress levels tremendously. I’ve been seeing Robert every 3 to 6 weeks for more than a year now, and honestly, just sitting in the beautiful waiting room makes me feel calmer and less stressed. I didn’t know the process itself would be so relaxing. At a recent appointment, when Robert returned to the room to remove the needles he had used for my treatment, I was so relaxed, I had fallen asleep!
As a nurse, I know a few things about good beside manners, and I’ll tell you what –Robert has one of the best. He’s calm and personable, he puts the patient at ease, and he’s very good at explaining exactly what he’s doing and why.
While I know my back with never be completely cured – I can cough the wrong way and throw it out – I do feel a substantial difference in my day-to-day pain levels and my overall wellbeing. Of course, I tell everyone I know about Robert and Acupuncture Associates. I may work in Western medicine, but I’ve become an honest-to-goodness evangelical when it comes to the benefits of acupuncture! – J.W.