My Acupuncture Experiences

I’m writing this an hour after the session, and I already feel my muscles relaxing. I feel rested, and like I just want to lay down and rest some more. Dr. Kime says that’s my parasympathetic system working, so it’s good to know my body is reacting. Now she’s currently telling me I should be glad we have needles, because when they first started doing acupuncture, they used fish bones and rocks. She knows just what to say to make me feel better!

I did a fourth treatment Friday, November 22nd. Our intern, Hannah, had never done acupuncture before. I warned her she better go first because when I feel a particular point, I tend to verbally react, with things like, “Ooh, felt that one.” “YIKES got me there.” “WOW OKAY THAT’S TENDER.” These reactions, of course, are laughed at  by Dr. Kime as she calls me a whiner (Well maybe I am, but good golly gosh sometimes I just got to react!).

I had my first acupuncture treatment in July 2019. Now, when I decided I was going to do it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d helped Dr. Kime all summer, and knew what the process looked like and how much people loved it, but me? Eh. I’d never been exposed to this type of healing and medicine, so I was skeptical. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in its value, but I wasn’t sure that I’d even feel anything or notice a difference.

I also don’t think I get to say I’m afraid of needles. Like, I am, but it’s more about the thought of what it’s doing and that it’s penetrating my skin versus the actual needle itself. I wear eight earrings, I get tattoos, so it’s not the needle so much as the process.

That first day: I’m holy hecking nervous. I’d casually mentioned it to Dr. Kime earlier that week that I was interested in trying it, and we had free time that afternoon. I went into the treatment room and got settled on the table, and I knew that if she strapped the HSR microphone on and read my heart, it would have been racing. Apparently I was more nervous than I thought. Dr. Kime opened her needles, and I squeezed my eyes shut, waiting for the inevitable pain… That never came. Dr. Kime started laughing at me and said, “I told you so!” She continued to place needles based off what I told her was bothering me. Now, I felt a few, but it wasn’t a pain as much as a temporary discomfort. When I mentioned that, she explained it was because of the amount of energy my body had in that concentrated area, and I would feel the energy shift as I relaxed and rested. That was an interesting concept. I kept that thought in mind as I drifted in and out of sleep, and kept track of where I ‘felt’ the energy. For me, it was a small pulse where a needle was in a meridian point, and then a bit of a tingly sensation. After a minute or two it faded, and those feelings moved around my body and came and went. After that first session, I didn’t really think much about it until about a week later. I reflected on my sleep, my muscle tension, my energy levels, and noticed how much better and more relaxed I was. I didn’t really hit that afternoon slump, I was sleeping better, and my muscle tension was much more reduced.

I did acupuncture again in September and had a similar experience to the first. That time, I noticed a difference sooner with my sleep and fatigue. I was sleeping more soundly, for longer periods of time. My shoulder muscles were relaxed. My lower back didn’t hurt. Maybe, just maybe, this energy-rebalancing idea is real.

Okay. Now in October I did it a third time. And WOW, I felt so many of those needles. Anyone walking by the treatment room would have thought I was being tortured. Dr. Kime just laughed at me and told me “Think how much better you’ll be when you’re done!” She was right, of course. Again, when I say I felt them, they were temporarily uncomfortable as my body reacted because of the pent up energy in those areas. We discussed the points I felt: my shoulders, where I carry stress and tension; fatigue, because I was exhausted and not sleeping well; my stomach and lungs, because I was fighting infection; anxiety, because I was in the middle of several big projects and adjustments. She added extra points to help my body rebalance. As she worked and my body adjusted I immediately felt myself relax, almost like a sigh, saying “Thanks, Robin. We needed this.” I noticed changes right away, too. My muscles relaxed so much after that session, I was sore for the next three days. I was awake, alert, and ready to go.

Needless (get it?) to say, I’m hooked. I’m a believer. It’s a half hour of R&R that allows my body to simply be, in a warm, quiet room with calming music and waves. I never thought I’d be on board with it, but I can’t deny the results I see in myself and other patients who come in. To me, it’s worth it for aide with stress, fatigue, and anxiety. It rebalances my energy and body and helps me prepare for the week’s adventures and work. I feel recharged, and reconnected to myself. Don’t let these pictures fool you, I’ve enjoyed each session I’ve had. And I definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried it. What’s the harm?

-Robin Kime, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinic of Iowa

My First Experience with Acupuncture

Never having acupuncture done before, my thoughts on it were that I knew it involves a lot of needles and that people said it is really relaxing. With that being said, the time leading up to when Dr. Kime would do it to me, I was very anxious. I was excited to know what it felt like and how I would feel afterwards, but I was nervous about the needles hurting when she put them in. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. It exceeded all of my expectations.

The first needle that she put in was in my ear. I felt it, but it didn’t hurt the way that I thought it would. She continued to put the needles in throughout my whole body and I could barely feel it when she did. The two spots that I felt the most were in my right lower leg and my left hand. After a while, I could no longer feel anything in either of the spots because a wave of relaxing and calming sensation took over my body.

Throughout the whole experience, I felt very relaxed. It was almost like a euphoric feeling. My arms is where I felt it the most. My wrists would tingle from time to time, but that was mostly due to me laughing because I could hear my co-worker, Robin, in the room next to me squealing while Dr. Kime was putting the needles in her.

Dr. Kime let me lay there with the needles in for around 30 minutes and I tried to rest the entire time. I was too nervous to fall asleep because I didn’t want to accidentally roll over on the needles, so I simply rested my eyes. After the 30 minutes were up, she came in to take the needles out. This part was much less painful. It didn’t take her long to take them all out and I couldn’t feel a thing while she was doing it. I stretched for a bit once they were all out, and I truly feel more calm and less stressed.

Overall, it made my body feel much better and a lot less tense. It wasn’t what I expected, but I am very happy with how it went and I would love to do it again. I would recommend this to anyone who is in pain or just for anyone who has never tried it before! It is such a good experience and such a good feeling, especially when you are in a calm and comfortable environment!

-Hannah Williams, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinic of Iowa

“I Notice Results Right Away.” Loyal Patient Talks About Personal Experience

When interviewing long-time patient, Glen Martin, he couldn’t speak more highly of Dr. Kime and how much her adjustments and acupuncture has helped him significantly.

Martin found Dr. Kime through the supplements that she supplies for all of her patients, Standard Process. Standard Process is a whole food supplement company from the Wisconsin area. It supports whole body health and is specific to each patient. Each supplement supports different organs and functions of the human body with amazing results.

When Martin first started coming to Dr. Kime, he was only having adjustments done once a month. Due to work stress, worsening migraines, and allergies, Dr. Kime recommended that he try acupuncture to relieve his pain. After doing so, he noticed results right away and has been getting acupuncture done weekly ever since.

Normally, patients go into a special room that is dedicated to acupuncture care, but Martin prefers laying on Dr. Kime’s hydrotherapy table while the needles are in. He claims that it helps loosen him up and relaxes him after a long day at work. His soul purpose for his weekly returning visits is to get rid of his straining migraines and help with his allergies.

Martin then continues to explain his typical acupuncture experience with Dr. Kime. He says that once she puts the needles in, he can tell the places in which they are helping. He then tells her where the pain moved to so she can place the needles in correspondence of that. After the fifteen minutes are up, he can tell that it has helped and his migraine is gone.

When asking Martin why he would recommend more people get acupuncture done, he said because it quickly helps relieve pain and eliminates the need of medication.

We here, at ACCOI, are pleased and proud to be part of Martin’s wellness journey.

-Hannah Williams, Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic of Iowa