Clumsy me and my first chinese orthopaedic treatment

26 November 2017

Hello everyone! I've recently injured my foot and visited a Chinese acupuncture for treatment so here's my two cents on how it went :')

Before I begin hor, I know traditional chinese orthopaedics are pretty common but ya girl here grew up watching a lot of Hong Kong TVB dramas and they tend to portray traditional orthopaedic treatments rather...aggressively lol. So bear with me as I describe this from a scaredy-cat first timer pov.

Long story short, one night I couldn't sleep so I was playing Naruto Blazing on my bed quietly. As I was about to sleep, I wanted to put my phone on the table and because I was sitting with my legs crossed for a long period of time, my left foot started to get pins and needles(feeling numb). So despite fully aware that my left foot was numb, my brain was also quite dumb to decide that "ok let's have the left very numb foot get off the bed first instead of the perfectly fine right foot!" 

The minute I placed pressure on my left foot, it immediately lost balance and twisted itself. Nice. So after that, I limped over to the table, place my phone there, got back to bed and sleep. As my foot was still numb, I didn't feel much pain. Unfortunately, next morning my foot was hurting so bad that my aunt decided to bring me to a traditional Chinese Orthopaedic for treatment. Normally if I sprain my leg or anything I tend to ignore it and let it heal on it's own but I still had some errands to run so I decided to give it a try.

During the treatment, it was hilarious. As I grew up watching shows featuring how chinese orthopedics fixed dislocated bones and acupuncture therapy, I was prettyyyyyyy skeptical. The minute the doctor started inspecting my foot I immediately grabbed on my mom's shirt in prep that he would twist the ankle and all will be good again.

Only thing was, that didn't happen lol. No matter how he turned, nothing seemed to hurt HAHAHA. It only hurts when I walk or when the orthopaedic pressed on my nerve. Meaning I only injured a nerve and its a small matter la, so I guess that was good news???

Sooooooo for treatment, he poked two needles on my hand and continued inspecting my foot. I wasn't afraid of needles but when you have two needles standing on your hand for a couple of minutes, extracting it was quite painful leh. After further inspection he said "ok, wrong nerve" lmao. As I never intended to get any acupuncture treatments, I asked if I could just get the medication instead of the painful acupuncture process.

I know I'm weak, okay???

Luckily the doctor wasn't some scary old man. Instead of poking me with another larger needle, he grabbed some small wooden stick (kinda looks like the skipping rope holder actually) and massaged the side of my hand where the connecting nerve was supposed to be. If I didn't recall wrongly this was called 松根 relief the nerve(?) After that he applied the medication on my foot, wrapped it, and I went home.

Here's my foot for a day. Doesn't it remind you of those fruits wrapped in that little net-like thing HAHAHA.

Overall I guess it was quite the experience la. If you ask me, I guess I wouldn't mind visiting a traditional chinese orthopaedic for that nerve relieving process again but no thanks to acupuncture. I'm honestly too weak for acupuncture haha. I literally can't imagine how people get acupuncture treatments on their face and back when I couldn't even bear two tiny needles on my hand T_T

Right now it's been a week after the treatment and honestly I don't know if it helped? I think the "nerve-relieving" process did help slightly but the medication applied later on didn't seem to do anything. Can't tell if it's the treatment or natural recovery la but my foot is definitely less painful now. Initially it was so bad that if I try putting a lot of weight on my left foot, the piercing pain would be so bad that I'd lose balance! Well anyways, it's recovering now so until next time!!

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