This week I went to acupuncture for the first time in my life. It isn't so common in the Uk, and I am not sure you can get treatment on the National Health Service.
Recently, as some of you see, I have experiences sharp and sudden cramping or spasms in my right leg. Sometimes in the middle of a lesson I will jump up in pain and start stretching my legs.
So I asked a friend for advice, she is a registered chiropractic. She advised to try acupuncture instead and took me to a clinic near Gakuenmae.
I was very nervous. I hate needles.
But you know - it really wasn't so bad. Little pricking feelings and sometimes my muscles seemed to grab the needles.
I had electric pads and needles on my lower back, my left knee, my right thigh, groin and stomach.
My friend helped interpret for me. Standing at the bedside explaining what the staff were about to do. But actually I understood most of what they said.
Did it help? This week I've had less pain, only twice. And the pain is spread out, not just in one place. Is that better?
I am going again today for my second acupuncture!
* and yes - that "puncture" is the same word as in "My bike has a puncture".