Susan Mosley understands if you’re skeptical. She was skeptical herself.
Mosley, owner of Acupuncture on the Spot in Calhoun, began her medical career as a respiratory specialist before switching to acupuncture and natural healing several years ago. She saw the impact it had on people—including herself — and knew she had found her calling.
“I was grasping around looking for something different,” she said. “I never believed in any of this stuff. But I had gone back and done some preliminary nursing courses and thought ‘I don’t want to go back to school’ but the first time I saw acupuncture, I thought ‘this is what I want to do.’ I had never had it. My first time experiencing it was when I went to the school to interview. I had been in a car for five hours and I had a stiff neck. I went into the student intern clinic and told them my neck was stiff. One of them got up, touched a point on my head and asked ‘Is that sore?’ I was like ouch.”
They did acupuncture on her head and she soon felt relief in her neck. A convert was born.
“I was a believer,” she said.
Walk into her office, located on Wall Street in downtown Calhoun above Mother Nature’s Eden, and it might take a while for you to become a believer, too.
You’ll see Chinese lettering on the walls, a drawing of cats — which you might mistake for a Rorschach test (maybe it is), and incense burning in a corner — near a blow torch, of all things. Then there are the needles.
“People come in with tattoos and are worried about the needles,” Mosley said, laughing.
They really are quite thin, but they’re still sharp.
After helping you overcome your reservations, Mosley will get down to the business of figuring out what is ailing you.
“I get people from all walks of life,” she said. “Most people initially come in for pain but I end up doing lot of internal medicine too. I’ve worked with fertility and women’s issues, helped with infertility and aging issues, but most people come in for back pain or headaches, things like that.”
One of her main approaches to diagnosing and treating a problem is by asking simple questions. Sometimes she finds out that people come in for knee pain, for example, because their back is out of whack.
Once she figures out the underlying problem, she knows how to begin treatment. Some things she treats with herbs —hypertension, for example. Other ailments, like muscle strains, get the acupuncture.
She might start the treatment by explaining that the purpose of acupuncture is to create chemical reactions that facilitate healing.
“We really don’t know why it works, but it does,” Mosley said.
She might explain that the hand, for example, is a representation of the “human animal.” The middle finger represents the head, neck and part of the spine. “Needling” or massaging the middle part of the finger would help relieve pain in the neck, etc.
Next, a patient would lie face down on a massage table and have the needles inserted near the area of pain and at other locations on the back, hands and feet. Suction cups would be applied to help relieve stiffness in muscles. Hot packs would be placed on the spine and minor electrical charges could be added to the needles to further reduce muscle tension. It’s all up to the client.
Though it is perhaps “unusual” to some, acupuncture has become more mainstream over the last decade, Mosley said.
“We have doctors referring patients to us now,” she said. “We are no longer ‘alternative medicine.’”
It does, however, give patients the alternative to choose a different form of medical care.
For more information on Acupuncture on the Spot, visit Acupuncture on the Spot online or call Mosley at 770-548-0172.