My friend Hayden recently launched his business Active Life Acupuncture. While I had tried acupuncture in the past, I didn't feel like it was for me. I didn't like yoga either and now I am in training to be a teacher.
Hayden's office is located in downtown Fayetteville on School Avenue, in a super cute old house. His office is warm and welcoming with a lot of natural light. Hayden is a board certified acupuncturist, Diplomate of Oriental medicine and certified yoga teacher. At Active Life Acupuncture he offers acpuncuture, fire cupping, medical massage, Moxa, Chinese herbal medicine and private yoga lessons.
I recently had my initial appointment with Hayden. The first appointment begins with an interview. The interview tells Hayden why you are seeking acupuncture, any areas of the body that may be in pain, health history and getting to know each other. After the interview, he evaluated my posture, took my pulse and asked me to move my injured shoulder in several directions.
Since I have had acupuncture in the past, I wasn't nervous about the needles. The needles are sterile, very fine and are never supposed to hurt after they are adjusted.
My personal experience is a slight shot of tingling, which Hayden told me is your body's normal response to recognizing what is happening. I have also experienced a dull ache but not to the point where I can't relax. Hayden informed me that sometimes it will feel like the needle is in for a few hours after the visit. For me, the worst part of acupuncture is the needles in my ear. I can hear the needle poke into my skin, but it doesn't hurt.
The last part of acupuncture is the best part, relaxation! Hayden made
sure that I was warm enough and left the room for about 15 minutes. I
was so relaxed and comfortable that I drifted in and out of sleep. After
resting, the needles are gently taken out and you can go about the rest
of your day reaping the benefits.
I chose to seek out acupuncture for depression; however, acupuncture can treat a variety of ailments from immune disorders, pain management, addiction and various other issues.
If you are curious about acupuncture and alternative medicine, I recommend giving Hayden a call, his easy nature and genuine desire to help is sure to put you at ease.