Friday, October 7, 2011

#OccupySouthAustinCommunityAcupuncture (or the cheesy bandwagon post; or the unlimitables)

I don't really know the hashdot. Wait, hashtag apparently. I swung by city hall last night just to see what was happening, it was a nice night out after all. Now I don't really care to speculate here about what the Occupy movement (or post-post-post-grad school graduation party) really will mean for everyone when it's all said and done, but it definitely re-emphasized a lot of what South Austin Community Acupuncture, and all the other community acupuncture clinics, have been practicing for awhile now: People getting together in a big space, hanging out for awhile, looking for, and often finding something to be different by the end of it and coming back again to occupy and fill that space up another time. This is what makes community acupuncture effective: the consistency of the occupation. And the occupation of the big room is strong because even when only one person is there they are welcoming the many and when many are there they are welcoming the one.

The economic frustrations that are pushing the Occupy crowd are an element that pushed the community acupuncture movement. It makes acupuncture available at a cost that the 99% of people can actually afford. Acupuncturists often emphasize the need to actually get acupuncture to see it help. But help you can't afford isn't really going to do the job. So we've made acupuncture affordable and the most important part of that equation is that it's still effective at this affordable cost. Call us a factory that just sticks needles in people over and over. It's a factory that hums a lot. The waking-up-in-the-morning-like-you-want-to-wake-up “hum”. (You may have forgotten about it, but it is a real phenomenon.)

Patients have simple demands for large problems: more sleep; less sleep; less stuffy nose; make me poop; help this rash; prevent me from going ballistic on my co-workers; standing up without pain would be nice. We limit barriers to these demands when so many other avenues have come up short. These barriers are financial. They are physical. They are psychological. All those types of barriers that patients know about like only they can. So come, unlimit yourself. Bring a friend, occupy a recliner.