Last week I hurt myself in an embarrassing manner. I knocked my hips askew while sleeping. The next day it hurt to walk and the day after I tried a trail run. After that misguided experiment I was really broken.
Thankfully I have a good relationship with a reputable chiropractor, who is helping me get well. I was discussing my injury and treatment with a friend, and he mentioned he was having back issues and trying acupuncture.
I told him, “I don’t do acupuncture.”
“Yeah,” he said, “The needles bothered me too at first…”
“It’s not just the needles,” I interruputed, “It’s, well, what happens if there is a fire drill? I mean if you are getting a massage or something you just grab a sheet and wrap up, but you know, you are all full of needles. What do you do?”
Surprisingly, my friend had never considered this scenario, but it’s a legitimate concern. I’m sticking with treatments that have a clearly defined escape plan.