Benfits of acupuncture Warning, this is a bit of a novel. Due to the onset of love handles and beer tummy (Not a gut, I tell you!) and a desire to enjoy my hill walking a bit more by not ending steep uphills gasping like an eighty year old 60 a day tabber, I started doing some jogging again, I wouldn't flatter it with calling it running. After a month I'd built up to about 6x6km runs a week, not interested in times (OK they're rubbish.:-D But hey I'm not a Young Thruster anymore, so sue me.). All was going well until an excess of Crimbo gift cash and New Year sales enticed me to buy a new pair of trainers. Tried them on the shop treadmill for a bit and parted with the dosh. Next day, day 2 of a 4 day break, stoopid dons new trainers and after a warm up and stretch, heads out on what would have been a 5km trot to try them out. All good, when fook me at about 4 km I felt a tear in my calf muscle. OH YOU #[email protected]@ !&*%$$ etc. Limped home. Once showered, I Deep Heated the twat and then gave it some RICE for the rest of the day. All seemed ok a bit of deep muscle pain etc, but hey I've seen the sign on Heartbreak Lane so I could hack it. Next couple of days maintained the Deep heat and wifey massage routine, see strains aren't all bad! Anyhoo back to work, felt ok until I was off on a book quest mission, when the patron called out something and I half turned back to ask her to repeat herself when the fooker tore again! Not as bad as the first but it fooked me right off. So I knew it was time to seek professional help and Mrs NZB mentioned a friend of hers had used and recommended a local Physioterrorist and so I booked up an appointment. The Physio turned out to be an Asian guy who'd graduated from the local Uni physio course and set up business. Paperwork and Q&A completed we headed off for the treatment room. Expecting a bit of massage and a show and tell on stretching etc, I was a bit surprised when he asked if I was interested in acupuncture for pain relief. Never having had acupuncture I hesitated then said OKaaaaay. Of the 5 needles he used I only really felt one go in to the muscle, apart from the tapping as he pushed them in. 5 mins later, out they came and then I got the massage and stretch routine. Today the muscle still feels tight but the 'pain' has mostly gone and I'm a bit more optimistic long term. So have any other RRers had acpuncture treatment for any ailments? Your opinions on effectiveness would be appreciated.