Tag: Alternative Therapies
Thin stainless-steel needles stand sentry on either side of her spine as she lies on a padded table facing the wall. It’s a position the small, feisty thirty-year-old can’t get into on her own: When she was nine, a teenage boy accidentally shot her, severing her spinal cord and paralyzing her below the chest. To get her here, her acupuncturist lifts her from her wheelchair and carries her, like a bride over a threshold. He props a pillow between her legs, hikes up her red Nebraska Huskers T-shirt, unwraps his sterile needles and taps them into the skin above where her black lace underwear peeks out from the top of her yoga pants.