What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healing. Dr. Chris Chapleau, our Licensed Acupuncturist, will insert tiny needles into points in your body to bring about physiological change. These acupuncture points conduct the vital energy of the body known as Qi. Disruptions in this energy flow can cause pain or illness. Acupuncture corrects these imbalances and rarely causes side effects. Acupuncture can be considered one of the most effective therapies available to stimulate the nervous system. Dr. Chris’ goal is to successfully integrate acupuncture as an adjunctive modality to other wellness services offered at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center to enhance the quality of treatment given to patients.

What can Acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists approximately four dozen different conditions that can be treated by acupuncture. The most common uses are:
Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, Bursitis, Back Pain, Tendonitis, Muscle Weakness, Strains/Sprains, Myofascial Pain, and Post-operative Pain.
Gastrointestinal: Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Digestive Problems, Hemorrhoids, and Liver Conditions.
Gynecological and Genitourinary: Painful Menstruation, Kidney Problems, PMS, Cramps, Sterility and Impotence, Cystitis, Menopausal Syndrome, and Infertility.
Neurological: Bell’s Palsy, Headaches, Neuralgia, Numbness, Paralysis, Parkinson’s Disease, Post-stroke Syndrome, Sciatica, Shingles, and Tremors.
Psychiatric: Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, and Nervous Tension.
Respiratory: Allergies and Asthma.
Ear, Nose, Throat: Sinusitis, Nerve Deafness, Meniere’s Disease, and Tinnitus.
Other: Addictions, Obesity, High Blood Pressure, and Fatigue.

What can I expect during an Acupuncture treatment session?

The first acupuncture appointment is generally used to assess the patient’s general health and history. This appointment may take up to 2 hours as the practitioner will ask many questions, as well as assess the flow of energy in the body. Following appointments will take around 1 hour to complete. Most patients will have 4 to 8 treatments within a 3 to 4-week period and experience improvement. Improvement can be felt possibly the first appointment or the final appointment – results vary from person to person. After this initial period has ended, patients may wish to continue to manage their chronic problems or return for maintenance as needed.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture treatment at Healthy Weighs Wellness Center is safely performed by our professionally trained acupuncturist, Dr. Chris Chapleau. When Acupuncture is performed correctly, there is rarely pain and very minimal risk.