Meet Our Acupuncturist
For a good portion of Dr. Christopher Chapleau’s life, his dreams and professional career aspirations were to become an accomplished and experienced holistic healthcare practitioner. In his journey with helping others, he has become an Acupuncturist, working with patients on all types of health issues. His devotion for the profession and treating people has taken him in this journey to becoming a Doctor of Acupuncture. Although, having the label of Acupuncturist is something he loves and cherishes, the definition of the label Acupuncturist sometimes gets lost in translation, meaning that people often think of him as the guy who sticks “pins and needles into people who suffer from pain.” Even though that is true, he strategically uses fine filiform needles as his chief modality in treating illnesses and managing pain.
Acupuncture is part of a paradigm of natural and holistic medicine called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (world’s oldest intact system of healing). Under this umbrella of TCM, there are many other modalities he has in his toolbox for helping his patients.
The major distinctive approach when practicing TCM is that it allows Dr. Chris to think about why, when, and how a particular modality should be used. This methodology and way of thinking are especially suited to give natural, comprehensive, complementary, and alternative insights into the treatment of chronic diseases that are difficult to cure or even diagnose.
Sports Acupuncture for Athletes
Dr. Chris has over two decades of experience treating all types of people with different disorders. However, Dr. Chris’s specialty is in Sports Acupuncture where he treats musculoskeletal injuries, sport and work injuries, postural imbalances, flexibility, and range of motion. He helps manage pain, and works with athletes of all calibers on recovery and performance.
Dr. Chris is also a Corrective Exercise Trainer and has his Master of Science in Human Performance. This gives him that exceptional blend of education and experience suited to specialize in this area. He uses the traditional TCM, Tendino-Muscle Channel, and Master Tung approach when using Acupuncture and related modalities, as well as a biomedical approach, motor point and trigger point needling.
Through orthopedic assessment, palpation, and muscle testing, Dr. Chris can determine the location of any muscle imbalance, the tissue lesion and pain location. With treatment Dr. Chris uses specific Acupuncture points along with other manual tools to help correct overexcited or inhibited musculature. The idea is to neurologically retune the affected muscle and help the body to rebalance itself between the opposing muscle groups. This brings the body back into balance where the muscles can maintain their strength and tone evenly, allowing for flexibility and optimal joint range of motion.
Dr. Chris’s experience training and treating himself and others in demanding athletic endeavors uniquely prepares him to assist everyone.