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Acupuncture for Oakville

Oakville acupuncture at Devereux Chiropractic and Acupuncture, LLC

Acupuncture on a patient’s knee

Why Acupuncture?

Are you interested in achieving whole health through a variety of natural means? Acupuncture may be a tool you’d like to add to your health care arsenal, not only as a second way to address many of the same things chiropractic care is known to help, but moreover as a balancing tool with proven effectiveness.

Understanding Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a method of healing, which has been practiced for thousands of years and is based on the energy of the body known as “qi” pronounced “CHEE.” This vital energy flows continuously throughout the body along 14 main channels called meridians. These meridians are related to various organs and systems of the body. According to acupuncture theory, vitality and health are determined by a balanced flow of qi. Imbalances such as depleted, excessive or blocked qi can affect the organs and systems of the body yielding to pain and dysfunction or illness.

Depending upon the relationship within the organ system and where on the body the meridian is located determines a lot of the symptoms that might be produced. For example, disharmony in the stomach meridian may produce indigestion, nausea or vomiting. But it may also produce sinus problems because the course the meridian takes in the body goes to the head and crosses the sinuses. Likewise, disharmony within the large intestine meridian may produce loose stool but may also produce arm pain because the large intestine meridian is located in part on the arm.

Holistically Centered

St. Louis acupuncture at Devereux Chiropractic and Acupuncture, LLC

Gentle acupuncture balancing

Because acupuncture is a holistic form of healing, the practitioner is interested in all aspects of your life. Various questions may be asked ranging from where the pain is, what kind of pain it is, how you are feeling mentally, are you happy, sad, fearful, angry etc., to how are you sleeping and what time of the day do you feel better or worse. These types of questions help the practitioner (along with the patient’s history and exam findings) determine meridian imbalances. Once the imbalances are determined the object of acupuncture is to help correct the energetic imbalance and bring about a state of harmony and healing.

This can be achieved by a variety of methods. One way is by inserting thin acupuncture needles into specific points along the meridians known as acupoints. There are hundreds of these points located on various parts of the body. By doing so the practitioner is attempting to balance the flow of qi.

What Should I Expect?

In my practice, when I use needles, I only use sterilized, one time use, disposable needles. But needles are only one of many ways to influence the meridian system. Other methods include but are not limited to: pressure, tapping, electrical stimulation, manipulation, vibration, diet, herbs and lifestyle modifications.

A typical acupuncture/meridian therapy session may last a few minutes to 20 minutes or longer depending on the purpose of the treatment. The balancing affects of these treatments have helped many individuals lead a better quality of life.

What conditions can acupuncture help with?

Since acupuncture treats the whole person removing obstruction in the flow of energy allows the body to come back into balance so healing can occur. Some conditions that I have treated and have responded favorably are:

  • Male and Female issues: infertility, PMS, low libido, menstrual problems (heavy bleeding, scanty periods or spotting).
  • Digestive complaints: IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), constipation, diarrhea, heartburn/acid reflux, hiatal hernia.
  • Neuromusculoskeletal issues: pain syndromes (headaches, migraines, low back, neck, shoulder, joint and extremity pain), sports injuries.
  • Immune dysfunction: low resistance to infection, sinusitis, colds/flu, autoimmune disorders, allergies, eczema.
  • Overall wellness and stress relief.

Call today to learn more about acupuncture, and to get started. (314) 894-1842