At Lake View Chiropractic in Chicago, IL, we proudly offer professional acupuncture services provided by Dr. Katie Jo Schuler of Lakeview Acupuncture & Wellness. Dr. Schuler practices acupuncture within our facility, employing traditional Chinese medicine techniques refined over thousands of years to promote wellness and pain management.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapy involving the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture balances the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture can re-balance your energy flow and influence the health of various body systems.

Modern science suggests that acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. This stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.

Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Pain Management: Effective in reducing pain caused by various conditions, including headaches, back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.
  • Stress Reduction: Helps in managing stress by relaxing the nervous system and promoting a sense of well-being.
  • Enhanced Immune System: Stimulates immune system response and supports overall immunity.
  • Improved Digestion: Can help regulate digestive health, which is crucial for overall wellness.

What to Expect During Your Visit

During your first acupuncture session at Lake View Chiropractic, you’ll undergo a comprehensive assessment where our acupuncturist will discuss your health concerns and objectives. This initial consultation focuses on understanding your symptoms and lifestyle to create a personalized treatment plan.

Each session typically lasts between 45 to 60 minutes. Patients often begin seeing improvements after a few sessions, but treatment plans vary based on individual needs.

Why Choose Lake View Chiropractic for Acupuncture?

  • Expert Practitioner Dr. Katie Jo Schuler: Our licensed acupuncturist brings years of experience and a compassionate approach to each session.
  • Holistic Care: We believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, ensuring comprehensive care tailored to your wellness goals.
  • Integrated Therapies: Alongside acupuncture, we offer a range of services such as chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and massage therapy to support your journey to optimal health.

To discover more about our acupuncture services with Dr. Katie Jo Schuler, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at Lake View Chiropractic in Chicago, or visit Experience the profound benefits of this ancient practice and take a vital step towards a healthier, more balanced life.

Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture at Lake View Chiropractic

What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is effective in treating a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, menstrual cramps, weight control, infertility, and more. It is a versatile treatment that helps to manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.

Is acupuncture painful?
Most patients report feeling minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted. Some people feel no pain at all. Acupuncture needles are very thin and are designed to be painless upon entry. Once the needles are in place, you may feel a mild sensation which is generally considered to be relaxing.

How many acupuncture sessions will I need?
The number of treatments varies from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even longer to achieve significant results. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific symptoms and wellness goals, often including multiple sessions.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
Many insurance plans now cover acupuncture, but coverage can vary widely. Contact your insurance provider to find out if your treatment will be covered or speak to our staff at Lake View Chiropractic, and we can provide assistance with insurance verification.

What should I do before my acupuncture session?
To prepare for an acupuncture session, make sure you:

  • Eat a light meal a few hours before your appointment to prevent nausea.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow access to acupuncture points.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine on the day of your treatment as they can alter your body’s response to acupuncture.

Are there any side effects of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a very safe method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning. Minor side effects may include bruising, soreness, or bleeding at the needle sites. These are typically temporary and mild.

How do I know if acupuncture is right for me?
Acupuncture is suited for almost anyone looking to reduce symptoms of pain and enhance overall health. However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment plan. At Lake View Chiropractic, our licensed acupuncturists can assess your condition and discuss whether acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for you.

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