As an Osteopathic Physician, Dr. Mark LaBeau has a unique perspective and approach to the use of acupuncture. Learn about how he integrates the ancient Oriental art of Acupuncture with the contemporary field of Osteopathic medicine.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture in one form or another has been used as a tool to heal imbalances in the body for over 3000 years. Traditionally, in addition to the use of needles, glass cups, and the Chinese herb moxibustion were also used to stimulate one’s body’s health response. Eastern medicine appreciates the importance of harmonious balance in nature as reflected in the human body when one is in optimal health.
ACUPUNCTURE & OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE- MERGING TWO FIELDS OF HOLISTIC MEDICINE
Typically, Dr. LaBeau will start out with Osteopathic myofascial therapy applied to a combination of restrictions that he perceives and painful points a patient will mention while observing which Acupuncture points and meridians are involved. Dr. LaBeau has found that Osteopathic myofascial therapy most efficiently enhances circulation of blood, lymphatics, reduces pressure on nerves and frees-up blocked energy along the meridians.
When pain and symptoms are more persistent, he finds the use of more invasive therapy through the use of Acupuncture needling is helpful to unblock the circulation of any remaining restricted “Chi” or energy.
TREATMENT INDICATIONS FOR ACUPUNCTURE
Common indications for Acupuncture are back pain, digestive complaints, fatigue, headache, hormonal imbalances, joint pain, neuralgias, PMS, sinusitis, TMJ and any condition ending in “itis.” Dr. LaBeau advises a series of ten (10) acupuncture treatments done one to two times weekly for optimum effect and evaluation of benefit. Overall, one can estimate a month of therapy for every year one has had symptoms.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A TREATMENT
After an initial history evaluation Dr. LaBeau will typically evaluate and render treatment with Osteopathic myofascial therapy to increase circulation throughout the body and its meridian channels. After he perceives any blockages he will advise the additional use of acupuncture to further free up pain and energy blockages through blocked meridians. This could be at the end of a visit and typically involves from two to twelve points. When experiencing an Acupuncture treatment Dr. LaBeau advises the patient to rest, relax, and avoid being busy with one’s phone to receive the full endorphin relaxation and healing benefits.
HOLISTIC-TREATING THE WHOLE PERSON
With the focus of Osteopathic myofascial therapy and acupuncture being on circulation, one also needs to consider providing essential nutrients for health and healing. This is why working with one’s diet and supportive nutraceuticals is so important. Essentially, diet and nutraceuticals are the “supply materials” while Osteopathic therapy and acupuncture is the “delivery system.” When working with your health always consider a total treatment perspective.