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Fayetteville, NY: Casey Lewis

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, stress
Styles: Herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
The human body has always fascinated me. It is so complex, and so many things can go wrong. I always felt its ability to heal itself was underestimated by modern medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine allows me to learn more about the human body, while helping people unlock their true healing potential. It is also a knowledge base and skill set that I will always have with me since it is not dependent on lab tests, diagnostic imaging, or even electricity.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Every acupuncturist learns, more or less, the same curriculum during his or her training. However, I feel like learning is a never ending process and am always working on expanding my knowledge base and skill set. I also put a big emphasis on educating my patients about their health rather than just sticking a few needles in them and calling it good enough.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
There are a lot of great things about my work, but first and foremost is helping people. My best days are when people come in for a follow up appointment and tell me how good they have felt. It is especially rewarding in those cases where someone has been dealing with a chronic issue for possibly years and tried many other things with no relief.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
There are many, many misconceptions about acupuncture. Besides those surrounding needling and the pain people expect it to cause, the biggest misconception is that acupuncture doesn’t work, or only works via a placebo effect. There are some major issues with some of the research being done. Those who are anti-acupuncture seem to focus on those flaws and ignore the fact that when compared with other treatments, acupuncture often yields comparable or superior results with little to no side effects. Or opponents get hung up about qi and the meridian systems. If someone definitively proved that qi and the meridians did not exist, acupuncture would still continue to work just fine.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I make qigong exercises (a moving meditation practice similar to yoga) a big part of my routine. It helps me manage stress and be aware of my own body. I do my best to keep stress to a minimum and sleep well (though with a newborn in the house this last part has room for improvement). Regular acupuncture and chiropractic treatments keep me feeling great. I try to be smart about diet and exercise without going to any extremes.

When is the best time for the average person to start getting acupuncture?
Your health is an investment. Just like saving for retirement, if you don’t take care of your health when you’re young and already healthy, it will “cost more” down the road. Waiting until you’re sick or in pain to start taking care of yourself is like waiting until you retire to start saving money. Acupuncture is one of only a few therapies that can (and should) be done on someone who is already healthy.

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(315) 569-6579

7211 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY 13066

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