Registered acupuncturist Brenna Bouchard sees about 30 to 35 patients each week at her practice in Fort Saskatchewan.
People come by her clinic seeking relief from a number of health problems, including migraines, hormonal balance issues and depression.
The local health-care professional says many of her patients have one problem in common – too much stress in their lives.
"A lot of people, the root cause of what is going on in their body is stress,” Bouchard said.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, stress can cause physical symptoms such as a racing heart and tense muscles and eventually lead to sleep problems, headaches or other issues. Daily hassles and major life changes are common sources of stress.
Bouchard, who has been practicing in Fort Saskatchewan since December, was drawn to the profession after experiencing the benefits of acupuncture for herself.
“I personally had a sports injury and nobody seemed to be able to help me, so I actually did acupuncture as a last resort and then I found out it could help me with a whole other slew of things like digestive health and things like that,” she said.
Bouchard considers the body as a whole when developing treatment plans. She starts with the idea that everyone’s situation is unique.
“Chinese medicine is a little bit different than your traditional doctor's visit,” she said. “So there's a pretty intensive intake process where I ask a lot of questions and it's put together into a pattern. So it's very individual. Each treatment protocol is tailored to the person and not just to whatever disease they have.”
Bouchard added that acupuncture can bring a number of benefits, both short- and long-term, to people dealing with too much stress.
"For your first treatment, it would be just a general sense of relaxation. It does release a lot of feel-good hormones like dopamine and oxytocin. So that helps with your moods in general. But it also helps to kind of regulate your nervous system so that you're not always running at such a high level of stress and it helps you deal and manage with stress better going forward.”
Besides acupuncture, Bouchard’s treatment plans also include herbal formulas, supplements and guidance on nutrition and lifestyle.

More Local News

RCMP looking for missing Fort Saskatchewan teen

The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP could use some help finding a missing teenager.

Sledge Hockey Day another success

It was the biggest year yet for the Robin Hood Association's third annual Sledge Hockey Day.

Primary Care Network says the best diet is a balanced one

How much food from each food group should be in meals?

Redwater council decides against increasing pool fees

Pool fees in Redwater will be staying the same for another year.

Fortis Alberta gives $25,000 to schools for environmental programs

Some local schools recently received funding.

École Campbelltown celebrate French heritage

As part of their month-long celebration “Mois de la francophonie albertaine” the students and staff of École Campbelltown held a special flag-raising ceremony for International Francophonie Day.

Freedom Conservatives choose Malcolm Stinson for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville

Malcolm Stinson was recently selected as the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta candidate in Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville.

Two pedestrians hit in crosswalks

Keep an eye out for pedestrians.

Fog advisory for the area

A fog advisory has been issued for the heartland.

Chamber hosting All Candidate Forum for provincial election

Residents will soon have the chance to hear from their candidates. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide