Dr. Meaghan Datema, ND

Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Meaghan joined the Gardiner Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre in 2019. She is a registered Naturopathic Doctor with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and afterwards pursued further studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. There she took focused training in sports medicine, nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and botanical medicine. During her 12-month clinical internship, she was on the Sports Medicine and Pain Management specialty shift to learn more about athlete health and the health challenges it presents. She also completed the training to become a Certified Sport Nutritionist.

When not treating patients, Dr. Meaghan is often found running, drinking a cup (or several cups) of tea, and catching up on some of her favourite podcasts.

Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Meaghan is passionate about helping people achieve their best health. She has extensive experience helping her patients heal their digestion, balance their hormones, and recover from burnout. She also has experience working with all levels of athletes from recreation sports, to pro sports and everyone in between

Naturopathic Medicine can help you with

  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Concussion
  • Adrenal fatigue and burnout
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hot flashes
  • High blood pressure

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a healing modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) -a system of medicine originating in China more than 3,000 years ago. It involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the body at specific points in order to achieve a therapeutic effect and restore health. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve the function of affected areas of the body. It is safe, and effective and the benefits are cumulative.

Acupuncture is presently recognized by WHO (World Health Organization) as effective in many areas such as relieving pain and enhancing overall wellness.

What are commonly seen conditions for Acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions.

  • Muscle and joint pain/disorders (whiplash, repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis, sciatica, low back pain, arthritis)
  • Neurological disorders (fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, nerve pain)
  • Stress disorders (insomnia, anxiety, low energy)
  • Hormone balancing (irregular cycles, PMS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, menopause, hot flashes)

Does it hurt?

Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and as thin as hair. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of discomfort as the needles are inserted. Most reportedly feel a sensation of heaviness at the site of insertion while others feel a sense of relaxation.

At Gardiner Family Chiropractic, Dr. Meaghan uses acupuncture as a treatment to help manage pain, stimulate or calm nerves, and to relax muscles and connective tissue.

Dr. Meaghan uses both Eastern and Western styles of acupuncture to suit the nature of the condition. This painless and drugless approach to bringing balance to the body is something everyone can benefit from.