Chiropractic Care

Prenatal & Postpartum Chiropractic Care


 

Pregnant woman receives a prenatal chiropractic treatment to treat her pain
The experience of motherhood is different for all of us.

That’s why our chiropractic services are always catered to your unique situation, no matter how many weeks pregnant or postnatal you are - or how wee your little one is. West End Mamas chiropractic treatments are smart healthcare, good parenting, responsible preparation, and a self-care treat, all wrapped up in one.

Prenatal chiropractic treatments at West End Mamas are provided on a specialized table that allows patients to safely and comfortably receive treatments while lying on their bellies – what a treat!

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Prenatal Chiropractic


Chiropractor places her hands on pregnant woman's belly during prenatal treatment

 

You're expecting a baby but didn't expect all the hip and joint pain.

Or the mood swings. Or the tiredness that just won’t quit because you haven’t slept in weeks. Not to mention that stabbing feeling you-know-where.

Unfortunately the aches and pains may be an unwanted side-effect of your pregnancy. Your neck might be aching, your hips may be uncomfortable, your pelvis and back may be sore, you may be having trouble sleeping, and all along, your body is changing on a daily basis.

We understand the discomfort of pregnancy and we can help you feel better. Our prenatal chiropractic treatments are soft-tissue and gentle adjustment-based. We help your tight muscles relax, ease any paint or discomfort, and teach you ways you can feel good at home and in your life.

Prenatal Chiropractic treatments can start at any point during your pregnancy.

Prenatal Chiropractic Treatments may include:

  • Specialized gentle techniques to help ease pelvic girdle/low back and hip issues
  • Gentle adjustments appropriate for your growing body
  • Soft-tissue work to ease round ligament and broad ligament pain
  • Pubic bone adjustments to decrease standing and walking pain
  • Athletic tape and specialized modalities for rib pain
  • Gentle techniques for neck pain
  • Instruction on home exercises specific to where you are in your pregnancy
  • Advice on how to increase your activity if you’ve not been active (first trimester exhaustion, anyone?), or how to maintain your activity level if you’ve been active throughout your pregnancy.
  • Help with fetal positioning in case you already have a dancer on your hands

Some of the more common conditions we treat:

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica/Sciatic nerve pain
  • Groin pain
  • Abdominal/Uterus pain
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Pelvic pain
West End Mamas works with insurance companies to do online billing for treatments, whenever possible. Simply ask if your insurance company is compliant when you book your appointment.
Pregnant woman received a prenatal chiropractic treamtnet in preparation for labour

 

Labour Preparation

Whether this is your first child or the next of many, we work to prepare your body for a shorter, easier labour without interventions.

Maybe the time has come (or has already passed). You and your baby are ready to take on the world together. Whether you’ve decided to have a home or hospital birth, a midwife or an obstetrician, we can help you prepare your body for an easier labour and birth. We’ll level and align your pelvis, release tension and stiff muscles, ease any of your anxiety or concerns, and provide moral and emotional support before the big day.

Many of our clients tell us that their labours were short and easy thanks to our labour prep prenatal chiropractic treatments. While we can’t make any promises about your labour, we can balance your pelvis, ease your aching glutes, and release any surrounding tension to your lower back and uterus to make labour as smooth as possible for you and your baby.

Labour Preparation treatments can begin as early as week 6 of pregnancy! Don’t worry – it’s never too late. Even if you’re 40 or 41 weeks pregnant and that baby hasn’t yet descended into your pelvis, come on in. We can help.

Chiropractor helps a pregnant woman get her baby into an ideal birth position

 

Malposition Chiropractic Care

We see hundreds of mamas every year for breech, transverse and posterior babies – you’re in good hands.

The books tell you that by the mid-to-end of your third trimester, your baby will be in a head down position, readying themselves for birth. When your baby doesn’t drop or is in the wrong position, we call it “malposition” or “malpresentation”. You might have also heard the words breech, transverse, posterior, or even sunny-side-up. Regardless of what you call it, we can help create the ideal situation for your baby to move into position.

A recent journal article reported that chiropractic treatments for malpositioning result in an 82% success rate. For us, that statistic also means an 82% decrease in interventions and C-sections.

Malposition treatments can begin as early as 30 weeks.

Malposition treatments may include:

  • Specialized gentle techniques to help ease pelvic girdle/low back and hip issues
  • Gentle adjustments appropriate for your growing body
  • Soft-tissue work to ease round ligament and broad ligament pain
  • Pubic bone adjustments to decrease standing and walking pain
  • Athletic tape and specialized modalities for rib pain
  • Gentle techniques for neck pain
  • Instruction on home exercises specific to where you are in your pregnancy
  • Advice on how to increase your activity if you’ve not been active (first trimester exhaustion, anyone?), or how to maintain your activity level if you’ve been active throughout your pregnancy.
  • Help with fetal positioning in case you already have a dancer on your hands

Let's get your baby head down and ready.

If you're 36 weeks along or more, please call us directly and we'll makre sure to fit you in.
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Postnatal Chiropractic


New mother suffering from back pain receives relief with a postnatal chiropractic treatment

 

Congratulations, you had a baby!

While becoming a mother has been an incredible experience, once the euphoria of the birth wears off, you begin to realize what a toll the pregnancy has taken on your body. That’s okay. We get it. And we can help.

Your body is an amazing thing, especially in its ability to recover and rejuvenate. All it needs is the right kind of convincing.

Postpartum chiropractic treatments can help alleviate the pain of childbirth, bring your core muscles back, and encourage long-term wellness using your body’s natural mechanics.

Postpartum Chiropractic Care can mean different things to different people.

Chiropractic Pain Relief

Easing your pain is always our top priority.

Diastasis (or the separation of the abdominal muscles) is a common postpartum complaint as are pelvic and hip alignment issues. Motherhood can make you feel all the feels; we can help alleviate the pain and increase the joy.

Recovering from labour isn’t always easy, especially since you now have a little one to take care of all day and night. If you’re in pain or having trouble reaching, lifting, or sitting, we can help.

Postpartum chiropractic pain relief treatments target and address the root cause of your pain. Chiropractic adjustments will decrease the pain associated with pelvic and hip misalignment and postpartum exercises will start to increase your core muscles, helping your body strengthen and recover.

You may bring your new baby to the clinic – we even have childcare available for your little one during appointments a few times a week! Call or email us today to inquire.

Common postpartum conditions:

You would think that having the baby was the hard part, right? Not so much. Pain after having a baby is common, and doesn’t make that difficult postpartum time any easier. Some of the more common things that we see in the office postpartum include:

  • Neck pain (nursing/bottle-feeding hunchback)
  • Low back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Postpartum treatments may include:

  • Modalities such as ultrasound or IFC (Interferential Current) therapy to decrease pain
  • Clearance for return to exercise
  • Specific exercise prescription for wherever you are at. We recognize that being a mama is hard work, and often a strenuous exercise program isn’t practical
  • Soft tissue work to ease tension and hypersensitivity
  • Gentle spinal adjustments
  • A referral to our pelvic floor physiotherapist, if needed
  • We have great RMTs on staff too! Registered massage therapy (RMT) sessions can encourage relaxation and healing
  • Accessories for pelvic support at home

Taking care of a baby is hard work, but it doesn't have to be painful.

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Pediatric Chiropractic


Recently delivered new born baby in pediatric care

 

Chiropractic care for infants and children.

Being born is a big job. That passage through the pelvis can be long and tumultuous. Being instrument-assisted to come into the world (forceps, vacuum, manual neck traction) can make things a little more rough. Being born by c-section is no walk in the park either; all that time spent in the uterus upside down can cause its own problems, such as hip and shoulder problems. Getting your kids looked at by our pediatric chiropractor shortly after birth is a great idea!

Bigger kids can benefit from a visit to the chiropractor too – we can assess major growth milestones, make sure that crawling/walking/running/sports are going well and keep your little one feeling their best as they grow.

All of our pediatric chiropractic treatments are performed by Dr. Daniela Arciero.

Being a baby is hard work. We can help.

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Common questions about Pediatric Chiropractic

What are the most common paediatric conditions that we treat?

The most common pediatric issues that see in our office are digestive issues and colic in infants. Perhaps your baby is gassy, fussy, colicky or just has a hard time settling? Consider chiropractic.

We also very commonly see feeding and latching issues. If your baby is having a hard time latching, consider having her little spine checked out. Sometimes babies have a hard time getting their heads to turn one way or another, and a very gentle chiropractic adjustment can make all of the difference. If your baby only ever tilts their head to one side, consider a chiropractic assessment and treatment.

How can pediatric chiropractic help?

Some of the other common issues and conditions that can be treated with pediatric chiropractic:

  • Latching issues
  • Feeding issues
  • Colic
  • Digestive issues
  • Gassy babies
  • Crawling and walking issues
  • Torticollis/infants turning head only to one side
  • Constipation
  • Growing pains
Is chiropractic safe for infants/children? Will chiropractic adjustments hurt my child?

Chiropractic adjustments are very gentle and safe. Often babies will sleep through their assessment & treatment. Evaluating & treating an infant is very different from evaluating and adjusting an adult.

There is no audible sound or twisting of the spine required to treat an infant/child, just a gentle pressure that helps to facilitate proper alignment and remove any restriction in those joints. Children respond well to and love to get adjusted!

At what age should I bring my infant in to get checked by a chiropractor?

Your child is never too young to have their spine assessed. Dr. Daniela has assessed and treated infants as young as the day they were born. Ideally, it’s best to bring your child in the first month of life. Even a “natural”, intervention-free vaginal birth places stress on an infant’s spine. Remember that your infant was there through every step of that birth with you! Follow up visits would be recommended during major milestones – starting to sit, crawl, walk. If they have experienced any trauma or there have been any signs of imbalance such as limping or head tilting, those are also good indications that your child should be checked.

What can I expect during a pediatric chiropractic visit?

The first visit will be the longest. We will go through a detailed health history and thorough physical exam, focusing on the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the function of the nervous system. We will discuss how chiropractic care can help restore proper joint function allowing the body to heal and work at its best. Chiropractic care may include gentle adjustments to the spinal joints that will be modified to the age, size and developmental stage of the infant or child. Craniosacral therapy (CST), a gentle technique used to help remove stress and underlying tension of the joints (sutures) of the skull, may be also be used.

It’s easy enough to understand that cranial symmetry is important for a growing brain, but the positive impact of CST on parasympathetic nervous - the part of the nervous system that is responsible for functions to thrive like sleeping, eating, pooping and growing – is incredible. CST is so gentle and relaxing that most infants sleep through this treatment. Home care recommendations may be given as well.

Dr. Daniela is passionate about children getting the best start to life. She has completed extensive training in prenatal paediatric chiropractic through the ICPA (International Chiropractic Paediatric Association). To learn more about chiropractic care for children, visit www.icpa4kids.org.

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Complementary Services & Treatments


We provide a holistic approach to treatment, and have a wide variety of services that compliment each other. Click on the links below for more information about how our other services can help you on your path to motherhood.

Woman receiving a relaxing and rejuvenating prenatal massage treatment

Registered Massage Therapy

Our Registered Massage Therapists are specialists in fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum challenges. Reduce physical and emotional stress levels, and alleviate sore muscles and anxiety.

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Woman receives acupuncture treatment to help with her fertility and pregnancy

Acupuncture

Acupuncture balances the body’s systems to achieve overall optimal health. Acupuncture is a relaxing and non-invasive treatment that can enhance the efficacy of other treatments and services.

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A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist provides a prenatal treatment to a pregnant woman

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic health physiotherapy can help alleviate any pre-existing pelvic pain or imbalance, speeds up your recovery time, alleviates discomfort, bladder control issues, abdominal and/or back pain, and pain or discomfort during sex.

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