Pregnancy And Child Wellness
The health team at back to wellness centre works together to provide the best possible care in a compassionate and professional health care environment to patients during pregnancy and child wellness. Patients can choose to engage one or more practitioners of their choice or we can recommend a team that will best address their concerns.
Under the disciplines below is a description of how each team member at our clinic can be part of pregnancy care and natural health care for newborns to older children.
Our resident Acupuncturist – via needles and/or needle-LESS acupuncture can address fertility issues and pregnancy maintenance – which trace back to hormone imbalances. A thorough assessment including pulse and tongue diagnosis in addition to a thorough medical history intake help determine which system(s) of the body require some needling or laser – the latter being painless.
For children, acupuncture is a great addition to treatment programs for ADD/ADHD, respiratory ailments, and digestive disorders; and with our needle-LESS method it’s child friendly.
With our specialized drop chiropractic tables, pregnancy support pillows, soft tissue manipulation – ART – and the Webster technique we ensure our pregnant patients safe and effective treatment.
Children are a large part of our chiropractic practice. Our doctors have had years of experience treating small spines and joints with very gentle adjustments aka “popcorns”.
The Chiropractic Approach:
Babies and Children
Today more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their babies and children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth and chiropractic care is recommended from their very early days onwards. Natural as well as C-section births can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nervous system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, constipation, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, respiratory conditions and infections can often be traced to nerve system stress for babies as well as children.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life yet at certain periods it can also be very stressful physically, chemically and emotionally. Physically there are many changes which need to occur as your body adapts to the growing baby. As long as the pelvis is in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus create and equal suspension for the fetus.
Many women have endured physical stresses even before being pregnant and these pre existing conditions can manifest or even exacerbate lower back problems, sciatica, migraines, etc. If the pelvis is out of alignment, this eventually leads to diminished space for the developing baby as well as making it difficult for the baby to get into the best position for delivery. Any baby position even slightly off during birth will slow down labour and increase pain to both the mother and baby.
The Webster Technique is a specific Chiropractic analysis and adjustment of the sacrum, which removes constraint to the woman’s uterus and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) strongly recommends that this technique be used throughout pregnancy. Dr. Rozina Budhwani is a member of the association and is certified in the Webster Technique.
Because nutrition is key for a successful pregnancy and for a healthy mom and baby our ND’s offer nutritional and supplement guidance for our patients through their term and are ready to prescribe natural medications for ailments where pharmaceutical drugs are not an option or not preferred. We can assist you through relentless heartburn, hay fever, headaches, digestive concerns, and more; and all with natural and professional products.
For the little one, we can be their primary health care practitioners. Our doctors work with children for various ailments such as colic, rashes, asthma, allergies, ADD/ADHD, and various other conditions. We pride ourselves in using safe, professional grade products (that taste good!) and we use non-invasive treatments.
Equipped with an advanced massage therapy treatment table and pregnancy support cushions, our registered massage therapist addresses the various discomforts of pregnancy and preexisting chronic pains. Sciatica, hip pain, low backache, injuries are just a few conditions that are approached in a professional and safe environment.
Infant massage is a wonderful way to interact and strengthen the bond between you and your baby. It not only provides a soothing and relaxing experience for you and your child – it has health benefits too. Infant massage is great in relieving pain such as chest congestion, sinus congestion, and colitis. Mucus build up in the lungs can be “broken up” through massage and thus help to free up the passage of air in the lungs. The discomfort of colitis can be reduced by gentle stroking of the abdomen in order to release trapped pockets of gas. Infant massage also helps to enhance the neurological development of the child. Continuous stimulation of the skin speeds up brain myelination – a process that increases the speed of neuron firing in the brain. It also helps to enhance circulation and increases the hours in which a child will sleep. Physical contact also helps to increase a baby’s awareness of its surroundings. Learn how to give your infant a massage from one of our Registered Massage Therapists and experience all the benefits it can offer you and your baby.
Massage Therapy and Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a beautiful journey that involves unique physical changes in the body. Stress reduction, headaches, sore feet, calf cramps, constipation, pain due to muscle imbalance and joint laxity are only a few of the pregnancy related complaints treated with massage therapy. Pregnancy can also induce thoracic outlet syndrome, sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome. Early intervention or relief of varicosities can be addressed with massage therapy. Lymphatic drainage can decrease swelling. During a massage appointment education about pregnancy related pain, postural changes, and labour preparation are also offered. Massage therapy can decrease anxiety and empower a mother throughout her pregnancy. Personalized home care is offered to stretch and strengthen key muscles for optimal health before, during and after pregnancy.