& PEDIATRIC CARE
Treating Mum's-To-Be & the Whole Family
What Are The Benefits of Integrative Care?
In our clinic, we support health for the whole family and our approach is safe, gentle and supportive of your abilities and choices.
Providing what is known as "prenatal" (before birth, pregnancy), "postnatal" or "postpartum" (after birth care for Mum and baby), and "pediatric" (children) care, we offer a multi-disciplinary team with advanced expertise and a passion for helping mothers-to-be and their children.
A blend of Chiropractic and massage therapy can greatly help prepare and support the body for pregnancy, and Mum's needs as she progresses towards labour, and delivery while keeping Mum and baby as safe and comfortable as possible. We also collaborate with a network of special midwives and doulas to support our lovely ladies as they progress.
Your First Visit
Prior to your first visit, please take a few moments to complete the appropriate New Patient Intake paperwork found within your confirmation email or arrive 10-minutes early to complete a paper version, as this will provide our team with the required information to evaluate your health needs to ensure the utmost care.
During your first visit, you will share information about your health history including fertility/deliveries, any injury or surgery, medications, family health history and your reasons for seeking care at this time. A physical assessment may include: posture, range of motion, reflexes, vitals, and other orthopaedic and neurologic tests. Special equipment and techniques, including gentle manual, Activator, Flexion-Distraction, Webster or drop-table adjustments may take place as well as some soft tissue techniques for enhanced range of motion. Your required treatment plan will be outlined for your optimal results. Kinesio taping may be utilized for additional support or stability. Gown or shorts are provided if needed. Special pregnancy pillows and equipment allow for comfortable care.
After your treatment, some homecare recommendations may have been suggested to you including gentle stretches or yoga, acupressure techniques, water/diet/lifestyle modifications, ice/heat application and various follow-up treatment. You will see our team at any point before, during and after pregnancy, with treatment altered accordingly. Aim to come in occasionally as you progress in your pregnancy for relief from discomfort as your body changes. Towards the last stretch of the pregnancy (33 weeks on), expect to see our team weekly or every 2 weeks as your body changes more rapidly and prepares for labour. Following delivery, we recommend that you come in for stability support (due to hormonal and pelvic changes or birth injury), postpartum balancing and postural changes due to sleep changes, breast feeding etc. It's a good idea to have our Chiropractors check out baby also to ensure all is well following the birth process, ensuring the optimal sleep, eat, poop cycle.
Integrative healthcare refers to comprehensive or seamless continuity of care. In our clinic, our team often works together to ensure that each patient's treatment is delivered thoroughly, with special care for expecting mothers.
Differing from many healthcare environments, a dedication to collaboration and communication in our clinic translates to:
Our patients having more access to the vast expertise of all of our team members rather than being limited to one provider - which means more skills and techniques!
Thorough patient records and efficient 'in-house' communication reducing conflicts between practitioner treatment plans and wait-time for results
A focus on treating the whole person or family, working together (and with other health providers) to address the root causes rather than disjointed symptoms
Progress is better tracked and treatment is re-evaluated more regularly for individualized care (especially as pregnancy progresses)
A commitment that no patient slips through the cracks in our clinic, when the patient is equally committed to one's health
A variety of holistic healthcare services and support products complement our Chiropractic care to help ensure optimal function and prevention of future ailments. Learn more about:
Registered Massage Therapy
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Chiropractic care is a safe and natural approach to enhancing the body's ability to function properly which is a secondary benefit of spinal re-alignment for biomechanical function and the enhancement of the function of the Master Control System of the body, the central nervous system. Although the primary goal of Chiropractic is improving musculoskeletal biomechanical and postural needs, treatment also supports the reduced interference in the nervous system for improved health.
Chiropractic is often used in conjunction with other treatment for optimal physical function, such as massage therapy in our clinic. Relieving stress and tight muscles with professional therapeutic massage, performed by an RMT, is highly recommended. Our team is dedicated to supporting patient's goals within our scope of expertise and skills on their journey to achieving optimal health and wellness.
We also stock top-notch prenatal nutritional supplements that offer 100% natural folate instead of synthetic folic acid available.
With Chiropractic care and registered massage therapy, we can address Mum's ever changing needs during pregnancy and relieve discomfort (including back, pelvic, hip/sciatica, round ligament pulling, rib discomfort and more) as her body rapidly changes during each stage of pregnancy and prepares for birth.
Our Chiropractors are Webster Pregnancy Care Certified (trained to specifically work with expecting mothers) and offer special techniques to help Mum and baby stay safe and comfortable during the rapid changes in each stage of pregnancy, focusing on balancing the pelvis and relaxing the muscles and ligaments associated with Mum's changing needs. Chiropractic care has been shown to support the body and relieve discomfort as Mum's progresses towards labour and delivery.
If needed, referral to Traditional TCM acupuncture performed by a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine can help keep Mum and baby safe and comfortable during each stage of pregnancy as well as provide pre-birth and labour induction support in preparation of delivery. Ideally, Chiropractic, traditional TCM acupuncture and massage in conjunction will offer a range of support for Mum's changing needs. See FREE Acupressure booklet linked below.
We also offer specialty tables/equipment for our services and prenatal pillows to help keep Mum comfortable during treatment and allow for a coveted face-down or side-lying position for comfortable and safe prenatal massage throughout all stages of pregnancy.
After Birth Support
Receiving Chiropractic care after delivery is important, given the sudden change in the body and birth trauma experienced. Labour can cause changes in the pelvis and abdominal muscles which can lead to instability, this alongside birthing hormones still cycling through the body, allows for extra mobility in the joints. In order for Mum to get more physical support, our Chiropractors can offer gentle re-alignment and kinesio taping to help improve stability as the body recovers and regains strength. We can offer breastfeeding and sleeping postural advice for busy new Mums too.
Our Class IV Laser Therapy is also an excellent option for Mum's with post-delivery discomfort or to rapidly improve the healing of surgical incisions, staples or pain. Relaxing therapeutic massage can also reduce muscle ache and bring general calm after the birth experience. Nursing Mum's may need to drink 1-2 extra glasses of water to help re-hydrate after these two therapies.
Postural support/braces, kinesiotape and nutritional supplements to aid in breast milk production and boosting milk supply are available for purchase as well!
Newborns & Kids
Newborns and children of all ages benefit from preventative care as they rebound from labour/birth challenges or trauma, as they experience growth spurts and as they go about their regular activities.
Chiropractic tailored to infants and children is a bit different than with adults and is extremely gentle. Babies are treated with less fingertip pressure than you would use for testing the ripeness of a tomato.
Chiropractic can address discomfort constipation, fussiness, Torticollis, flat spot/head turn preference and latching/breastfeeding issues, hip dysplasia and support youth development as they grow. Babies often eat, sleep and poop very well after a treatment - it goes to show how well babies function when their growing bodies are aligned! Our Chiropractors are members of The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and provide safe and gentle care to kids of all ages.
There are many benefits to holistic health care for kids, including improved function and development of healthy habits.In our clinic, it is important that our team builds trust and good rapport with your kiddos to avoid anxiety related to treatment - we like for your children to think of our clinic as an enjoyable Doctor's office experience - no painful booster shots here! A series of occasional Chiropractic and visits help your children better understand their body, feel their best and guide them on a path of preventative health and wellness into adulthood.
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” – ICPA
Kirstin G. says...
"During the past two years my chiropractic needs have varied and changed immensely. She helped me heal from whiplash symptoms following a car accident, in which I was rear ended. Assisted me with TMJ and digestive issues. She kept me well adjusted during my first pregnancy... I trust Dr. Claudia Sacco so much I would without hesitation put my four day old baby in her hands. In between these big moments I continue to book visits for everyday care and maintenance. Before I end my praise, I will also mention that Dr. Claudia Sacco also helps us maintain our health and assist our recovery at home with great exercise tips, advice and recommendations for care such as massage and dietary supplements. It would be an extreme challenge to find a chiropractor in Calgary as passionate and truly caring as Dr. Claudia Sacco."
Acupressure & Complementary Therapies for Labour and Birth study protocol significantly reduced epidural use and caesarean section