& 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, traditional acupuncture and massage therapy can greatly help prepare the body for conception, pregnancy, support breech correction, 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 your New Patient Intake paperwork HERE 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. 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. When you're ready after 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
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Chiropractic care is a safe and natural approach to enhancing the body's ability to function properly which is accomplished through enhancing the function of the Master Control System of the body, the central nervous system. In many cases, fertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, high stress and poor lifestyle habits. Chiropractors are nervous system specialists and reducing interference in the nervous system is their primary goal.
Chiropractic is often used in conjunction with other treatment such as massage therapy and acupuncture to enhance fertility function. Relieving stress and tight muscles with therapeutic massage is recommended to aid conception goals. Utilized for centuries, acupuncture can help resolve infertility concerns, reduce the need for external intervention and/or can greatly improve the chances of successful medical procedures such as InVitro Fertilization (IVF) AmericanPregnancy.org
The traditional acupuncture approach to fertility focuses on hormonal balancing, improved circulation, diet/herbal support, stress reduction and preparing the body in advance of conception to support a sustained pregnancy.
We also stock top-notch prenatal nutritional supplements that offer 100% natural folate instead of synthetic folic acid available.
With Chiropractic care, acupuncture and 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 during pregnancy and help correct breech positioning. It focuses on balancing the pelvis and relaxing the muscles and ligaments associated with the uterine area. Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce active labour duration and incidences of tearing.
Traditional acupuncture 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 treated between 33-36 weeks gestation, acupuncture in conjunction with Chiropractic can also support breech correction naturally.
With pre-birth acupuncture treatment starting at 36 weeks, natural induction support can be provided at 39 weeks on to help the body prepare for labour by ripening the cervix, encouraging baby into optimal position and promoting energy and stamina for Mum.
We also offer specialty tables/equipment and pregnancy 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 pregnancy 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 postural advice too.
Acupuncture can also support postpartum hormonal balancing, boost stamina, system function and provide much needed rest for busy new Mums.
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. Alongside relaxing therapeutic massage, our Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna 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 colic, constipation, fussiness, Torticollis, flat spot/head turn preference and latching/breastfeeding issues, hip dysplasia and support cognitive and motor skill 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.
Acupuncture can also address chronic conditions, illness and psychological conditions including allergies, stress and sleep problems for children. There are many no-needle therapies, techniques and herbs available to help keep kids comfortable during and after care. Acupuncture for children is highly effective and virtually painless.
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 Acupuncture 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."